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Public Health Wales

Principal Public Health Practitioner Work and Health

Job description

Health Improvement Division Principal Public Health Practitioner: Health & Work (Band 8b) 37.5 hours per week – Secondment/fixed term until 31/03/2023 due to funding. If you are an internal applicant this post will only be offered on a secondment basis and you will need to have gained your line managers approval for the secondment prior to going to interview. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Principal Public Health Practitioner to join our Health Improvement Division on a fixed term or secondment basis. The post presents opportunities to work within a team dedicated to systems-working and multi-agency approaches to health improvement. We have a strong focus on evidence-based practice, research and evaluation, and the application of behavioural science. The role will provide specialised advice and expertise on the development of public health strategy, policy and practice at a national level and contribute to national level advisory groups as required. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the importance of good quality work and healthy workplaces in protecting health and promoting wellbeing. This exciting new role will lead development and delivery of our activities to influence policy and practice on the nature of work and the workplace and its impact on the health of the working age population, including the long term changes to working practices that have resulted from the pandemic. You will work with the Consultant lead to spearhead a national work programme to highlight the value of good quality work to good health, to develop initiatives to prevent people from falling out of work due to ill health, and to capitalise on the workplace as a setting to address inequalities in health. Working closely with stakeholders, including business, unions, primary care and occupational health, you will take forward and evaluate the impact of joint approaches to strengthen employer practices in relation to staff wellbeing including supporting fair work and better sickness absence management in Wales to ensure that work is beneficial to health. This area of work will make a significant contribution to achievement of the Welsh Government’s Employability Plan as well as the aspirations set out for a wellbeing economy within its economic resilience and recovery mission. The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply. For further details / informal visits contact: Health Improvement Business Support Team Our Health and Well-Being Directorate and our World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Investment in Health and Well-being (WHOCC) Directorates will soon be working as one. The combining of these two directorates is our next phase as an organisation to ensure that we are best designed to meet the population health needs in Wales by bringing together the skills and staff in these directorates into one powerful population health directorate. This does mean there will be changes to our team structures and we are advising candidates that some roles may be subject to change in the coming 12 months. Changes for staff could include a change in line manager; variations to job descriptions or changes to roles and responsibilities. If changes are required, these will be discussed fully with those affected, in accordance with our Organisational Change Policy The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply. ...
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