Public Health Scientist - Health Protection Team

Wiltshire Council
Trowbridge, UK
Closing date
29 Sep 2020

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Public Health Scientist - Health Protection Team - 12 month Fixed Term Contract

Our vision is to create stronger and more resilient communities and to ensure people in Wiltshire have healthy, active and high-quality lives. Our highly successful public health team works to deliver this vision by improving health and wellbeing across the county, reducing health inequalities and protecting the most vulnerable.

The Health Protection team are responsible for the support and management of local outbreaks throughout the COVID pandemic. The team reports directly to the Director of Public Health as the responsible director for population health. The team are responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of the local outbreak management plan and will be working with partners across the county to ensure appropriate provisions are in place to support health protection Public Health exists to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the local population, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the development of specialist public health services.

To enable us to develop and expand our capacity in this area we are now seeking to recruit a forward thinking Public Health Scientist.

About the Role

As a Public Health Scientist you will be part of the team that manage significant public health work programmes with limited supervision including the management of health intelligence and research contracts. This will involve using complex epidemiological information to inform the work of the public health team. You will be interpreting and analysing highly complex information and situations - applying statistical tests against population profiles and be presenting public health information to the council and partner organisations, which may include complex and sensitive information. You will be providing specialist public health response on behalf of the council to national consultations on the development of health information and related issues, and be able to offer guidance to the wider public health team on actions relating to public health information - interpret data and make informed recommendations of the data taking into account local population groups and key messages. The role will be developing working relationships extensively within the council and wider health community to enable the collection and dissemination of information whilst Maintaining links within the council, local NHS organisations and other statutory, voluntary and academic institutions necessary to further the public health information function ensuring a comprehensive approach to improving public health information is established and maintained.

About you

You will hold a relevant first degree or equivalent professional experience and a postgraduate degree or professional qualification in public health or related discipline (e.g. epidemiology, health informatics)or equivalent experience. You will have experience within a public health and/or NHS environment. You will have Specialist knowledge and experience of information analysis, statistical concepts and statistical packages - including ability to use advanced formula, macros, large databases as well as Knowledge and expertise in use of GIS or equivalent mapping experience/skills.

You will have an Understanding and experience of working within information governance and data security guidelines and have the proven ability to maintain and develop personal skills in information analysis, statistical techniques and software packages.You will be able to demonstrate your ability to interpret and analyse highly complex information and have statistical tests experience.

This role closes on 4 October 2020.

Interviews will be held in October 2020.
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