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Head of Clinical, Public Health Intelligence and Research Division

Public Health Scotland
Edinburgh, Glasgow
£91,474 - £121,548
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Public Health
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Clinical, Public Health Intelligence and Research Division - Consultant in Public Health Medicine/Public Health

Hours per week: 40 (Consultant)/37.5 (AfC) - Part-time hours may be considered

About the Organisation:

Public Health Scotland launched 1st April 2020 with the formal status of a National Special Health Board employing around 1100 people, and with an annual budget of around £60 million. PHS provides authoritative information and services to support people and communities across Scotland. It leads the national response to unforeseen health emergencies and contributes to national and local government policy through its provision of robust data and intelligence.

The Post:

You will be focussed on transforming Scotland’s public health system, through effective working relationships with stakeholders such as NHS Scotland, Scottish Government and partner organisations.

The post will report directly to the Director of Public Health Science/Medical Director.

The post holder will lead and manage a division within Clinical & Protecting Health (C&PH) and lead a number of key areas, agreed within a job plan, with responsibility for monitoring and investigating the extent and impact of a number of factors on health. Working through their teams they will drive healthcare and health improvement public health activity, including data and intelligence and the research strategy for these domains, focussing on improving health and reducing health inequalities. They will lead on the provision of expert clinical and public health advice providing services to, and working in partnership with, a wide range of strategic partners and stakeholders.

The post holder will also provide strategic leadership in their key topic area to a multidisciplinary team within PHS, leading a cross-organisational programme in their key topic area.

The Candidate:

The post holder must be registered on the Specialist Register of the General Medical/Dental Council in Public Health, or on the UK Public Health (Specialist) Register.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a PVG Scheme/Disclosure Scotland check. Any candidate who have 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.

The post holder should have specialist knowledge in either environment or emergency response within a national context.

Location and Work Pattern:

The base location is Gyle Square, Edinburgh or Meridian Court, Glasgow. Please note that PHS is currently in the process of relocating from Meridian Court to another Glasgow City Centre location.

The work pattern is Monday to Friday, 40 hours (NHS Consultant)/37.5 hours (AfC) per week. Part time hours may be considered. There will be an expectation for weekend and/or out of hours working.

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.


Our benefits package includes pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits

Further information:

For an informal discussion on the post, please contact Nick Phin, Director of Public Health Science and Medical Director, via email at

To apply please click the Apply button.

Closing date for completed applications is 18 June 2023.

Further information on PHS is available from:

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail only, so please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders).

Public Health Scotland is an equal opportunities employer and as such guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.

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