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Applications by portfolio assessment will be considered by specially trained assessors.

These assessors are being appointed, and they will work in teams of 3, consisting of a specialist from a background other than medicine, a specialist from a medical background, and an independent assessor who will chair the team.

The assessors from medical backgrounds will be current members of the faculty of Public Health, and may be current Part II examiners or RITA assessors.

The assessors from backgrounds other than medicine will have been involved with the public health development agenda and come from a wide range of professional backgrounds.

Independent assessors: The Nolan definition of independence used by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments is: "Independence cannot be precisely defined but should normally mean that such a person has no operational role within the bodies or the government departments concerned. It is important to avoid any perception of a possible conflict of interest. Therefore a person cannot be an independent assessor if they have been employed by the department or public body concerned within the last 12 months.

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