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Public Health Scotland

Health Protection Nurse

Job description

Health Protection Nurse
**1 x Permanent post **
1 x Fixed Term / Secondment post until 31/03/24
About the Organisation:
Public Health Scotland is Scotland’s lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland’s people. Our vision is of a Scotland where everybody thrives. Our focus is on increasing healthy life expectancy and reducing premature mortality. To do this, we use data, intelligence and a place-based approach to lead and deliver Scotland’s public health priorities.
The role of the Clinical and Protecting Health Directorate is to protect the people of Scotland from infectious and environmental hazards; enable high-quality clinical and public health knowledge, research and innovation; and support improvement of clinical and public health practice by using audits at a national and local level.
**The Post: **
This post will provide expert health protection nurse advice and support within the Clinical and Protecting Health Directorate of PHS, where we are creating a Field Epidemiology Team (FET). The FET will provide a national service to support NHS Boards, other partners and the PHS national response to new health protection incidents. These include outbreaks of infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2 variants but also a range of other pathogens and public health incidents including environmental or chemical incidents. FET will be part of the Environment and Emergency Response Division at PHS.
The Candidate:
You will be based in the Clinical and Protecting Health Directorate working closely with the FET Team Lead and the Consultant in Public Health and will play a key role in the public health management of individual cases and outbreaks of infection around environmental hazards including for national level incidents.
You must be on the NMC register, have a relevant first level nursing degree. With evidence of further professional development in a relevant area, Masters level is desirable.
You must have substantial post-registration nursing experience, including significant experience in Health Protection. You will be self-motivated and pro-active with the ability to work independently under direction but also to function well within a team setting.
You must have good analytical, judgemental, communication and computer skills. 
The successful candidate will be required to undergo a PVG Scheme Disclosure Scotland check. Any candidate who has lived/worked overseas for more than 12 months in the preceding 5 years will also be required to provide a criminal record check from the appropriate overseas agency.
Candidates must have current NMC registration at the time of applying.
Location and Working Pattern:
The post will be based in Gyle Square, Edinburgh or Central Quay, Glasgow. Please note that PHS is currently in the process of relocating from Central Quay to Bothwell Street, Glasgow from spring 2024.
PHS operate a hybrid working model with a mixture of working at home and days in the office each week. 
There will be an expectation to travel to local areas for some meetings and events.  
Work pattern - Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week.
This post will be included in the out-of-hours support rota and will be recompensed under Agenda for Change terms and conditions. These duties would generally require you to reside within an hour your selected Glasgow or Edinburgh base.
During times of public health emergency, or other urgent business need, you may be required on a temporary basis to work your normal contracted working hours over 7 days including weekends, in order to meet the needs of the service.
It is a condition of this employment that you must live and remain a resident within the UK for the post in which you will be employed with PHS.

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