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UK Health Security Agency

Consultant in Health Protection (South West)

Job description

Consultant in Health Protection (South West)

(suitable for Consultant Medical and Dental and/or non-medical NHS Agenda for Change Band 8d)

Directorate: Health Protection Operations


Full Time

(ie 10 Programmed Activities or 37.5 hours per week)

Pay Scale minimum of Band 8d or maximum of Consultant Medical and Dental Pay Scales (£78,192 - £114,003) plus on-call supplement

Location: Bristol or Totnes

Job Overview

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is responsible for protecting every member of every community from the impact of infectious diseases, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents and other health threats.  We provide intellectual, scientific and operational leadership at national and local level, as well as on the global stage, to make the nation’s health secure.  UKHSA South West is an integrated, multi-disciplinary and multi-professional team that places partnership in health protection practice at the heart of its mission.

We are now seeking to appoint inspired, inspiring and innovative individuals to permanent Consultant in Health Protection positions in our collegiate regional team.  Whilst the posts are Bristol or Totnes based, there is flexibility to work from home on an ad-hoc regular basis in agreement with the line manager.

We welcome applications from both medical and non-medical Consultants from across the public health specialist workforce and celebrate diversity in training, experience, skillsets and interest.  We are particularly keen to receive applications from colleagues with strong backgrounds in environmental public health, biomedical sciences and microbiology where this would help to enhance the mix of skills within the team.

The Consultant in Health Protection is a senior specialist role within the regional team to provide leadership, management and oversight of the health protection function, including the response to incidents and outbreaks, and responsibility for the day-to-day clinical and operational delivery.  The post holder will be a local and regional system leader, working in partnership with Directors of Public Health, Integrated Care Systems and a wide range of stakeholders to develop and deliver strategic objectives to protect and secure the health of the population.

As well as agreed individual objectives, a job-plan will be developed which will outline the agreed programmed activities (PAs) that are necessary to fulfil the duties and responsibilities described in the Job Description.

The post holder will undergo a programme of ongoing development to build on existing knowledge and develop skills to provide specialist health protection advice and meet competencies required to undertake the role.

Working for the Organisation

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.

Our mission is challenging, innovative and in the spotlight. We will work to ensure our people have the diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds we need to thrive, that our staff are representative of the communities we serve and feel valued and enabled to play their part in delivering our work.

Creating our working culture is an ongoing process which we are developing by listening and learning together, hearing and acting upon diverse voices and opinions to develop a common sense of identity and effective ways of working.


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.

GMC full and specialist register with a license to practice (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 within 6 months of interview.

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.

Prospective candidates are invited to an informal discussion about the post with Dominic Mellon via  in the first instance.

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

To apply for this vacancy please apply via NHS Jobs quoting Job Reference Number 919-MS-35203293-EXT

Closing Date: 14 August 2022

UKHSA promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer.

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