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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/08/2020.

Consultant in Health Protection and Consultant Epidemiologist

Job Reference: 919-AW-34405065-EXT

Public Health England
Health Protection and Epidemiology
£75,914 - £107,668 per annum (pro rata)

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health

This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

  • For posts on PHE Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems that have annual pay increments. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.
  • For clinically ringfenced AfC or Medical/Dental posts, you must obtain the correct professional registration to be appointed. The pay will follow the AfC or Medical & Dental terms & conditions. You may be asked to provide evidence on previous service whilst we are conducting pre-employment checks to determine starting salaries.

Any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Given the nature of the work of PHE, as a Category 1 department, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.

Job Reference Number: 919-AW-34405065-EXT

Job title: Consultant in Health Protection and Consultant Epidemiologist

Employer: Public Health England

Department: Places and Regions, Field Services and Health Protection

Location:Home based. You may be required from time to time to attend PHE regional offices.

  • North East - Newcastle
  • Yorkshire and the Humber – Leeds, York
  • North West – Liverpool, Preston, Manchester
  • Midlands – Nottingham, Birmingham
  • East of England – Cambridge, Mildenhall
  • South East – Chilton, Fareham, Horsham and Ashford
  • South West – Bristol, Totnes
  • London

Hours:10 PA’s (Medical and Dental) or 37.5 hours per week (NHS Agenda for Change)

Job Type :12 month contract (with possibility to extend/make permanent)

Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally and enable locally a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It achieves this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

We are seeking to appoint Consultants in Health Protection and Consultant Epidemiologists. This will provide an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people living England.

This is an unprecedented time within the healthcare system and Public Health England has a key role in responding to and planning for recovery from the current Covid-19 pandemic. Our new operating model within our Place and Regions Directorate represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage. As we move forward, this is an exciting time to be joining one of our Health Protection teams located nationally across our national and nine regional teams, our Field Service or working in the PHE Contact Tracing Cell.

Expanding our team of Consultants in Health Protection and Consultant Epidemiologists is a crucial next step for us to ensure we have the leadership this challenge demands in ensuring successful local outbreak management plans for COVID 19.

We welcome Consultants from a range of backgrounds, medical and non-medical, and value the experience and diversity this brings.

These roles offer a challenging but rewarding career opportunity for the right individuals and you will be coming into a supportive environment as part of the wider public health community. To be successful in one of these roles, you will need to demonstrate a high level of technical skill and intellectual rigour and be able to cope with multiple and changing demands in a fast paced and unpredictable environment.

These roles will be initially fixed term, however there may be opportunities to extend contracts or transition to permanent opportunities as they become available.

The post holders will provide leadership, management and oversight of the health protection function, including the response to incidents and outbreaks. The postholders will have responsibility for day to day operational delivery including working closely with partners, and ensuring delivery of high-quality surveillance, response and support.

The postholders will also be required to work across joint initiatives and individual workstreams within the other domains of public health.

Candidates must be included on the GMC Specialist Register or UK Public Health Register or within 6 months of gaining entry. The successful candidates will have at least 6 months experience of Health Protection practice as well as experience of communicable disease control and an understanding of laboratory microbiology services. Candidates must have effective interpersonal and influencing skills, be able to prioritise work, and work well against a background of change and uncertainty.

Within their supporting statement, candidates must list the advertised roles in order of preference.

If you are motivated by this opportunity, and have the requisite skills and experience, then we would like to hear from you.

We welcome enquiries for further information and encourage informal enquiries. A list of contacts is detailed in the final section of the candidate information pack.

At PHE, we are proud to protect and improve the nation’s health and are appreciative of how important life is. As a top 10 member of the Working Families we are recognised as an employer who is leading the way in building flexible, family friendly workplaces and we want to support ways of working that is best for us, for service delivery, and for you.

Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have a ‘home’ office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations maximising available technologies. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see job description for competencies. Applicants will be required to complete an application form online.

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer.

Prospective candidates are invited to contact to discuss the post.

The Civil Service (CS) embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the CS Commission's recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document). PHE is a disability confident employer and is committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome applications from people with a disability or long term health condition.

The law requires that selection for appointment to the CS is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the CS Commission's Recruitment Principles.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact PHE recruitment team in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from PHE, you can contact the CS Commission.

If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

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Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

For more information please go to the PHE website.

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