Consultant in TB Prevention

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United Kingdom
£82,096 - £110,683
03 Nov 2020
27 Nov 2020
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health

This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

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Temporary Appointments: If you are external to the Civil Service, you will take up the post on a Fixed Term appointment, if you are an existing Civil Servant, based outside of PHE, you will take up the post as a loan and if you are an existing PHE member of staff, you will take up the post as either a level transfer or a temporary promotion as per PHE’s Pay and Grading policy. If you are an existing Civil Servant, (in PHE or elsewhere) you must have prior agreement from your Line Manager before applying for this post.

Given the nature of the work of PHE, as a Category 1 department, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: PHE website    

On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the National Institute for 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 many of 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 communications and consultation prior to any formal transfer taking place.  Employees who compulsorily transfer to successor bodies will remain on their existing contractual terms and conditions and this applies both to current employees and those recruited during the transition.  The recruitment, growth & development of our workforce is vital for the continuing success of PHE and the future National Institute for Health Protection

Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England, regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. PHE is an executive agency of the Department of Health. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally, independent manner.  

This senior post is positioned within the Tuberculosis Unit of the Tuberculosis; Acute Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Emerging /Zoonotic Infections and Travel Health Division which is part of the PHE National Infection Service based on the Colindale Site. The unit brings together microbiological, clinical infection, public health and epidemiological expertise with the aim of working with others to reduce the disease burden and associated health inequalities with TB and other mycobacterial infections in the population.

This is a senior role within the TB Unit to provide leadership, management and oversight of the TB prevention function: early recognition and response to TB transmission incidents and outbreaks, monitoring and assessment of public health interventions, oversight of shared prevention programmes and improve diagnosis and management of active TB and prevention of TB transmission in England. As part of a restructured team, they will work with the Unit Head to deliver on key functions in support of PHE’s Infectious Disease Strategic Priorities and a collaborative 5 Year Action Plan with the NHS, towards the elimination of TB in England, in line with WHO goals. The team is also closely involved with the work of the NIHR-funded Health Protection Research Units, which are collaborative ventures involving PHE and academia.

The post holder will be a medical consultant with experience in NHS clinical medicine and mycobacteriology, including genomic medicine, public health infection and incident and outbreak management. They will be expected  to provide expert public health and clinical input for the management of incidents and outbreaks of tuberculosis and other mycobacterial disease and to play a key role in developing, shaping and assuring the TB prevention function, which may include managing individuals and teams, working closely with partners, and ensuring delivery of high quality surveillance, response and support systems. The post holder will have responsibility for developing and maintaining close working relationships both internally and with partner organisations.

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

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Nick Phin and/or Grace Smith by email: / or by telephone on 0208 327 7435

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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document).

Employees who feel they have been unfairly treated during a recruitment process can use the civil service commission’s grievance procedure. External candidates should complain to the hiring manager handling their campaign. In addition both internal and external candidates have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners.

If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

PHE is required to check employment and/or education history covering three consecutive years. Please ensure you give details of at least two different referees, even if you were employed in one company for three years or more.

For more information please go to the PHE website.

If you are offered a job, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders as emails are sometimes filtered there.

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