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Director of Public Health

Derbyshire County Council
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Director of Public Health

Grade 18 £93,788 - £103,169 per annum

County Hall, Matlock

Improving the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and communities is at the heart of everything we do at Derbyshire County Council, and our internal focus of empowerment, support and a 'one council' approach allows our teams to be the best they can be.

Joining us as our new Director of Public Health will place you in a pivotal role to champion our values, lead high performing teams and ultimately improve health outcomes for residents across the County.

The role will allow you to develop and lead existing public health services, integrate and build new offerings and facilitate a successful post-covid strategy alongside our partners within the NHS.

But why Derbyshire?

The depth of Derbyshire's Covid-19 response was among one of the best in the country, our Public Health team rolled up its sleeves and got involved on the ground, not only delivering an effective Community Response Unit, providing Community Testing and Local Contact Tracing, but also bolstering our in-house weight management and smoking cessation services to target those at highest risk.

Derbyshire's Public Health team benefits from having a strong culture of 'Doing', proven time and again by the success the impact its services have on residents of the County.

Through a collaborative approach with internal teams and partners, our Public Health Services are taking a lead role in the provision of care and safeguarding of Ukrainian refugees, ensuring not only the safety of refugees but the opportunity for them to thrive once living in Derbyshire.


* Facilitating a mixture of commissioned and directly delivered Public Health services including mental health promotion, disability employment, physical activity, welfare rights and volunteer services.

* Working with the NHS on joint strategic commissioning and needs assessment.

* Working strategically with Derby City Council Public Health at scale.

* Continuing to lead the Councils Covid-19 pandemic response and vaccination programmes through internal and external collaboration.

* Effective coordination of population health management supporting integrated health and care delivery.

* Assessing and delivering preventative public health measures.

* Using data driven knowledge and intelligence to influence and adapt services for the best possible outcomes.

* Providing leadership and expert advice to the Council and organisations that work with our local authority.

* Responsibility for the Council's public health budget, this includes the public health grant as well as wider council budgets and Covid-19 related funding

* Management of senior staff (recruitment, personal development, appraisals, disciplinaries etc.)

* Delivering fulfilling and enterprising public health project work.

Experience Required:

* Inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist or UK Public Health Registrar (UKPHR). If included in the GMC/GDC Specialist Register in a specialty other than the public health medicine/dental public health, candidates must have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience of public health medicine practice. (Essential)

* Membership of Faculty for Public Health (MFPH) by examination, by exemption or by assessment. (Essential)

* Master's Degree in Public Health (Membership Public Health postgraduate qualification). (Desirable)

* Significant postgraduate specialist training. (Essential)

* Evidence of continuing management, professional and personal development. (Essential)

This role is a genuine opportunity to take on a caring and successful Public Health Service within a local authority with an appetite for improvement and transformation. If you're an experienced and qualified public health professional who is passionate about improving health outcomes, then we'd love to hear from you.

Interviews scheduled to take place week beginning 11th July 2022.

The position is currently being carried out in a hybrid way of working depending on the needs of the service. Some travel will be required.

This post is designated in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 as a Politically Restricted Post. The successful candidate will therefore be disqualified from: (a) Becoming or remaining a Member of a local authority (excluding town or parish councils); or (b) Standing as a candidate for election as a Member of the House of Commons or the European Parliament (c) Acting as an election agent (d) Acting as an official of a political party, (e) Canvassing on behalf of a political party or individual (f) Publishing material or addressing the public in support of a political party
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