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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/11/2020.

Data Scientist (Apprentice)

Job Reference: 919-AW-35114865-EXT4

Employer:
Public Health England
Location:
National
Salary:
£28,588 - £39,691 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

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
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.


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.

To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit PHE Website

On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the National Institute for Health Protection and consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. Public Health England and many of its employees will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Spring 2021. Any new or current employees working for Public Health England during this time, will receive appropriate communications and consultation prior to any formal transfer taking place. Employees who compulsorily transfer to successor bodies will remain on their existing contractual terms and conditions and this applies both to current employees and those recruited during the transition. The recruitment, growth & development of our workforce is vital for the continuing success of PHE and thefuture National Institute for Health Protection.

Public Health England apprenticeship recruitment to Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (LKIS)

We are currently seeking to expand the workforce in our Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (LKIS). We are looking for data analysts and data scientists from a wide range of backgrounds to bring their knowledge, skills and expertise to our team.

Our Organisation

We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support.

We employ 5,500 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals. We have seven Regions; North East & Yorkshire, North West, Midlands, East of England, South West, South East and London. We work closely with public health professionals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and internationally.

We are responsible for improving the health of the whole population, protecting the nation from public health hazards, preparing for and responding to public health emergencies, supporting local authorities and the NHS to plan and provide health and social care services such as immunisation and screening programmes, and to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce, researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of public health challenges and come up with answers to public health problems.

We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.

What do LKIS do?

PHE’s Local Knowledge and Intelligence Service (LKIS), part of the Health Improvement directorate in Public Health England (PHE), is a distributed national service with seven analytical teams working locally as part of an integrated function at PHE Region level.

The overall aim of the service is to support and advocate for effective local public health action, through the delivery of high quality tools and products, analysis, expert advice and training. The service is available to local authorities and other population health partners.

LKIS’ work is built around three core areas of practice:

  • being an expert knowledge broker to local systems
  • working in partnership to develop local capacity and capability
  • developing innovative approaches to, and advocating for, the use of data and evidence for better local decision making

This expansion will enable up to meet our commitment to support local public health organisations in ensuring a rapid, responsive and flexible response to COVID-19 in their localities, by providing timely and granular data, intelligence and analysis to local teams.

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

This role is being offered in different regions around the country

IMPORTANT: Please indicate at the beginning of your personal statement your preferred regional bases or the area for which you have applied.

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: John Battersby at John.Battersby@phe.gov.uk




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.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application may be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system. If imported, all subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from apps.trac.jobs. You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Public Health England transferring the information to its preferred applicant management system. Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders.

Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

For more information please go to the PHE website.



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