The starting salary for this role is £53,918 - £60,864 per annum, working 36 hours per week.
Surrey County Council is seeking to appoint a dynamic and innovative Senior Public Health Lead, with strong leadership and technical skills and a real commitment to improving population health, protecting health and reducing health inequalities.
We are seeking to expand our Health Protection team to ensure we can continue to protect the health of the population in the light of learning from the COVID pandemic and at a time when the establishment of the new integrated care systems, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) bring opportunities to work together in new ways. Surrey is a vibrant and diverse home to approximately 1.1 million residents living within urban and rural communities. Its population is a mixture of affluent communities, with some deprived areas.
You will be joining a friendly and progressive team committed to improving the health of the population. We strive to provide a stimulating environment within which to work, providing opportunities for personal development through training, education, shadowing and on-the-job learning and reflective sessions.
About the role
The role will support the Consultant in Public Health and Health Protection Team Manager to deliver a number of strategic, reactive, campaign and project responsibilities as part of the local authority’s health protection, health improvement and health inequalities duties and programmes.
The portfolio of the role will be decided in discussion with the successful candidate, but will include some of the following:
- Communicable diseases advice and assurance, working with UKHSA, with local commissioners and providers of health and care, and with communities on diseases that are prevalent in our local population, such as TB
- Environmental hazards
- Public health input to emergency planning including outbreak/pandemic planning and extremes of weather
- Assurance and promotion of the cancer and non-cancer population screening and immunisation programmes
- Leadership around the wider determinants of health such as healthy planned environments, sustainability and air quality
The role will also work within the team to support the Director of Public Health and Consultant in Public Health who lead the Surrey Health Protection Board, working in partnership with other local organisations. In addition, you will carry out work to understand the current health protection needs through needs assessment, reports and evaluation. While the pandemic continues this role will contribute to the COVID-19 response as required alongside the non-COVID portfolio.
You will be a champion for health protection and prevention and have a strong focus on health inequalities, all of which are lead areas for the Public Health Team. You will work closely with our health improvement, health insight and intelligence, and healthcare public health teams on areas of joint interest. In this role, you will manage one or more public health leads and may hold a budget.
To be shortlisted for interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- That you can bring to the role energy, drive, and innovation in order to make a difference and improve outcomes for people in Surrey
- Possession of technical skills in health protection, public health, or an allied profession
- Skill at managing relationships and negotiating across a wide range of organisations
- An appreciation of the challenges faced by local authorities and the NHS
- The ability to be both flexible and adaptable to the changing needs of the Public Health function
- The ability to work in an agile manner using digital solutions
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For more information please find the full role profile below and refer to this before submitting your application. We are particularly looking to see how you match the role profile sections (in yellow) on:
- Role purpose
- Work context
- Line management and budget responsibility
- Specific qualifications and/or experience
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 04/01/2023
Interviews will take place on 17/01/2023.
For an informal discussion please contact us by e-mail PH.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0208 541 7976 to arrange to speak to Helen Raison, Consultant in Public Health or Lisa Harvey Vince, Health Protection Team Manager.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.