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Health Improvement Specialist

Job description

Fixed term / Secondment to 31/03/2025
We have an exciting and challenging post within our small, enthusiastic Public Health Team which encompasses taking forward and developing a programme of Planet Youth, the Icelandic Prevention Model work. This primary prevention, whole systems approach aims to reduce youth substance use by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors in young peoples’ lives and local communities. 
Working collaboratively across all parts of NHS Highland’s organisational structure and partner agencies, this post will operate throughout the Highland area at times and therefore the post holder must be able to travel around the area. The base of this post is negotiable. Experience of line management is desirable. 
You will have a firm understanding of the principles and practice of Public Health/Health Improvement along with at least 2 years health improvement / public health experience; the use of data for assessing need and communicating messages about health; and working with delivery partners and communities. Knowledge of the current context of this agenda, including key national policy drivers and national and local priorities for tackling inequality and promoting health would be advantageous. Candidates should have excellent communication skills and be competent in delivering training. You will be knowledgeable of the effects that inequalities have on health and the causes of health inequalities.  
You will have an understanding of the communities these posts are based in. You will be able to mobilise community and influence action. You will have skills to encourage a wide range of community members into the process, access and garner support from key decision makers and funders. You will help build consensus and support community members and leaders find common priorities on which they can act together. 
You will have a degree or equivalent in education, health, social work, community development or another related or relevant discipline. Candidates should be willing to pursue registration through the Faculty of Public Health practitioner registration scheme.​​​​​​​

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