PHE Placements

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Placements Overview

Placements are defined as ‘Temporary postings of an individual to an organisation within the public health, health and care system, undertaken formally or informally, and involving project, programme, topic-based work or for the purposes of shadowing or experiential learning and/or development’ Placements in the Placements in the Public Health System: Career Mobility in Action – Consensus Statement

PHE WM recognises that placements are a fundamental and highly effective method of personal and organisational development providing a platform to;

•    Understand working environments
•    Gain skills and experience
•    Build flexibility, capability, capacity and resilience
•    Broaden contact networks
•    Understand different working cultures
•    Provide essential career mobility

Placements can be undertaken in a variety of forms ranging from informal and short-term, to formal contractual arrangements.  

Occasionally PHE WM will need supernumerary expertise to support the work we do. Some examples of the types of placements we have supported recently are as follows;

  1. Six month bespoke research projects to drive forward centre priorities undertaken by PhD students on Hepatitis B, Sexual Health, and Housing.
  2. A four week placement in Health Protection undertaken by a Local Authority Environmental Health Trainee, to enable increased appropriate referrals.
  3. A one day shadowing placement in the Acute Response Centre for a School Nurse identified as part of her CPD.
  4. A two month practical experience for an outstanding MPH graduate undertaking local audits and investigating outbreaks and incidents.

Please see our Placements Opportunities section for current available placements in the centre.

However, if you are seeking a very specific placement, please see our Placement Request process

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