Public Health Tips

Contacts

General tips

• Things take time, try not to worry about that.
• Take your supervisors advice about what is achievable.
• Match up your QI with a public health topic?
• You can vary your working week however you’d like. It is 60 days in public health, so start in March rather than April.


Things to do

• The acute response centre in the ARC, PHE, Rivergate for some health protection outcomes. The PHE scholar can help with up to date contacts as they’ll have this included in induction.
• Development School in October.
• Check the tutorials website regularly, they’ll give you the link in induction too: Public Health Events
• Plan a joint GP and public health registrar tutorial – we can provide information about what we did and what worked well.


PHE

• If travelling a lot, you can claim travel expenses as study leave. One of my projects frequently takes me to Totnes.
• Think about the topics you enjoy so Ulrike (likely to be your supervisor) can get you to meetings with people in those areas in your induction.
• Get to know different departments by attending meetings. E.g. screening, field epidemiology.
• Take part in webinars e-mailed etc.


South Gloucestershire Council

• People are very friendly and welcoming, go to as many meetings as you can from the start.
• They set up 1:1s with a lot of the team in my first month, if it’s not happening or there is someone you’d like to meet then just suggest it.
• If there is something specific you’d like to work on then ask your supervisor early on to support you with it, 60 days goes quickly!
• Parking at Badminton Rd is tricky, I cycle or get the train (Yate station is 10 mins walk away).


ePortfolio requirement

• 3 extra CBDs relating to PH work.
• Regular learning logs pro-rata to your time sent in PH.


Training requirement

• OOH – 6 hours per additional month of training.
• AL – 2 extra days per additional month of training (higher if you have a higher AL entitlement)
• Professional leave - 1 extra day per additional month of training.
• SL - 3 extra days per additional month of training.

 

Education Scholarship Tips

• Try to decide on your project early on in the year and aim to develop a plan for it before Christmas.
• Decide if want to do one big thing or multiple smaller things.
• Make your scholarship plans achievable in the year.
• Consider how your project could benefit your career progression/ pursuit of special interest areas. For example some scholars have ended up with paid jobs as an outcome of their scholarship work.
• Touch base with your allocated supervisor - they may be able to help you develop your ideas and offer practical solutions.
• Plan out how you want to use your scholar leave days and book them well ahead of time. Consider how CSA preparation and other commitments will fit into this.
• Being a scholar in Bath has offered the opportunity to get involved with the TPD’s meetings and do some teaching too- they are open to this being as much or as little as you like. Previous scholars have run small groups etc. Consider how much you would like to get involved with this.
• Consider applying to present your project on a poster at the RCGP national conference. Most applications seem to be accepted and it looks good!!
• Severn bursary scheme can fund scholarship work e.g. conference poster presentation. They have a rolling application process with quarterly windows in which to apply. Three applicants each quarter can be successful for a maximum bursary of £500. Late applicants must wait for the next quarter to be considered. I advice applying as early as possible (e.g. prior to hearing if poster accepted).
• Enjoy the opportunity to work independently, manage your own time and pursue your special interest areas.