Welcome to the London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex

School of Public Health


Recruitment is closed

Are you interested in coming to London as a Public Health Registrar in August 2022? 

We offer comprehensive ST1 training in a wide range of London local authorities where you can experience some of the greatest deprivation in the country alongside some of the greatest levels of wealth. Our local authority placements are very well supported by Educational Supervisors who are all accredited with us and attend regular ES meetings to keep up to date and in touch. Many of them are leaders in their own fields of interest and support registrars in developing innovative and exciting areas of work during training. 

You will be able to work alongside experienced educational supervisors and later in training have access to central government (including The UK Health Security Agency, The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities), think tanks, charities, and regional government alongside being able to access more senior work later in training in NHS trust and local authorities. We have an excellent record of academic placements too, with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London and University College London. 

Being in London means that not only do you have access to first rate and often prestigious institutions you are in the centre of England’s capital and all that goes on here. sometimes that works out differently to how you think, or you have choices to make that you need help with. Our Training Programme Director team will be on hand to support you through training, and you will be allocated a TPD on joining us. 

We have an active Registrar group who liaise with the School on feeding back issues and helping often to resolve these where required and are a huge support to people starting out in their public health careers. 

We have placements in the following Local Authorities for 2022:

1              Hackney

2              Tower Hamlets

3              Southwark

4              Redbridge

5              Barnet

6              Newham

7              Harrow

8              Haringey

9              Lewisham

10           Camden & Islington

11           LB Merton


Rachel Wells

Head of School

School of Public Health London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex


Health Education England, working across London

Stewart House | 32 Russell Square | London | WC1B 5DN


Introduction to London and KSS School of Public Health

The London School of Public Health offers a range of exciting opportunities which you might expect with the capital.  These include access to suburban, urban and inner-city areas with local government, with diversity, inequalities and high-profile public health at their centre. In addition, we offer experiences at the very centre of government, regional government, world renowned research and academic departments, several health protection teams which includes two major airports.


The School has more than 120 trainees, and presently offers programmes at prestigious teaching centres across our area.





London has 33 boroughs, many of which are open as training locations. These vary greatly and include some of the most deprived wards in the country, alongside some of the least deprived.

If you are unfamiliar with the area, we suggest you check out the places you are interested in and the travel times from where you live or are planning to live.

The School has over than 100 trainees, and presently offers programmes at prestigious teaching centres across our area.


How is the School governed?

We have a Head of School, Rachel Wells, who works with an experienced team of Training Programme Directors who cover the School’s geography. You will be allocated to a TPD on arrival in the school and we do our best for you to remain with that person throughout your training. Each TPD has a key workstream to support and a geographical area to cover.

The Head of School reports to the Postgraduate Dean for Public Health and key decisions are brought to the School Board which meets quarterly.

An essential element of the role of the School is to ensure that good quality training is provided for those on the programme and also in developing public health training more broadly. Part of the role of the School involves working with other partners like Public Health England and new training environments to develop public health training that is fit for the future.

Each placement has an Educational Supervisor who is accredited by the School to ensure that quality support is available, and all ES are invited to attend meetings for updates and CPD on educational and supervision support.


Starting out in London

In London all initial placements are in local authorities for all trainees, the MSc is in second year for those that require it. During your first year you will also be inducted to your health protection team, and then spend a more extensive period with them usually after your first year. Some of these arrangements have been adapted to take account of the demand of Coronavirus work.

Once you start we usually hold a week-long induction where you get to know each other, your TPDs and other people in the system. we hope to meet you in person soon!


To find out more about training in Public Health, please visit:


Introductory evening seminar for prospective registrars

The next introductory evening will be held online on Wednesday 20th September at 6-8pm

If you would like to attend the evening, please complete the following form:   

Current public health registrars run an introductory evening seminar for those interested in finding out more about specialist public health training in London.  

Information is provided about the training scheme structure and approach, as well as the application process. The aim of the seminars is to enable potential applicants to make an informed decision about applying for Public Health training in London.

Attendees are additionally offered the opportunity to attend one of the monthly public health training days run by current London registrars. Please note, this is only possible if the individual meets the faculty eligibility to apply for specialist training in the UK within the following 12 months.

For further information related to the introductory evening, please email lkssphmx@gmail.com. Please note that any questions regarding recruitment and the selection process should be addressed to publichealthrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk.




The UK's Faculty of Public Health: www.fph.org.uk

Curriculum: https://www.fph.org.uk/training-careers/specialty-training/curriculum/

Exams: https://www.fph.org.uk/training-careers/the-diplomate-dfph-and-final-membership-examination-mfph/



Lead Employer information

All trainees within London are employed by Royal Free Hospitals Group. All employment related enquiries (such as contracts, HR) should be made to them: rf.leademployerservice@nhs.net


Existing Public Health Registrars

All existing registrars are able to raise issues with TPDs, or the HEE team who support the School. Most queries regarding the  practicalities can be made via the Portal –https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/home

Career and educational decisions regarding placements, OOP, support for personal or training issues should be made to your TPD.

All registrars can escalate to the Head of School if an issue cannot be resolved.

Public Health Training Days 


Date and Time

Registration link

LKSS PH training 

21st March  2023

09:00am – 17:00pm



Using the Portal

Many queries and submission of forms can be made via the dedicated Portal https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/home

Most of the documents you are likely to need can be found here.

More questions?

Your TPD should be your first point of contact.

Rachell Wells, Head of School 

Email: Rachel.Wells@hee.nhs.uk

If it’s more general information you can also check out the FPH website for further information where there are links to all areas of training.