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Public Health Officer

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham, UK
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

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Public Health Officer - Health Protection

Fixed Term Contract - 12 months

Grade 4 - £32,076 - £39,186 Consultation grade - subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review

Working 36.5 hours per week

Location - 10 Woodcock Street, Birmingham / Hybrid

About Us

We have an exciting opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary public health team in a fixed term Public Health Officer role working to a Public Health Senior Officer (Health Protection) on delivering recommendations outlined by our recently completed Oral Health Needs Assessment.  The Public Health Division includes six core sub-divisions focused on Healthy Behaviours and Communities; Children and Young People; Adults and Older People; Knowledge, Evidence and Population Health Management; Deputy Director (PR & Communications, Bolder Healthier, Behavioural Science) and Environmental Public Health and Health Protection, and is part of the Strategic Partnerships, Insight and Prevention Directorate of the Council. This is a great opportunity to join the largest Local Authority in the country and contribute to Birmingham being a great city that enables people to live healthy and active lives.  

The Role

The role of the Grade 4 (GR4) Public Health – Officer Health Protection is designed for people with experience in project management and the ability to engage effectively with stakeholders. It will give experience in applying these previous skills and experience in a dynamic public health department.  

This unique and exciting opportunity will also give opportunities to gain experience across other Health Protection areas and will support candidates with professional development opportunities in-line with the Public Health skills and knowledge framework (PHSKF).

The role will work to the Public Health Senior Officer (Health Protection) on supporting delivery of our key Health Protection workstreams including (but not limited to) immunisations & screening programmes; complex TB; extreme weather; emergency planning, preparedness, and response; and community engagement around key health protection issues. Beyond supporting the delivery of our key workstreams, the role will also provide the opportunity to develop the key Public Health skill of working autonomously in managing the delivery of the oral health needs assessment recommendations.  

A key part of Health Protection work is responding to incidents and this role will provide the opportunity to support with the response to complex Health Protection incidents, working with organisations such as UK Health Security Agency and NHS Birmingham & Solihull ICB to protect the health of Birmingham residents.  

Skills & Experience

Each candidate must have a degree or other relevant equivalent level qualification and must be prepared to continue with on-going professional development within the role.

The post holder must have experience of project management, working with a wide range of stakeholders, understanding the relevant policy environment and public health priorities.  Post holders should have experience of report writing and using data to inform development of work areas.

The post holder will have excellent skills in communication, IT, meeting needs of citizens, engaging with excluded groups and understanding Public Health priorities to improve health and wellbeing.  

The post holder will develop and apply subject matter expertise and technical skills to Health Protection projects and implement practical and rigorous approaches to ensure that work has an impact on health and wellbeing.

Additional Information

Special Conditions:

•   This vacancy is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act  

•   A DBS check maybe undertaken  

•   Observance of the City Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy will be required.

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Funmi Worrell, Service Lead (Health Protection), Public Health Birmingham at   

You must upload a Supporting Statement via the attachments part of your application. This is required for shortlisting; you need to describe how your experience and skills fit the essential criteria for the role as specified in the Person Specification. 

Birmingham City Council is an accredited Disability Confident Leader employer, and we are committed to employing, retaining and developing all of our people.

We want to ensure your recruitment journey with us is a positive and equitable one, so please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments, additional support, accessibility needs, or if there is any way in which we can support you through your application.

Closing date 11 June 2024 at 23.59.  

Ref: BCC2086

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

Proof of Right to work in the UK will be required for all applicants in accordance with UK Home Office requirements, before any employment offer can be confirmed.

Non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) would be required to hold a relevant Visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

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Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU

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