Consultant Epidemiologist 

United Kingdom
£75,914 - £ 110,683 per annum (pro rata)
22 Oct 2020
10 Nov 2020
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

National Infection Service - Field Service

Home-based, Flexible

Permanent, 37.5 hours/10 Programmed Activities

Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific and delivery expertise and support.

PHE’s Field Service was established to provide a national comprehensive service which is geographically dispersed and integrates epidemiological and microbiological capacity and skills, securing outbreak investigations that are consistently of the highest quality. The Field Service provides an effector arm for PHE’s National Infection Service, supporting the translation of evidence into practice as well as having a role in strengthening surveillance through closer links with the NHS and other partners.

To support PHE’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Field Service (FS) is seeking to appoint enthusiastic Consultant Epidemiologists from either a scientific or medical background to contribute to the management and leadership of the FS.  The post holders will work as part of one of our FS teams but also contribute to FS work across the service.

The Consultant Epidemiologist will be skilled in the application of epidemiological methods to health protection issues, including the design, conduct and analysis of outbreak and incident investigations. They will be able to lead investigation teams and provide expert epidemiological advice in outbreaks and incidents. They will work independently and under pressure against short deadlines when required. 

The successful candidates will be competent to develop, direct and collaborate on research projects and programmes in health protection. They will also have strong leadership skills, experience of teaching and supervising students and trainees in intervention and surveillance epidemiology.

The candidates must be included on the GMC Specialist Register or UK Public Health Register.

The successful candidates will be appointed to the Consultant salary scale appropriate to their years of seniority or if from a background other than medicine to NHS Agenda for Change Band 8d.

To apply for these vacancies please click the apply button quoting job reference number 919-AW-35115053-EXT-EPI.

Closing date: 10 November 2020

Interview date: TBC

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see the job description for competencies.

Interested applicants wishing to learn more about this post can contact Obaghe Edeghere, Consultant Epidemiologist & Interim Deputy Director via email

On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the National Institute of Health Protection and consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. Public Health England and its employees will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Spring 2021. Any new or current employees working for Public Health England during this time, will receive appropriate consultation prior to any formal transfer taking place.

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

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