School of Public Health

Welcome to the School of Public Health

Health Education England, North West

An introduction from the Head of School, Rebecca Wagstaff 

I am delighted to introduce the North West School of Public Health to you.

The North West School of Public Health training placements are grouped into three geographies – Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside, and Cumbria and Lancashire. An individual Specialty Registrar will normally be based in one of these geographies throughout their training. However, they might take advantage of special training opportunities in other geographies within the North West or elsewhere in the UK, especially later in training.

All North West School of Public Health Specialty Registrars complete the MPH at Liverpool University in their first year. As Head of School, I am very privileged to be supported by three zonal Programme Directors who each have one half day per week to develop the portfolios of training locations in Cumbria and Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and Cheshire and Merseyside.

The School of Public Health is part of Health Education England and serves the whole of the North West of England. We train and educate public health experts and leaders to serve the people of the North West and beyond. Training in Public Health is multidisciplinary: about half of our Specialty Registrars are from a medical background, and half from other professions. Our graduates hold jobs in a wide variety of organisations that have public health as their focus, including Local Authorities, the NHS, academic organisations and Public Health England.

The School of Public Health is one of the Specialty Schools in Health Education England. We follow HEE policies and processes that meet the standards and guidance for training in place from the United Kingdom General Medical Council. The Public Health curriculum is designed by the Faculty of Public Health, our responsible professional college.

There are currently over 50 Specialty Registrars on the public health training programme. We have over 30 accredited training locations in local authorities, Public Health England, NHS trusts and other more specialised locations. The School relies on approximately 80 accredited educational and academic supervisors to support and direct registrars through training.

Head of School

Dr Rebecca Wagstaff 

Deputy Director -Health and Wellbeing

PHE Cumbria and Lancashire

2nd Floor County Hall (Pitt Street reception)

Preston  PR1 8XB

T: 0344 225 0562 

M: 07717 832695 


Training Programme Directors

Cheshire and Merseyside                      

Julia Rosser
Public Health and Public Protection Department 

Halton Borough Council 

Runcorn Twon Hall

Heath Road 



WA7 5TD 

T: 0151 5118655


E: Julia Rosser <>

Cumbria and Lancashire                      

Judith Mills
Public Health Department
Blackpool Council
Fourth Floor Number One
Bickerstaffe Square Talbot Road
Blackpool FY1 3AH
T: 01253 476310

Greater Manchester                                         

Eleanor Roaf
Interim Director of Public Health
Children, Families and Wellbeing Directorate
Trafford Council
Trafford Town Hall
Talbot Road

Stretford M32 0TH
T:  0161 9121201

North West School of Public Health Support Team

Programme Support Officer

Asmaa Yehia
Health Education England North West            
First Floor Regatta Place
Brunswick Business Park
Summers Road
Liverpool L3 4BL
T: 0151 479 2585

Programme Support Business Manager

Stephen Atkinson
Health Education England North West
First Floor Regatta Place
Brunswick Business Park
Summers Road
Liverpool L3 4BL

T: 0151 479 2591