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Senior Public Health Lead - Health Protection

Job description

Surrey County Council is seeking to appoint a dynamic and innovative Public Health Senior 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.

The Public Health team has well developed relationships across the County Council and with partners. Public Health sits within the Public Services Reform Directorate, leading health and wellbeing initiatives across Surrey. We are 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.

Surrey is a vibrant and diverse home to approximately 1.1 million residents living within urban and rural communities. The population is a mixture of affluent communities, with some deprived areas.

We are looking to recruit one Public Health Senior Lead to join us on a permanent basis who will be a member of the health protection team. The role will support the Consultant in Public Health to deliver a number of strategic, reactive, campaign and project responsibilities as part of the local authority’s health protection 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 and with local commissioners and providers of health and care, and 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 immuisation programmes; and leadership around the wider determinants of health such as healthy planned environments, sustainability and air quality.

The role will also work with the team to support the Director of Public Health and Consultant in Public Health to lead the Health Protection Forum, working in partnership with other local organisations, and understanding the current health protection needs through needs assessment, reports and evaluation. While the pandemic is underway this role will contribute to the COVID response as required alongside their non-COVID portfolio.

The successful candidate will be a champion for health protection and prevention and have a strong focus on health inequalities which are lead areas for the Public Health Team. They will work closely with our health improvement and health insight and intelligence teams on areas of joint interest. The post holder will manage one or more public health leads and may hold a budget.

To be shortlisted to 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
At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 14/11/2021.

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