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UK Health Security Agency

Consultant in Health Protection

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Consultant in Health Protection (suitable for Consultant Medical and Dental and/or non-medical NHS Agenda for Change Band 8d)Directorate: Health Protection OperationsPermanent, Full Time (ie 10 Programmed Activities or 37.5 hours per week)Pay Scale AfC Band 8d/Medical and Dental Consultant: £78,192 - £114,003Location: Harlow or Mildenhall Office, East of EnglandCOVID-19 has reinforced the impact that threats to health can have on society and 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.You will share the responsibility, with the other consultants in health protection as well as health protection practitioners, for dealing with the surveillance, prevention and control of communicable disease and the response to non-communicable environmental hazards including chemical and radiation issues within East of England. You will contribute to the investigation and management of a full range of health protection incidents (including outbreaks of diseases, such as meningitis, and food poisoning), and will carry out surveillance, co-ordination, support and monitoring of local implementation of certain key national programmes.The UKHSA East of England Region is part of the Pan-Regional Directorate within UKHSA’s Health Protection Operations Group. The UKHSA East of England Region provides service across the East of England region and has two offices in Mildenhall and Harlow. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic person to join the UKHSA east of England region as a Consultant in Health Protection. This post is based in the Harlow office and the post holder will be expected to travel within the geographical patch and to other offices within the centre.To carry out the role, we are looking for a dynamic public health professional with strong leadership skills and vision. The post of Consultant in Health Protection in the UKHSA EoE region is a senior level position, suitable for a public health professional seeking an exciting position to protect people’s health from infectious diseases and other threats.You will require a sound experience of health protection practice in the wider NHS context and have good generic public health skills including leadership skills together with an understanding of and skills in multi-organisational working.Working in close partnership with local authorities and the NHS, the post holder will have operational responsibility for the provision of a safe and effective health protection service which delivers to high quality standards and is responsive to the needs of the local community and UKHSA’s partners in the local public health systems.At the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) our mission is to provide health security for the nation by protecting from infectious disease and external hazards. We are a trusted source of advice to government and to the public, focusing on reducing inequalities in the way different communities experience and are impacted by infectious disease, environmental hazards, and other threats to health.Candidates must be included on the GMC Specialist Register in Public Health, Microbiology or Infectious Diseases Medicine, or UK Public Health Register for Public Health Specialists.The successful candidate will be appointed to the point of the Consultant salary scale appropriate to their years of seniority or if from a background other than medicine to NHS Agenda for change band 8d.

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