Consultant in Health Protection
Department: Public Health England South East
Location: Contractual base to be one of the four PHE South East Regional offices (Chilton, Fareham, Horsham or Ashford), with travel to other sites likely. Home working in the first instance.
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic person to join PHE South East, within the Health Protection team as a Consultant in Health Protection. The Health Protection team provides service across the South East and has four offices; Chilton (Thames Valley), Fareham (Hampshire), Horsham (Surrey and Sussex) and Ashford (Kent). Post holders could be based in any of the four sites (with equity required across), however travel across the geographical patch and to other offices within Region should be expected.
Travel to London and other PHE sites may also be required. More than one position is available.
To carry out the role, we are looking for a dynamic public health professional with strong leadership skills and vision. The post of Consultant in Health Protection is a senior level position, suitable for a public health professional seeking an exciting position to protect people’s health from infectious diseases and other threats including that of COVID-19.
You will require a sound experience of health protection practice in the wider NHS context and have good generic public health skills including leadership skills together with an understanding of and skills in multi-organisational working.
Working in close partnership with local authorities and the NHS, the post holder will have operational responsibility for the provision of a safe and effective health protection service which delivers to high quality standards and is responsive to the needs of the local community and Public Health England’s partners in the local public health systems.
You will share the responsibility, with a multidisciplinary team, including other consultants in health protection as well as health protection practitioners, for dealing with the surveillance, prevention and control of communicable disease and the response to non-communicable environmental hazards including chemical and radiation issues within the South East. You will contribute to the investigation and management of a full range of health protection incidents (including outbreaks of diseases, such as meningitis, and food poisoning), and will carry out surveillance, co-ordination, support and monitoring of local implementation of certain key national programmes.
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 job description for competencies.
Candidates must be included on the GMC Specialist Register in Public Health, Microbiology or Infectious Diseases Medicine, or UK Public Health Register for Public Health Specialists.
The successful candidate will be appointed to the point of 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.
Prospective candidates are invited to an informal discussion about the post with Trish Mannes, Deputy Director of Health Protection, via firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Option 3 – External
Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).
Closing Date: 17th December 2020