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Director of Public Health 5572

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Up to £1229 per day

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Director of Public Health





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If you are looking for Thurrock jobs, we have an exciting contract role for a Director of Public Health to join a well-established company in Thurrock. This will be an initial 5-month contract with extensions.

This role is inside IR35, and as a result, this role is only suitable for umbrella contractors. The Director of Public Health is a statutory chief officer of the Council and the principal adviser on all health matters to elected members and officers, with a leadership role spanning all three domains of public health: health improvement, health protection, and healthcare public health.

The Director of Public Health will provide strategic oversight of the continued integration of public health into all aspects of the Council’s work. Public health will also have an integral part in the delivery of the positive health impacts of the Council’s ambitious regeneration programme to drive growth and economic prosperity across the borough.

Job Purpose

The Director of Public Health leads a team within the local authority responsible for the development of a strategic needs assessment for the local population and for the delivery of:
Firstly, health improvement
Secondly, health protection
Lastly, health services public health

Key Experience needed:

Firstly, educated to degree level or equivalent
Secondly, a recognised professional qualification in public health
Also, significant relevant experience in a senior management position with a record of measurable success
Furthermore, inclusion in the GMC Full and Specialist Register with a license to practice /GDC Specialist List/UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists (or being eligible for registration within six months of the interview)
If included in the GMC Specialist Register or GDC Specialist List in a specialty other than public health medicine/dental public health, candidates must have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience in public health medicine practice.
Applicants must meet minimum CPD requirements (i.e., be up-to-date) in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements or those of another recognised body.
MFPH by examination, by exemption, or by assessment
Full and high level of understanding of epidemiology and statistics, public health practice, health promotion, community development, health economics, and health care evaluation. Develops service practices and ensures appropriate application. Provides advice on the more complex instances

Also important for this role

Establishing and promoting a clear public health vision which is coherent with the business strategy and the political vision for Thurrock Council and consistent with Government policy and takes account of social and economic trends. This is about role modelling through their own actions the types of behaviours expected of others in creating a high performing public health culture.
Community and population focus – working together to a common agenda and objectives with a shared purpose and common values, always looking for ways to improve access to services by communities and individuals.
Understanding and experience of NHS and local government cultures, structures and policies
Knowledge of methods of developing clinical quality assurance, quality improvement and evidence based clinical and/or public health practice
Demonstrable success at inter-agency working
Experience of identifying and developing opportunities for innovation, improvement and managing change in a variety of settings
Able to work under sustained pressure
A high level of financial awareness and ability to understand the financial implications of strategy and policy
Ability to lead and develop innovative solutions to complex problems and manage others to promote a solution-focused approach
Political awareness
Considerable interpersonal skills including the ability to persuade, negotiate and influence
Strategic thinker with proven leadership skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills (including dealing with the media)
Effective interpersonal, motivational and influencing skills
Ability to respond appropriately in unplanned and unforeseen circumstances

Also, needed

Excellent presentational skills (oral and written)
Substantially numerate, with highly developed analytical skills using qualitative and quantitative data
Ability to design, develop, interpret and implement policies
Demonstrates knowledge of project management tools and techniques. Sufficient skill to develop and implement large scale projects, utilising and leading multi-skilled project teams


Detailed knowledge of personnel management. Carries out effective performance management of staff and demonstrates understanding of policies related to pay, capability, disciplinary matters, and grievances. Plans department activities and the use of staff resources effectively. Participates in workforce planning and training needs assessments
Knowing and managing the strategic talent requirements for the organization. It is about promoting and encouraging a culture where people focus on developing themselves and others to deliver improvement while developing careers.
Holding direct reports accountable for people’s development generally and specifically for releasing high performers for personal development
Articulating the many long-term benefits of talent management and developing the talent pools required for succession
Ensuring comprehensive workforce plans are in place
Budget management skills
Scientific publications, presentations of papers at conferences, seminars, etc.
Strong commitment to public health principles
be able to prioritize work and work well against a background of change and uncertainty.
Adaptable to situations, able to handle people of all capabilities and attitudes
Commitment to teamwork and respect and consideration for the skills of others

Other skills:

Self-motivated, pro-active, and innovative
High standards of professional probity
Also, understanding the social and political environment
Likewise, understanding the interfaces between health and social care
Finally, be able to exercise satisfactory travel mobility to fulfill the obligations of the role.

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