Director of Public Health Science

Edinburgh, UK
Closing date
22 Sep 2020

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Public Health Scotland has a unique opportunity for you to join our executive team and make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

We are Scotland's new national public health body. Launched in April of this year we are accountable to the Scottish Government and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and we work closely with partners across all sectors in Scotland to realise our ambition of a Scotland where everybody thrives.

The role of Director of Public Health Science is a vital role at a critical time. The country is facing unprecedented challenges to public health; challenges that require a robust response and close working between local and national partners.

We are therefore looking for a strong leader with a commitment to collaborative working. You will direct our health protection function, working closely with partners in other NHS Boards and in local authorities. You will lead and support emergency and contingency planning in relation to serious threats to public health such as COVID-19.

Together with fellow members of the Senior Leadership Team you will work across our organisation, providing leadership, driving forwarding transformational change and embedding our values of respect, collaboration, innovation, excellence and integrity.

You will provide collaborative leadership for our 2020-23 Strategic Plan, displaying our values in your work to implement the plan and realise the ambitions of public health reform with partners and stakeholders across the system.

You will lead on the development of our clinical strategy and on research and innovation, overseeing our own work and driving forward system-wide developments in this area.

You will have cross-organisational professional responsibility for specialist public health professionals and will lead our support for externally-facing activity on learning and workforce development for public health professionals.

You will be a credible and respected adviser, providing expert advice to the Chief Executive, the Senior Leadership Team, the Scottish Government, COSLA and other partner organisations.

You will be a motivational leader, creating the capacity for innovation and transformation whilst ensuring that core services are maintained.

We look forward to hearing what you will bring to our organisation and how your expertise will help us meet our ambitions for health and wellbeing in Scotland.

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

For an informal discussion on the post, please contact Andrew Fraser on 07747 040 256 or

Candidates are advised to view the attached Candidate Information pack for a comprehensive guide to this role.

Furtherinformation on PHS is available from:

Closingdate for completed applications is Sunday 27th September 2020

Pleasenote 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 committed participant in the disability confident scheme, guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies
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