Public Health


Welcome to the School of Public Health


"Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organised efforts of society"

Public Health Specialists improve and protect the health of groups of people rather than treating individual patients.  They look at 'the bigger picture' and take action to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent disease, protect and improve health and wellbeing and improve healthcare services.  They work in a range of settings including the NHS, local and national government and specialised agencies.

The aim of the School of Public Health is to ensure that public health specialists are appropriately trained to explicit standards.  The School also oversees workforce planning and the training and development of the wider public health workforce. The purpose of these pages is to provide you with useful education and training information, which will assist you throughout your rotations.


Head of School: Dr David Chappel

Training Programme Director: Dr Kirsty Foster

Training Programme Director for Trainer Development: Mr Toks Sangowawa

School Manager: Mr Steve Hamnett

Specialtiy Programme Coordinator: Mrs Joanne O'Brien / Mrs Adele Simpson

Overview of Public Health


Information for Current Trainees

Access essential information on regulations, study leave, certification, assessment and the curriculum.

Information for trainers and educators

Development and guidance on becoming a trainer, standards for trainers, essential documentation for clinical and educational supervision including guidance for GP trainers,  Trust and out-of-hours supervisors, plus news about the latest courses and conferences.


Potential Applicant

Visit our Recruitment website to find out what it's like to be a GP trainee in the north east and north Cumbria.