Reflecting back on my time as a public health academic trainee in Oxford, I can point to two key aspects of the clinical academic training programme that were crucial to the success of the programme; firstly the support for clinical academic training by OxSPH, the University and the health service partners laid the foundation to pursue my interests in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research. Secondly, the integration between clinical and research training that help to shape my thinking around psychiatric epidemiology and the role of service public health in addressing mental health issues.

Post CCT, I leave the public health training programme with fond memories and a doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology. I have decided to pursue a public health research career as a post-doctoral researcher in London not too far from Oxford where I have built up a network of research collaborators and many friends.