Public Health Graduate

10 Woodcock Street Birmingham B7 4BL (Initially from home)
09 Jul 2021
26 Jul 2021
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Fixed Term contract required 12 months

** For existing employees this opportunity is being offered as a secondment, subject to eligibility criteria *

The Public Health Division works across the council plan and is responsible for providing strategic leadership to develop the Council into a local authority that actively promotes population health. This will be achieved by being able to visualise and describe what a healthy Birmingham looks like and then equip others to share our vision and take action. We achieve this by championing the improved health and wellbeing of all citizens, but especially the most vulnerable.

Our vision is to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of Birmingham’s population by reducing inequalities in health and enabling people to help themselves.

The work of the public health team is underpinned by three values:

  • Equity
  • Prevention
  • Evidence based practice

The Public Health Division is led by the Director of Public Health, the division has three core sub-divisions each lead by an Assistant Director of Public Health: Populations Division, Environmental Public Health and Health Protection Division and the Wider Determinants Division. There is a matrix intelligence function which is split across the three core divisions. Alongside this core structure there is a temporary Covid Response Division.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary public health team in a fixed term Public Health Graduate role working to our Assistant Director of Public Health on the Better Mental Health Fund. This fund forms part of the government’s Mental Health Recovery Action Plan 2021/22 to ensure the mental health impacts of COVID 19 are rapidly addressed; it is also part of the government’s levelling up agenda. Funding must be spent in year. Funding has been allocated to the top 40 most deprived local authorities using the Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2019 (Ranking of average rank).  The Wider Determinants Team has selected a range of interventions for this funding to address mental health and wellbeing needs across the life-course: for example, support for children, young people and families, working age and older age groups. The range includes universal programmes that are available across the city as well as interventions that are targeted to specific ethnicity, faith groups and populations by identity or behaviour so that we can address key areas of inequality as evidenced by local and national research, community engagement and stakeholder consultation.

This graduate role will work to the Assistant Director of Public Health on supporting the Better Mental Health Fund projects linked to the wider determinants of health. By managing projects from initiation to completion, there will be opportunities to demonstrate personal impact and outcomes during the placement.









































The role of the Grade 3 (GR3) Public Health Graduate is designed for recent graduates with a degree in Public Health, or an equivalent and relevant undergraduate level qualification. It will give early and formative experience in applying their learning in a dynamic public health department over a 12 months fixed period.

This unique and exciting opportunity will maximise the recent learning from the degree by giving opportunities to apply learning to Birmingham’s public health challenges and opportunities and will give the post holder a way develop experience across the Public Health skills and knowledge framework (PHSKF).

Successful graduates will be required to deliver on a selection of duties and responsibilities working with the Assistant Director of Public Health and her team, with responsibilities changing and evolving based on emerging priorities and business needs.

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

The post holders must have experience of working on projects, monitoring performance, understanding the relevant policy environment and public health priorities.  Post holders should have experience of report writing and communicating information to a diverse audience

The post holders in each of the themed areas will develop and apply subject matter expertise and technical skills to public health projects and implement practical and rigorous approaches to ensure that work has an impact on health and wellbeing. This includes:

  • Work with individuals and service providers to identify and create opportunities for support.
  • Provide proactive project support, agree action plans and broker support as appropriate.
  • Deliver agreed programme and project outputs, results, and outcomes.
  • Supporting the evaluation of interventions.
  • Delivering activity required on technical pieces of work such as health needs assessments, health impact assessments, systematic reviews, or health economics analyses.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders, working collaboratively with stakeholders to embed evidence-based approaches.
  • Supporting work on equality impact assessments.
  • Coordinate and support project steering groups.
  • Collate, write, and deliver project reports

This vacancy is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

A DBS check may be undertaken

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




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

We encourage applications from Birmingham residents and care leavers

Ref: BCC002210

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact:

Maria Rivas, Assistant Director of Public Health, Public Health Birmingham.  


“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.”












Supporting documents
Public Health Graduate JD GR3 2021 Better Mental Health Fund (1).doc