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School of Public Health

The Oxford School of Public Health (OxSPH) oversees all aspects of training for both specialists and practitioners in Public Health for Health Education England working across Thames Valley. This encompasses Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, including Milton Keynes.

Welcome from the Head of School

The aim of the Oxford School of Public Health is to recruit and train doctors and those from disciplines other than medicine to enable them to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience required to be effective public health specialists. The objective of those working in Public Health is to achieve better population health thus making a difference to peoples’ health and their lives. The School aspires to provide excellent training and a supportive environment to enable trainees realise their potential and achieve their career aspirations.

PH specialists look at the ‘bigger picture’; PH is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of populations rather than individuals (characteristic of most clinical medicine). An important aspect in achieving this is to reduce health inequalities among different population groups. Outcomes (unlike in most clinical specialities) are not immediate but are usually long-drawn. However, they have the potential to positively affect and improve the lives and health of many people.

The School aims to accommodate the evolving role of the speciality to allow a choice of career path and to cover the academic, health protection and service components of public health practice.

The principles which underpin the maintenance of high quality Public Health Training across the Oxford Deanery include:

  • explicit deanery-wide standards for training are adopted and reviewed annually
  • the training provided in all training locations is appraised periodically
  • progress is reviewed in a systematic and constructive manner annually
  • trainers are provided with appropriate support and continuing education;


The School offers a range of accredited training placements.  Initial training places will be based in a service location in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire for one year with a minimum of three months training in the PHE SE (health protection) unit at Chilton.  The structured programme also includes training time in an academic unit with appropriate placements to suit career choice in the final two years of training.

The OxSPH speciality training cohort is relatively small with 27 StRs, including Academic Clinical Fellows and approximately 9 Foundation trainees per year. It offers the opportunity to undertake the prestigious Masters in Global Health Sciences at Oxford University and academic placements in internationally renowned academic units at Oxford University. A wide range of training opportunities are also available in Health Protection and service Public Health (including PH placements in the Acute Trusts). Besides being involved in education and training for PH practitioners and the wider workforce the school provides opportunities for registrars from clinical specialities to gain PH knowledge and skills relevant to their speciality. Registrars from paediatrics, plastic surgery and oncology are some of those from other clinical specialities who have taken advantage of these placements.

The School is accountable to the GMC through its various Training Programme Directors for ensuring that:

  1. Recruitment and appointment of trainees to specialty training is done and in accordance with GMC principles.
  2. Training posts in all specialties offer training of outstanding quality.
  3. Thorough accurate assessment of the competencies of trainees occurs as required by the GMC and that these competencies are recorded in portfolios.
  4. Teaching and training follow the College curricula for each specialty.
  5. Trainees in difficulty receive appropriate remedial training and other measures. 


Please visit the School of Public Health website for more information about the school.

Contact information:

Head of School

Julie Parkes -

Associate Dean  - Professional Development

Dr Haido Vlachos

Associate Dean – Support and Governance

Miss Rebecca Black

Associate Dean – Education and Development

Miss Jane Siddall

Associate Dean – Transformation and Delivery

Mr Jeremy Noble

Training Programme Director


Specialty School Manager

Jane Bishop –

HEE TV Administrator

Jan Harris –

School Training Officer

Lesley Maitland – 

Training Sites:

Public Health training is competency-based, with trainees required to demonstrate the acquisition of a range of public health skills and knowledge. Most training is achieved through practical experience undertaken at a variety of attachments. All training placements are arranged via the Training Programme Director (TPD) to ensure that they are appropriate to the learning needs of the registrar.

Training in Public Health is available in the Local Authority (LA) and other service placements, Thames Valley PHE centre and public health academic departments at Oxford University. Initial training places will be based in LAs in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire. Those appointed will be expected to move training locations during their training.

On offer of appointment a trainee will be allocated to a service placement within Thames Valley, under the supervision of an approved trainer. Trainees will spend a minimum period of one year (whole time equivalent) in this placement. Post Membership secondments could include placement at national or international organisations. A structured programme that includes training time in academic and health protection and appropriate rotations to suit career choice in the last two years of training is offered.

Placement Information

The StR will be based with public health teams in the counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire. 


Every registrar has an ARCP every year either in July or December. In ST4 registrars will be invited to attend a Key Area 10 panel to help them prepare for their final year. Further information will be sent closer to the ARCPs and the Key Area 10 panels regarding the location and the paperwork that needs to be submitted. For more information please email the School’s training and development officer.


The Faculty of Public Health has links to the latest GMC approved curriculum (with detailed training learning outcomes), a guide to exams and training (including the training ePortfolio). 

Important Dates:

ARCP Panel Date

July or December

Key Area 10 Panel  (for ST4s)

July or December

School Board Dates

June and December

Examination Dates

Part A (June or January) & Part B (multiple times during the year)

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