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Public Health Scotland

Senior Health Improvement Officer

Job description

Public Health Scotland is appointing a number of permanent Senior Health Improvement Officers. These will be generic posts that will be allocated to specific programmes of work across our health improvement priorities. Portfolio areas in the are likely to include Economy, Poverty, Healthy Environments Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs, Gambling, Public Mental Health, Diet, Physical Activity, Healthy Weight.
Each programme will have its own specific requirements, but the post-holders will work across teams in Public Health Scotland and engage with national and local government and other key stakeholders, contributing to the design and delivery of programmes of work. The posts will contribute to influencing relevant national and local policy and service design/delivery in their respective areas.
As these are generic posts, the remit may change, depending on organisational priorities. It should be noted that job descriptions and the Directorate structure are currently under review.
​​​​​​​The Candidate:
Educated to degree level or equivalent, you should have significant experience in health improvement and a sound understanding of the socio-economic determinants of health and drivers of health inequalities. You should have experience in project management and of managing a complex and demanding workload. You should also have experience in partnership working preferably across statutory and third sectors.
**You will have strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, and be prepared to take responsibility and demonstrate initiative in the development, implementation, and review of projects.**​​​​​​
Location and working pattern:
PHS has two office bases, in Edinburgh and Glasgow.  The Glasgow base will​​​​​​​​​​​ be initially based at 2 Central Quay, Glasgow. This will be for a temporary period only as PHS will be relocating to office accommodation at 177 Bothwell Street, Glasgow. The exact date of the move to 177 Bothwell Street is still to be confirmed but is expected to take place early next year. ​​​​​​​ We are currently operating a hybrid model of working, with a mixture of working at home and days in the office. Some travel across PHS Glasgow and Edinburgh offices will be required and there is an expectation that staff will travel for some external meetings and events.
Work pattern - Monday to Friday, various hours considered.
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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