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UK Health Security Agency

Consultant Epidemiologist - COVID-19

Job description

(Suitable for Consultant Medical and Dental and/or non-medical NHS Agenda for Change Band 8d)
Directorate: Public Health and Clinical
10 Programmed Activities/37.5 hours per week

Pay Scale minimum of Band 8d or maximum of Consultant Medical and Dental Pay Scales (£78,192 - £114,003)
Location: Wellington House or Colindale (London bases)

Job overview:

To provide a lead role in the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic hosted within the UKHSA Clinical and Public Health Group, working closely with COVID-19 information, administrative, and scientific staff. The key elements of the service are:

Surveillance and situational awareness of COVID-19
Advice and support to the national Incident Director on epidemiological ssues
Advice and support to professionals on COVID-19 analysis
Promotion of professional standards including training, research, and audit.
Main duties of the job:

The COVID-19 Epidemiology Cell has a key role in informing the understanding of the epidemiology of COVID-19 at the national level, and fulfils a number of specialist national functions in the public health response to the pandemic. The cell supports a number of processes which are central to the use of epidemiology response undertaken by UKHSA and other key partners.

The Consultant Epidemiologist will provide senior leadership to the delivery of the cell’s epidemiological functions, and will have the opportunity to develop epidemiological studies and lead outbreak investigation, working with key stakeholders at the national level.

Working for the organisation:

COVID-19 has reinforced the impact that threats to health can have on society, the economy, and driven health security as a critical component of our national security architecture. The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is a system leader for health security; taking action internationally to strengthen global health security, providing trusted advice to government and the public and reducing inequalities in the way different communities experience and are impacted by infectious disease, environmental hazards, and other threats to health.

UKHSA’s remit, as an agency with a global-to-local reach, is to protect the health of the nation from infectious diseases and other external threats to health. As the nation’s expert national health security agency UKHSA will:

Prevent: anticipate threats to health and help build the nation’s readiness, defences, and health security

Detect: use cutting edge environmental and biological surveillance to proactively detect and monitor infectious diseases and threats to health
Analyse: use world-class science and data analytics to assess and continually monitor threats to health, identifying how best to control and mitigate the risks

Respond: take rapid, collaborative, and effective actions nationally and locally to mitigate threats to health when they materialise

Lead: lead strong and sustainable global, national, regional, and local partnerships designed to save lives, protect the nation from public health threats, and reduce inequalities
UKHSA’s immediate and most important priority is to continue the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the longer term, UKHSA will build on the legacy of the COVID-19 response to ensure resilient and scalable infrastructure to secure the UK in the strongest position to protect the public from future threats to health.

UKHSA mission is challenging, innovative, and in the spotlight. To achieve our objectives effectively and fairly, we commit to representing modern Britain and all its diversity. UKHSA recognises that diversity of background and life experience brings different insights, creates challenge, and encourages change and innovation. This in turn produces more accountable and trusted public services and better decisions; better because they are more attuned to the needs and interests of all our communities. Differences of thought and outlook are not only respected but expected. We want all our employees to feel that they can be themselves at work and that they are valued.


Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see job description for competencies.

Inclusion in the GMC Full and Specialist Register with a license to practice/GDC Specialist List (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview) or

Inclusion in the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview).

You will be appointed to the point of the Consultant salary scale appropriate to your years of seniority or if from a background other than medicine to NHS Agenda for Change Band 8d.

Prospective candidates are invited to an informal discussion about the post with Gavin Dabrera (Head of Cell), via in the first instance.

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).


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