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UK Health Security Agency

Consultant in Public Health / Consultant Epidemiologist

Job description

This is a challenging and rewarding role providing public health and epidemiological leadership for the Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Division (HCAI & AMR) that sits within the Clinical and Emerging Infections Directorate. The role will involve leading and managing teams and projects within the HCAI & AMR Division, contributing to UKHSA actions on HCAI's and Antimicrobial Resistant Infection (AMRI's) in the population of England.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Providing leadership and management to the HCAI & AMR Division (1 PA);
  • The surveillance, policy evaluation and prevention monitoring of HCAI's & AMRI's (focusing on Gram-negative and Gram- positive bacteria and related infections, incidents and outbreaks) (4PAs);
  • The development and application of prevention policies for HCAI & AMRI's (2PAs) including, particularly, but not exclusively in relation to bacterial infections, including carbapenem resistant Gram-negative bacteria, urinary tract infections and hospital acquired pneumonia
  • Providing expert advice on HCAI & AMRI related incidents and outbreaks, including developing incident director skills and leadership
  • The co-ordination of national expert assessment of HCAI & AMRI risk following infection control breakdowns (1PA).
  • Professional development, training, administration and research (2 PAs).
    About us
    We pride ourselves as being an employer of choice, where Everyone Matters promoting equality of opportunity to actively encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce.
    UKHSA ethos is to be an inclusive organisation for all our staff and stakeholders. To create, nurture and sustain an inclusive culture, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our workforce and wider communities. We do this through celebrating and protecting differences by removing barriers and promoting equity and equality of opportunity for all.
    Job description
    Job responsibilities
    The post holder will provide specialist epidemiological and public health leadership while managing new surveillance and evaluation activities and world-class research. They will provide specialist advice and support nationally, locally and internationally on standards in diagnosis and patient management, infection control and interventions, and outbreak and incident management.
    Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).
    Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the Person Specification of the Job Description as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria.
    The successful candidate will be appointed to the point of the Consultant salary scale appropriate to their years of seniority.
    Person Specification
    Education/ Qualification
  • Inclusion in the GMC Full and Specialist Register with a license to practice/GDC Specialist List (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 for registration within six months of interview)
  • If included in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List in a specialty other than public health medicine/dental public health, candidates must have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience of public health practice
  • Public health specialty registrar applicants who are not yet on the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List in dental public health/UKPHR must provide verifiable signed documentary evidence that they are within 6 months of gaining entry at the date of interview; all other applicants must provide verifiable signed documentary evidence that they have applied for inclusion in the GMC/GDC/UKPHR specialist registers [see shortlisting notes below for additional guidance]
  • If an applicant is UK trained in Public Health, they must ALSO be a holder of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or be within six months of award of CCT by date of interview
  • If an applicant is non-UK trained, they will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT [see shortlisting notes below for additional guidance]
  • Applicants must meet minimum CPD requirements (i.e. be up to date) in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements or other recognised body
  • MFPH by examination, by exemption or by assessment
  • Strong and demonstrable understanding of interfaces between health, social care and key partners (dealing with wider determinants of health)
  • Understanding of the public-sector duty and the inequality duty and their application to public health practice
  • Masters in Public Health or equivalent
  • Delivery of successful change management programmes across organizational boundaries
  • Experience of using complex information to explain public health issues to a range of audiences
  • Experience or placement in hospital infectious diseases and/or infection control
  • Experience in management of surveillance for HCAI and AMR
  • Media experience demonstrating delivery of effective health behaviour or health promotion messages
    Knowledge & Skills
  • Strategic thinker with proven leadership skills and operational nous
  • Able to demonstrate and motivate organisations to contribute to improving the public's health and wellbeing through mainstream activities and within resources
  • Ability to lead and manage the response successfully in unplanned and unforeseen circumstances
  • Analytical skills able to utilize both qualitative (including health economics) and quantitative information
  • Ability to design, develop, interpret and implement strategies and policies
  • In depth understanding of the health and care system and the relationships with both local national government
  • In depth knowledge of methods of developing clinical quality assurance, quality improvement, evaluation and evidence based public health practice
  • Strong and demonstrable understanding of interfaces between health, social care and key partners (dealing with wider determinants of health)
  • Understanding of the public-sector duty and the inequality duty and their application to public health practice
    Equality and diversity
  • Equality and diversityProven appreciation and acknowledgment of the range and complexities of diversity in the UK.?A/I
  • Self-awareness in terms of emotional intelligence, biases and personal triggers.
  • Cultural competence including cultural sensitivity and awareness.
    Values and Behaviours
  • Able to influence senior members including directors and CEOs
  • Able to both lead teams and to able to contribute effectively in teams led by junior colleagues
  • Commitment to work within a political system irrespective of personal political affiliations
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