Birmingham City Council

Senior Officer – Public Health (Wider Determinants – Place)

10 Woodcock Street, Birmingham, B7 4BL (initially from home)
£35,745 to £43,857
29 Jul 2021
16 Aug 2021
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Birmingham City Council Plan and Priorities

We aim to be a city of growth where every child, citizen and place matters. Birmingham City Council wants to make a positive difference, every day, to people’s lives. This underpins everything that the Council does, whether that’s setting priorities, making decisions or delivering services.

Birmingham City Council will focus our resources on these key priorities:

  • Birmingham is an entrepreneurial city to learn, work and invest in
  • Birmingham is an aspirational city to grow up in
  • Birmingham is a fulfilling city to age well in
  • Birmingham is a great, clean and green city to live in
  • Birmingham residents gain the maximum benefit from hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Birmingham is a city that takes a leading role in tackling climate change

The council’s role is to provide 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 decent services for all, so we can focus on supporting those least able to support themselves. And we’ll work with partners and put citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

Public Health is an integral part of achieving this vision.

Public Health Function: Key Principles

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 division is underpinned by three values:

  • Equity
  • Prevention
  • Evidence based practice

Key Responsibilities of the Role

This full-time permanent position will be within the Wider Determinants workstream, embedded in the Place Team who focus on Birmingham’s Physical Activity and Economy agendas.

This role will be part of a team dedicated to accelerating our public health approach to improving access to physical activity and tackling inequalities that create barriers to participation in physical activity. This is underpinned by the work of the Creating a Physically Active City Forum (CPAC).

As a Senior Officer, the role will also focus on the development and delivery of interventions that are designed to increase physical activity and supporting the Lead Officer in the development and delivery of key strategic outcomes, this will include supporting the CPAC.

The role will also support the development of a Public Health Economic Growth Plan and will also have a focus on supporting the development of the East Birmingham Corridor.

Role Responsibilities

The post holders will implement practical and rigorous approaches to ensure that work has an impact on health and wellbeing. This includes:

  • To provide, maintain and disseminate Public Health intelligence, informing business decisions across the Council and NHS.
  • Maintain awareness of relevant policy environment.
  • Support for translation of policy to practice across wider Council and external partners
  • Deliver response to Subject Access, Freedom of Information and other ad-hoc information requests.
  • To support the delivery of performance and governance arrangements and the development and implementation of improvement programmes, in line with agreed priority
  • To ensure that Council commissioning activity improves the health and environmental wellbeing of citizens in Birmingham.
  • To provide support to the strategic and operational development of the Health and Wellbeing Board
  • To support the delivery of the assurance of organisational resilience and emergency planning.
  • To support the oversight of information governance and information management responsibilities across the wider Directorate and Council.
  • Deliver responsibilities relating to Data Sharing Agreements
  • To deliver the activity required for the Annual Report.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for collaboration across the Council and with external stakeholders.
  • Deliver the response, in collaboration with partners, to alcohol licensing and create a training programme for related tools
  • Provide the Public Health response to license applications and planned developments to promote health and wellbeing in Birmingham
  • Support the training placement accreditation for Public Health Higher Specialist Training
  • To test and validate behavioural economics interventions through active engagement with citizens
  • Communicate innovative solutions and best practice for health and wellbeing problems to stakeholders
  • To support innovation development through testing, evaluating and managing proofs of concept /new initiatives
  • To work collaboratively with strategic partners, including the NHS and Council, to ensure that evidence-based approaches are applied to investment decisions
  • Utilise project management methodologies in order to deliver proofs of concept and maximise relevant activities
  • Encourage and enable innovative approaches to health and wellbeing with stakeholders and facilitating meaningful change.

Professional Development and Behaviours

  • To maintain personal and professional development in order to meet the changing demands of the role
  • To promote and maintain organisational values and behaviours at all times, leading by example
  • To contribute to the team’s effectiveness by developing and sharing best practice
  • To attend and actively participate in appropriate training activities both internal and external
  • To encourage and support others in their learning, development and training
  • To develop productive working relationships with colleague

Special Conditions

  • This vacancy is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
  • A DBS check will be undertaken
  • Observance of the City Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy will be required.

Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact: Kyle Stott, Service Lead, Public Health Birmingham. Email:

Ref: BCC002266

Post References: Interviews to be held end of August

Please note CVs will not be considered

When applying, you are strongly advised to pay attention to the person specification and job description.

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

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken


“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.”


An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence using the English Language as required by Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016

"The City Council is currently consulting on potential changes to its terms and conditions (in line with its s.188 notice) which may have an impact on any contract of employment that is offered should the candidate be successful

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