Isle of Wight Council

Senior Public Health Practitioner

Job description

Can you bring your skills to our Public Health Team, commissioning services and implementing aspects of our public health strategy?

Will you rise to the challenge and take charge of an important portfolio including substance misuse, mental health and suicide prevention?

As our Senior Public Health Practitioner, you’ll work as part of the Public Health team, influencing the work of others and using your talents to deliver key programmes of work, including developing pathways for people with co-occurring conditions and strategy development for substance misuse, mental health and suicide prevention on the Island. You’ll also be developing and enabling multi-agency partnerships to improve mental health and wellbeing for Island residents via communications campaigns, capacity building and developing programmes to enhance community resilience.

You’ll be one of four senior practitioners working on the Isle of Wight alongside Public Health Consultants, our Associate Director, Service Manager and Public Health Principal. As part of the larger Hampshire and Isle of Wight Public Health Team we have the benefits of being a small, close knit unit, able to provide valuable peer support, teamed with the expertise and opportunities of a large, multi-disciplinary workforce.

You will play an active role in commissioning services, supporting the Principal with:

• Tenders for commissioning services, including working with contract and procurement specialists

• Service improvement and transformation

• Needs assessment

• Developing outcomes and monitoring key performance indicators, working alongside service providers.

As a dedicated Public Health professional, you’ll be aware of the latest developments in your field and you will help us to be innovative, ensuring local practice keeps up to date with best practice.

To succeed you’ll also understand the breadth of public health and be able to work in a strategic way, translating changes achieved by individuals and communities into health improvement at population level.

You will be an exceptional communicator and self-starter, able to project manage, good at team working, contributing your ideas while consistently working to standard processes.

You will need to be a registered Public Health practitioner with the UKPHR or be able to commit to achieving that within 18 months of accepting the post.

Applicants will ideally have a master’s in public health or equivalent and if not, be able to demonstrate that you could complete a masters beginning soon after appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: At the Isle of Wight Council we create opportunity and invest in our workforce, if you show all the potential to be the Senior Practitioner we need, we can offer a post starting at grade 11 of ‘Trainee Senior Practitioner’ with additional support, then it will be up to you to progress to the advertised grade 12 position.


For further information or an informal discussion please contact Sharon Kingsman on:

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.  The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community.

In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.


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