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Project Support Officer

Posted: 30 Sep 2020 Closes: 30 Oct 2020
London, London, United Kingdom £26,883 - £32,203 per annum
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Project Support Officer

Job Reference: 919-SH-12868550-EXT

Employer: Department: Health Improvement Location: London, London Salary: £26,883 - £32,203 per annum

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.
  • For posts on PHE Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate's current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems that have annual pay increments. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.
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Any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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.

PHE Screening

The PHE Screening division, part of the PHE Health Improvement Directorate, leads the NHS Screening Programmes. These programmes identify apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk or a disease or condition, enabling earlier treatment and better-informed decisions. They are implemented on the advice of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), which oversees screening policy in all 4 nations, and works with the different implementation bodies to support delivery.

Project Support Officer

This post is a fixed term opportunity for 6 months. The post holder will provide high quality Project Support for specific projects relating to the Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes (ANNB), to help ensure the quality and delivery of the programmes at a national level. The post-holder will provide specific support for a special project in the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme.

As Project Support Officer, the responsibilities will include support for the coordination of key programmes of work, including organising meetings, preparing paperwork, monitoring delivery, recording risks and facilitating the achievement of objectives in conjunction with the Screening Programme and the Project Management team.

The role requires exceptional organisation, information management and multitasking skills. Excellent attention to detail, strong written and oral communication skills, and skills for managing relationships with a range of different stakeholders are essential. The ability to take minutes for complex meetings is a must.

The post is located at our London office (Wellington House), with regular contact with teams in other parts of the country. Working arrangements will however be in place to meet the current Government restrictions in response to Covid-19.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for full details of the duties and responsibilities.

Option 3 - External

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

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.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Amanda Hogan

Job title Programme Manager, NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme

Email address

Telephone number 0121 232 9293

The Civil Service (CS) embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the CS Commission's recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document). PHE is a disability confident employer and is committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome applications from people with a disability or long term health condition.

The law requires that selection for appointment to the CS is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the CS Commission's Recruitment Principles.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact PHE recruitment team in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from PHE, you can contact the CS Commission.

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.

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Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

For more information please go to the PHE website.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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