Public Health ST1

Person specification and entry criteria for Public Health ST1 2023 recruitment

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Essential entry critria

Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification, or
  • first degree (1st or 2:1 or equivalent grade)i, or
  • higher certificated degree (Masters or PhD)

When is this evaluated?ii

  • Application form

 

i  The qualifying degree must have been certificated by the date of submission of the application.

ii  ‘When is this evaluated’ is indicative but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process.

Eligibility

Applicants must: 

  • be eligible to work in the UK
For those with a medical degree applying for a medical training post in public health
  • be eligible for full registration with, and hold a current licence to practiseiii from, the GMC at intended start dateiv, and
  • have a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate medical experience by time of appointmentv (equivalent to that obtained in a UK foundation training programme)
  • have evidence of achievement of foundation competences, in the 3.5 years preceding the advertised post start date for the round of application, via one of the following methods:
    • current employment in a UKFPO-affiliated foundation programme, or
    • having been awarded an FPCC (or FACD 5.2) from a UK-affiliated foundation programme within the 3.5 years preceding the advertised post start date, or
    • current employment in a GMC approved Specialty Training programme holding either a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery reference number (DRN); or
    • awarded a CCT in another specialty, and in current or recent practice (minimum 3 months within the 3.5 years preceding the advertised post start date); or
    • 12 months medical experience after full GMC registration (or equivalent post licensing experience), and evidence to commence specialty training in the form of a Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training
For those without a medical degree, or those with a medical degree, choosing to apply through the non-medical route
  • At least 48 months' whole-time equivalent (wte) work experience by application closing date, of which at least 24 months (wte) must be in an area relevant to population health practicevi. The 24 months should be at Band 6 or above of Agenda for Change or equivalentvii and a minimum of 3 months (wte) at Band 6 level or equivalent in the 3.5 years preceding the intended start date.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centreviii

 

iii  The GMC introduced the licence to practise in 2009. Any doctor wishing to practise in the UK after this date must be both registered with and hold a licence to practise from the GMC at time of appointment.

iv  ‘Intended start date’ refers to the date at which the post commences, not (necessarily) the time an offer is accepted.

v  ‘Time of appointment’ refers to the date at which the post commences, not (necessarily) the time an offer is accepted. For 2023 ST1 posts this will normally be 2nd August 2023, unless a different start date is specifically indicated in advance by the employing trust/LETB.

vi  Experience relevant to public health practice will be evidenced by explanation of relevance on the application form.

vii  https://www.nhsemployers.org/topics-networks/pay-pensions-and-reward/nhs-terms-and-conditions-service-agenda-change

viii  ‘Selection centre’ refers to a process, not a place. It involves a number of selection activities which may be delivered within the unit of application.

Fitness to practise

Applicant is up to date and fit to practise safely and is aware of own training needs.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • References
Language skills

Applicants must have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as assessed by the General Medical Councilix.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Pre-employment health screening

 

ix  Applicants are advised to visit the GMC website which gives details of evidence accepted for registration.

Health

Applicants must meet professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice).

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Pre-employment health screening
Career progression

Applicants must:

  • have evidence of satisfactory career progression through documented employment history
  • have notified the Training Programme Director of the specialty training programme they are currently training in if applying to continue training in the same specialty in another regionx 
  • not have previously relinquished or been released or removed from a training programme in this specialty, except if they have received an ARCP outcome 1 or under exceptional circumstancesxi
  • not already hold, nor be eligible to hold, a CCT/CESR in public health and/or must not currently be eligible for the specialist register for public health

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

x  The ‘support for application to another region’ form, signed by the Training Programme Director of their current specialty training programme confirming satisfactory progress must be submitted to the recruitment office at time of application.

xi  Exceptional circumstances may be defined as a demonstrated change in circumstances, which can be shown on the ability to train at that time and may include severe personal illness or family caring responsibility incompatible with continuing to train. Applicants will only be considered if they provide a ‘support for reapplication to a specialty training programme’ form signed by both the Training Programme Director or Head of School and the Postgraduate Dean in the LETB or Deanery that the training took place. No other evidence will be accepted.

Application completion

All sections of application form completed fully according to written guidelines.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form

Selection criteria

Qualifications

Essential

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification, or
  • first degree (1st or 2:1 or equivalent grade), or
  • higher certificated degree (Masters or PhD)

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Technical skills – technical knowledge and clinical expertise

Essential

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the concepts of health, disease and illness and of structural, environmental and behavioural determinants of health at a population level.
  • Demonstrates understanding of public health concepts and inequalities and an appreciation of the importance of health protection.
  • Demonstrates awareness of situations in which work is undertaken, including political awareness, understanding of the impact of national policy on health, and awareness of the importance of clinical and corporate governance.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Academic and research skills

Essential

  • Demonstrates understanding of the importance and basic principles of scientific research and evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrates basic understanding of research methodology including research ethics, statistics and epidemiology, basic ability to appraise critically a scientific research paper.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Personal skills

Essential

Communication skills
  • Capability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English to a wide variety of audiences, adapting language to the situation as appropriate. 
  • Capability to listen, build rapport, persuade and negotiate with individuals and groups.
Conceptual thinking and problem solving
  • Capability to use critical and strategic thinking to understand and solve complex problems.
  • Capability for numerical, critical thinking and verbal reasoning.
  • Capability to handle uncertainty.
Managing others and team involvement
  • Capability to work effectively in partnership with others and demonstrate leadership where appropriate.
  • Demonstrates a facilitative, collaborative approach and respects others’ views.
  • Demonstrates capability and willingness to work in multi-disciplinary teams and respects multi-agency contribution to health.
Organisation and planning
  • Capability to manage and prioritise time, information and resources in an organised and systematic way.
  • Demonstrates preparation and self-discipline.
  • Capability to work with long timescales for delivery within agencies with differing priorities.
  • Demonstrates basic computer literacy, including electronic communication.
Coping with pressure
  • Capability to operate under pressure and awareness of own limitations.
  • Demonstrates initiative and resilience to adapt and respond to changing circumstances, timescales, organisational structures and systems.
Values
  • Understands, respects and demonstrates the values of the NHS (such as everyone counts; improving lives; commitment to quality of care; respect and dignity; working together for patients; compassion).

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Probity – professional integrity

Essential

  • Demonstrates probity (displays honesty, integrity, aware of ethical dilemmas, respects confidentiality).
  • Capacity to take responsibility for own action.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Commitment to specialty – learning and personal development

Essential

  • Demonstrates relevance of first and/or higher degree and previous experience to public health.
  • Demonstrates evidence of interest and realistic insight into public health, with an understanding of, and commitment to, public health principles in relation to interventions around the needs of an individual and the population in general.
  • Is self-aware, self-motivated and committed to personal and professional development.
  • Capability for reflective and high-quality practice.

Desirable

  • Achievements and extracurricular activities relevant to public health, for example, relevant experience in clinical or community settings, demonstration of commitment to public health principles in previous service work, courses or training.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References