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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/04/2021.

Epidemiological Scientist

Job Reference: 028-AC089-0421

Public Health Wales NHS Trust
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (location to be determined), Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (location to be determined)
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

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Epidemiological scientist for a Wales Healthcare Epidemiology Network

As part of a wider investment in health protection and microbiology, Public Health Wales is recruiting for an Epidemiological Scientist to join the Wales Healthcare Epidemiology Network. This is a fixed term post to 30/11/2021 based in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, to support the existing healthcare epidemiologist in outbreak investigations and surveillance of COVID-19 and other common healthcare associated infections. This is an opportunity to develop healthcare epidemiology as a service and speciality, with a particular impact on the populations accessing healthcare in Wales.

The post will be line managed and supported through the Public Health Wales Healthcare Associated infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Programme (HARP) and the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC), but will be based in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to address needs in the hospital and community. Work plans and priorities will be set by the health board in conjunction with Public Health Wales.

The postholder will use their epidemiological and data management skills to streamline and improve surveillance in Health Boards and related national surveillance systems, including the ICNet system for hospital infection surveillance and management, and to interpret surveillance outputs to make public health recommendations. Their field epidemiology skills will be employed in gathering, organising and analysing information on clusters and outbreaks to support outbreak management.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Mari Morgan - Clinical Scientist, Health Protection

Additional contact information

Amy Plimmer, Healthcare Epidemiologist, CDSC

Jane Salmon, Consultant in Health Protection, CDSC

Public Health Wales, reserves the right to close this vacancy early. We therefore encourage early applications. Priority is given to staff awaiting redeployment. We therefore reserve the right to withdraw this advert at any stage.

We are committed to fair, transparent recruitment and believe in equality of opportunity in our workplace and will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, religion or belief, race or nationality, marriage or civil partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, working pattern, caring responsibilities, trade union activity or political beliefs – or on any other grounds. We welcome applications from individuals who may wish to work part time or apply on a job share basis.

To work in the UK, all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship to obtain either a Health and Care Worker visa or Skilled Worker visa, unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply should self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship by visiting the UK Visas and Immigrations website (please see the Further Links section). If you are eligible for the Health and Care visa, application costs are lower and you do not need to pay the annual Immigration Health Surcharge.

In general, anyone joining our Trust who has not previously worked in the NHS will, by default, start on the first point of the advertised pay band. Pay progression will then be determined by annual Performance and Development Reviews in accordance with the NHS Wales Pay Progression Policy. An application for Incremental Credit may be considered, but can only be awarded based on evidenced reckonable service and/or equivalent, relevant experience.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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