Consultant in Public Health / Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Norfolk County Council
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Norfolk is a great place to live and work, with access to beautiful coasts and countryside, the vibrant city of Norwich, thriving market towns, affordable housing and good rail links to London. This is an exciting opportunity to come and join us as part of our successful public health team.
Our team provides strategic leadership in the fields of prevention and policy, commissioning of public health funded services, healthcare public health, health intelligence and health protection to improve the health and wellbeing of Norfolks communities. Joining our Public Health Specialist Team, you will support the Director of Public Health to deliver their statutory public health functions across Norfolk with opportunities to help shape and develop ambitious aims for prevention across the system and in working with the Integrated Care Board (ICB) and Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). As a senior level expert, you will advise on public health practice across the spectrum of both our direct work and that of our partners, taking a health in all policies approach.
Main duties of the job
With a high level of intellectual rigour, negotiation and motivational skills, you will deal with complex public health issues, strategies and services. You will understand the link between economic success and good health and take a long-term approach to related strategic improvements.
Your portfolio may vary over time and cross all domains of public health. In the first instance, youll likely focus on health improvement with current needs including mental health and wellbeing as well as older peoples health and wellbeing, but portfolios will be agreed in discussion with the successful candidate.
To be successful you will need to demonstrate the competencies to fulfil a generalist Consultant in Public Health / Consultant in Public Health Medicine role. You will have inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register / GDC Specialist Register / UK Voluntary Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists or be within 6 months of gaining entry and will be able to evidence CPD requirements in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements or other recognised body.
We operate a hybrid working policy. Your office base will be County Hall, Norwich. Our technology platform and equipment are first class enabling you to connect and collaborate remotely. We ask that you have in place good broadband connectivity.
This permanent post will support the Director of Public Health (DPH) in delivering their statutory public health functions across Norfolk. The post holder will work closely and constructively with the Director of Public Health, Deputy Directors of Public Health, other consultants and the wider public health team, as well as being a highly visible leader with key system partners.
The post holder will need to demonstrate competencies to fulfil a generalist Consultant in Public Health role. The portfolio may vary over time and cross all domains of public health.The appointee will be expected to be intellectually and practically flexible and to be able to cope with multiple and changing demands and meet tight deadlines.
A high level of intellectual rigour, political awareness, negotiation and motivation skills and flexibility are required to deal with complex public health issues, to advise and make recommendations regarding services and patient care.
Tact and diplomacy are essential. An ability to understand other cultures to enable effective working across organisational boundaries and influencing without authority. The post holder will actively look for similarities in plans to identify possible synergies across service areas and drive through change by making connections between strategic vision and what needs to be done.
This post will support relationships within Norfolk County Council, the associated District Councils, and neighbouring local authorities; UKHSA, OHID, NHS England, the local Integrated Care Board and Integrated Care System, and wider stakeholders.Context
The role is derived from Government policy and clearly identifies the unique contribution that local authorities can make to understand and improve the health and wellbeing of communities through:
- Developing clear long-term visions and strategies which will deliver maximum improvements in health and wellbeing in line with the Councils strategic objectives
- Developing or enhancing workstreams that address key priorities in the Public Health Strategic Plan. For example, current areas needing Consultant input include mental health and wellbeing, and older peoples health and wellbeing in an ageing population though portfolios are agreed with successful candidates and can vary over time across the breadth of local authority public health
- Developing strong partner relationships and providing strategic leadership to ensure effective system approaches to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities in a complex and challenging partnership environment
- Supporting Members to engage effectively within the system and with their communities with respect to the populations healthSupporting the Director of Public Health in their statutory duties
- Playing a leadership role in continuous improvement to improve outcomes for the local population and effectiveness of interventions and services
- Contributing to the department as a learning environment, supporting the development of staff and providing good quality supervision for trainees
- Providing specialist public health input into the review, commissioning and strategic direction of services.
The public health team has recently moved into the Adult Social Services department. This post sits under a Deputy Director of Public Health within the Public Health Specialist team. The PHS team is the home of the Consultants in Public Health/Medicine, the health protection function, PH apprentices and trainees - NCC is an approved training location for FY2, GP and PH Registrars. Consultants currently do not line manage teams rather, through matrix working, they provide expertise across the whole department, often leading project teams on specific elements of work.
Organisational charts reflect the current organisation of the public health department, though re-organisations may be undertaken from time to time with changes to teams and line management arrangements and responsibilities.Accountabilities
- Be a senior representative of public health within Norfolk County Council and across the wider system
- To act in a senior level, expert advisory capacity on public health knowledge, standards and practice, across the spectrum of public health
- To influence external agencies in their public health policy decisions by working with complex professional, managerial and population groups; and other organisations in the statutory, non-statutory and private sectors
- Develop and utilise information and intelligence systems to underpin public health action across disciplines and organisations, leading collation and interpretation of relevant data
- Support strategy, policy development and ensure delivery of business plans and interventions in specialist portfolios
- Be an authorised signatory, budget or delegated budget holder, or be required to monitor or contribute to the formulation of department/ service budgets and financial initiatives
- Have responsibility for development, implementation and delivery of national, regional and local policies, developing inter-agency and interdisciplinary strategic plans and programmes, with delegated Board or organisational authority to deliver key public health targets
- May undertake research or audit and translate research findings into public health practice
- Provide expert public health advice and leadership to support and inform an evidence-based approach within ethical frameworks for commissioning and developing high quality equitable services
- Contribute to training Specialty Registrars in Public Health, FY2 and GP trainees and professional development of other staff
- Pursue a programme of CPD in accordance with the Faculty of Public Health requirements, or other recognised body, and undertake revalidation, audit or other measures required to remain on the GMC/GDC Specialist Register or the UK Public Health (Specialist) Register or other specialist register as appropriate
- You may be required to deputise for the Director/Deputy Director as required
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).