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Public Health Support Officer

Posted: 1 Oct 2020 Closes: 31 Oct 2020
Victoria House, Fulbourn, Fulbourn, United Kingdom £29,921 - £37,640 per annum (pro rata)
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Public Health Support Officer

Job Reference: 919-LB-19262163-EXT

Employer: Department: Centres & Regions Location: Victoria House, Fulbourn, Fulbourn Salary: £29,921 - £37,640 per annum (pro rata)

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.

Job Reference Number: 919-LB-19262163-EXT

Job title: Public Health Support Officer - Health and Wellbeing

Employer: Public Health England

Department: PHE East of England, Health and Wellbeing Team

Locations: PHE East of England, Cambridge

Salary: HEO Outer London, £29,921- £37,640

Grade: CS Grade - Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Job Type 12 months FTC (Fixed Term Contract)

Closing Date: 15/10/2020

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

PHE Centres have a key role in developing and maintaining relationships with local authorities, local resilience fora, NHS commissioners and the providers of public health services from the public, third and independent sector to support and influence the delivery of improved outcomes for the public's health.

The East of England Health and Wellbeing team have an exciting opportunity to work as part of the local centre PHE team for a period of 12 months. The health and wellbeing support officer is responsible for supporting the smooth running of health and wellbeing programmes and projects, which are designed to support local government and health and care partners to improve the health of their populations. This post holder will be expected to work flexibly, independently, collaboratively and in an integrated way within PHE and with partner organisations. There will be opportunities to be involved in a range of policy areas such as children and young people, tobacco control, alcohol and drugs, obesity and physical activity, cardiovascular risk reduction, mental health and sexual health and with a focus on health inequalities and impacts of Covid-19.

This is an ideal post to gain broad understanding and experience in health and wellbeing aspects of public health. The successful candidate will be encouraged to undertake learning and development opportunities offered by PHE.

Option 3 - External

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

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Jessica Stokes Job title Deputy Director of Health and Wellbeing Telephone number 01223 724486 Additional contact information

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Jessica Stokes, Consultant in Public Health, on 01223 724486

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.

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

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.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application may be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system. If imported, all subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Public Health England transferring the information to its preferred applicant management system. Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders.

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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