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Buckinghamshire Council

Consultant in Public Health

Job description

Buckinghamshire Council is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to join our welcoming and successful public health team as a Consultant in Public Health on a fixed term basis.
Working to the Director of Public Health and alongside three other consultants you would bring expertise and enthusiasm as a senior leader in a strong multi-disciplinary and motivated team.
Salary: £92,418 - £97,038 per annum
Contract: Fixed term contract (maternity leave cover) to February 2025
Working pattern: Full-time, part-time, flexible working
Job location: Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UA

About us
Buckinghamshire is an exciting place to work and a beautiful place to live. It has a population of more than 500,000 and although generally healthy and wealthy, there are significant public health challenges and inequalities across the county. The Council is now a unitary authority that enhances our ability to successfully address the broader determinants of health. There is excellent partnership working across Buckinghamshire with a strong network of the local authority, NHS, community and charitable organisations, and our local residents.
The Public Health department is based in Buckinghamshire Council offices in Aylesbury, but with sites across the county and very effective remote working in place. We offer flexible working and a broad range of opportunities to enhance your portfolio and skills via continuing professional development.

About the role
The successful candidate will work across the public health team, Council and wider system as a pro-active and strategic leader with excellent technical and communication skills. The portfolio will focus on adults and on healthcare, with core responsibilities for drugs and alcohol, older people and healthy ageing, and co-leading on health protection. The post holder will work closely with colleagues in the NHS, voluntary sector and our local communities to make a real impact on improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities.
As an ‘any-desk’ worker, you’ll need to be connected to our network to access digital folders and resources, but this can either be from home or an office location when required. You will be required to work from the office a couple of times a week, depending on your role and team requirements.

About you
Essential education/qualifications

  • You must be included in the GMC Specialist Register with a license to practice/GDC Specialist List/UKPHR (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview) and hold MFPH by examination, by exemption or by assessment. Applicants must be up to date with CPD in accordance with FPH, or other recognised body, requirements.

Essential experience

  • You must have experience of delivering successful change management programmes and using complex information to explain public health issues to a range of audiences and through a range of media (including both verbal presentations and written reports).
  • You must have knowledge and experience in quality improvement methods, epidemiological evaluation, and evidence-based public health practice.

Essential personal skills

  • You must be able to lead and work within teams to deliver outcomes successfully.
  • You must be able to influence and motivate individuals and organisations within a political system to effectively contribute to the improvement of the public’s health and wellbeing.
    Please see the attached job description for more information about the job responsibilities.

Other information
Informal discussions are encouraged. Please contact Dr Sarah Winchester, Consultant in Public Health, on or Dr Jane O’Grady, Director of Public Health, via her EA on
Please also send a CV to in addition to your online submission.
The closing date for applications is 17th September 2023.
The provisional interview dates are 3rd and 5th October 2023.
This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • Unspent convictions and/or unspent conditional cautions only
    For further information on how long it takes for convictions and conditional cautions to be spent, please refer to Nacro’s guide on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
Buckinghamshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.

Our values and culture
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
By joining us, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events
    We know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.
    From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it’s important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.
    We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.

About the Service Area
Good health is vital to the social and economic success of an area. It contributes to safe, strong, cohesive happy communities, educational attainment and the ability to find and remain in employment. In turn, this reduces demand on children and adult social care services and healthcare services.
Our Public Health service works with communities and colleagues in the NHS, voluntary sector and other partners to co-design approaches, building on the assets of communities to develop solutions and provide equal access to all residents. Some of the ways we do this are by supporting mental health, improving access to healthy, affordable food through a range of growing schemes, and our Active Communities program. We are looking for people who share our values of looking after the wellbeing of our residents and engaging with our communities about delivering the best solutions for them

We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme to those who are eligible and have passed their probation period. In addition to the opportunity to gain membership to Costco, we have discounted gym memberships, travel discounts with Arriva and much more.

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