Public Health Officer
Birmingham City Council aims to improve the quality of life for the people of Birmingham today, tomorrow and always. Our vision is to create a city which provides:
A good childhood, for the best start in life. A great education to give the best chances for life. Promoting people's recovery and inclusion in the most independent life. Where needed, planning ahead across the life course. The best care and health outcomes for life. The Public Health Function is an important contributor to this vision, responsible for developing the Council into a ‘Public Health Engine’ which actively promotes population good health and enables all Birmingham citizens to make healthier choices. This will be achieved through the continual championing of the health and wellbeing of all people across the city, but especially the most vulnerable. The delivery of an effective intelligence-led approach based on a set of agreed principles will require significant cultural and structural change – where the citizen is at the heart of what we do and each and every member of the Public Health workforce willingly and actively takes responsibility for their actions.
You will focus on supporting the Senior Officer in the delivery of a set of agreed Public Health specialist functions, working closely with the National Health Service (including Primary Care and Secondary Care) and supporting the Clinical Commissioning Group and other partner agencies. Your role will support the Senior Officer to undertake assurance and compliance duties for allocated work streams, ensuring that services are safe and effective as well as developed and commissioned, with the result of improved health and wellbeing outcomes for citizens, with appropriate standards, and compliance with policy and regulation. You will support the Senior Officer in informing, educating and empowering people and organisations to tackle health issues and carry out effective interventions and support the operational delivery of projects and interventions as required.
You will support in the delivery of a strong service through a combination of subject matter knowledge and technical skills, working flexibly in accordance with business needs and priorities in a manner that supports a positive culture of change, in order to deliver a service against key directorate, council and National Health Service priorities and targets. You will play a support role in enabling change within Public Health, ensuring it is lean and delivers value for money, and you will be required to develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders to deliver services that result in improved outcomes for citizens. The role will involve meeting community providers in their own settings, support in the provision of information workshops and travel to multiple locations. The ability to drive is desirable but not essential.
- To support the assessment of health needs of children, young people, schools and wider communities ensuring children are not disadvantaged through ill health or social circumstances.
- To work collaboratively with allied professionals, e.g. Health Visitors, to ensure seamless care and support for school age children at key life events such as transition in and out of educational establishments.
- To support the assessment of health needs of adults and the delivery of the NHS Health Check programme.
- Support the implementation of systems and processes to improve diseases amenable to health care at scale.
- To support the delivery of a range of health interventions across population
- To support the improvement and implementation of service development through research and audits highlighting evidence based best practices.
- To support the implementation of Primary Care development with CCGs.
- To support the implementation of Public Health programmes in Primary Care, including Smoking Cessation.
Experience of working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in supporting Public health outcomes
Has experience of writing effective briefings and reports.
Experience of supporting effective new models and initiatives, reducing demand and improving the health and wellbeing of citizens.
Experience and understanding of Public Health priorities and relevant policy environment.
Demonstrates good interpersonal communication skills, empathy, listening and encouragement.
Understands the link between outputs and outcomes in meeting the needs of citizens.
Understands and, as agreed, has the ability to make use of different types of communication including social media as a means to engage excluded groups in consultation.
Effective IT skills.
For informal enquiries please contact Carole Collins – Public Health Senior officer on 07548122644 or Bhavna Taank – Public Health Primary Care Service Lead on 07864 933752
Closing date for applications is 27/08/2019
Interviews will take place between 09/09/2019 and 11/09/2019
Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants. All non UK and non EU applicants are required to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must be approved by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) before any employment offer can be confirmed.Supporting documents
Grade 4 - Job Description
GR4 - Personal Specification