Health Improvement Officer - Starting, Developing and Living Well
Grade 6 £32,020 - £36,298
2 year fixed term contract
We are recruiting a two-year fixed term Health Improvement Officer position in the Starting, Developing and Living Well arm of the City of Wolverhampton’s Public Health team. The post will provide support to drive the development of the Children and Young People's Health Champions programme in Wolverhampton and play a crucial role in addressing local health and wellbeing priorities and health inequalities.
The postholder will have a unique opportunity to work in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders, including schools, healthcare partners, local authority services, and voluntary sector organisations, to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children and young people.
The role will include developing and implementing a Health Champions programme, recruiting children and young people to the role of a 'Health Champion', provision of training and support, local networking, promotion of evidence-based practice and evaluation of health improvement initiatives. The postholder will support the recruited Health Champions to identify priorities and drive improvements within their schools and local communities. They will also be an advocate for the involvement of children and young people in local commissioning arrangements, project design and decision-making across a broad range of public health outcomes and wider determinants.
The postholder will work in a matrix fashion, maintaining close links with staff in other teams and organisations who are working on related outcomes. They will bring generic public health skills, competences and knowledge that can support the work of other team members and contribute to new areas of work as required.
We are keen to hear from applicants with an interest in working with children and young people, experience of working in schools and community settings, and a desire to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.
Interviews to take place on 15th December
For an informal discussion, please contact Louise Sharrod, Principal Public Health Specialist at
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