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Job summary

Main area
Centres and Regions
Grade
Band 8b or Grade 7 (Upper)
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
919-KK-19223703-EXT
Employer
Public Health England
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
Site
Chilton
Town
Chilton
Salary
£53,168 - £62,001 per annum
Closing
20/04/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Health Protection Practitioner

Band 8b or Grade 7 (Upper)

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

  • For posts on PHE Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems that have annual pay increments. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.
  • For clinically ringfenced AfC or Medical/Dental posts, you must obtain the correct professional registration to be appointed. The pay will follow the AfC or Medical & Dental terms & conditions. You may be asked to provide evidence on previous service whilst we are conducting pre-employment checks to determine starting salaries.

Any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Temporary Appointments: If you are external to the Civil Service, you will take up the post on a Fixed Term appointment, if you are an existing Civil Servant, based outside of PHE, you will take up the post as a loan and if you are an existing PHE member of staff, you will take up the post as either a level transfer or a temporary promotion as per PHE’s Pay and Grading policy. If you are an existing Civil Servant, (in PHE or elsewhere) you must have prior agreement from your Line Manager before applying for this post.

Given the nature of the work of PHE, as a Category 1 department, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: PHE website    

On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. Public Health England and many of its employees will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Spring 2021. Any new or current employees working for Public Health England during this time, will receive appropriate communications and consultation prior to any formal transfer taking place.  Employees who compulsorily transfer to successor bodies will remain on their existing contractual terms and conditions and this applies both to current employees and those recruited during the transition.  The recruitment, growth & development of our workforce is vital for the continuing success of PHE and the future UK Health Security Agency UKHSA.

To be eligible for employment in the UK Civil Service applicants must meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules (CSNRs) which operate independently and additionally to the Immigration Rules. Applicants must also meet necessary security and vetting requirements, along with any other relevant pre-employment checks.

As from 1 January 2021 broadly the following groups may be eligible to work in non-reserved posts within the Civil Service:

  •        UK nationals
  •        Nationals of Commonwealth countries
  •        Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  •        EEA nationals with (or eligible for) status under the EUSS
  •        Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  •        Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  •        Certain family members of the relevant EU & Turkish nationals

Recruitment teams may wish to include this in job adverts. We would suggest that CS job adverts also include a link to the CSNRs guidance on gov.uk

Changes_to_the_Civil_Service_Nationality_Rules_from_1_January_2021_-_Guidance_and_departmental_actions.pdf

Job overview

PHE is a Category 1 responder, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.

Main duties of the job

CLINICAL & NON-CLINICAL

“Please note, there are two potential sets of criteria in order to fulfil this role, which are outlined in the attached job descriptions. Should you be successful in your application for this post, you will be offered the terms and conditions that correspond to the person specification and criteria that you meet. Clinical roles are part of the PHE Clinical Ring Fence and as such are offered under analogous NHS Terms and Conditions. Non-clinical roles are offered under PHE Terms and Conditions.”

(Clinical) AFC Band 8B -£53,168 - £62,001 per annum

(Non-Clinical) Civil Service – £57,826 - £60,528

Working for our organisation

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health.

 

The Thames Valley Health Protection Team provides the health protection function for the population of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire and forms part of the wider PHE South East. The post holder will be expected to support the work of other Health Protection Teams across the South East.

 

We are seeking to appoint a full time Senior Health Protection Practitioner with substantial experience and specialist knowledge and skills in health protection, who will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, providing the day to day health protection function including the management of infectious disease and environmental hazards and supporting the response to major incidents. The post holder will also be expected to undertake line management responsibilities.

 

The post holder will require demonstrable generic public health skills and will have specific lead areas of work involving partnership working with external organisations and assisting in the development of joint plans and system wide priorities for public health action or improvement. The post holder will contribute to the strategic work of the locality based health protection team and deputise where appropriate.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to demonstrate how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see the job description for competencies.

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Kate McPhedran – Principal Health Protection Practitioner on 0344 225 3861 or email kate.mcphedran@phe.gov.uk.

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer.

 

To be eligible for employment in the UK Civil Service applicants must meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules (CSNRs) which operate independently and additionally to the Immigration Rules. Applicants must also meet necessary security and vetting requirements, along with any other relevant pre-employment checks.

As from 1 January 2021 broadly the following groups may be eligible to work in non-reserved posts within the Civil Service:

  •        UK nationals
  •        Nationals of Commonwealth countries
  •        Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  •        EEA nationals with (or eligible for) status under the EUSS
  •        Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  •        Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  •        Certain family members of the relevant EU & Turkish nationals

Recruitment teams may wish to include this in job adverts. We would suggest that CS job adverts also include a link to the CSNRs guidance on gov.uk

Changes_to_the_Civil_Service_Nationality_Rules_from_1_January_2021_-_Guidance_and_departmental_actions.pdf

Person specification

Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Registered General Nurse or Allied Health Professional with current professional registration e.g. NMC, UKPHR
  • Master’s in Public health, or higher degree in a related subject, or evidence of CPD in health protection and documented experience at master’s level practice
  • Recognised qualification in Infection Prevention and Control or demonstrable equivalent experience
Desirable criteria
  • Recognised teaching qualification or equivalent experience, e.g. ENB 998, PGCE or NVQ Level 4 Certificate in Education
  • Professional Public Health qualification and registration e.g. Specialist Community Public Health (SCPHN) part of the NMC Register or UK PH Register for practitioners

Knowledge and experience

Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience in a health protection role at a senior level with specialist knowledge and expertise in Health Protection
  • An understanding of and ability to work under the current Health and Social Care Act (e.g. safe guarding vulnerable adults; data protection, information governance)
  • Proven experience of managing others in a managerial or supervisory role including performance management and appraisal and development
  • Proven experience and ability to prioritise own work effectively and be able to direct activities of/to others including managing and motivating a team and reviewing individual standards
  • Ability to identify areas for development and delivery of training programmes ensuring national and strategic objectives
  • Experience of leading and maintaining quality and governance frameworks
  • Proven experience of leading and developing robust audit and service improvement practices
  • Ability to identify areas for policy development and experience of delivering these for service improvement utilising a variety of literature and resources
  • Leadership and management of projects (e.g. Quality Improvement and research)
  • Involvement and co-ordination of public health initiatives
  • Incident and outbreak investigation and management
  • Ability to undertake on call responsibility for public health
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the wider public health agenda
  • Working knowledge of the principles of epidemiology
  • Experience of effectively engaging with the media e.g. reactive press statement
  • Experience of developing and delivering training programmes on a wide range of topics including to trainees, pre and post registration
  • Experience of professional supervision/mentorship including supporting public health trainees. e.g.as a project supervisor – merged two elements that were repetitive
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of project principles techniques and tools such as Prince 2 and Managing Successful Projects
  • Understanding of public health law

Skills and capabilities

Essential criteria
  • Highly effective verbal, written and presentation communications skills; capable of constructing and delivering clear ideas and concepts concisely and accurately for diverse audiences
  • Proven ability to build trusted stakeholder relationships networks in a politically sensitive and/or changing environment
  • Ability to interpret, analyse and disseminate complex and/or sensitive information in a concise yet insightful way, pre-empting and evaluating issues and recommending appropriate course of action(s) to large and influential groups
  • Proven capability to plan over short, medium and long-term timeframes and adjust plans and resource requirements accordingly
  • Evidence of ability to handle challenging issues taking a problem solving approach to ensure proactive and effective resolution
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office including Word, and Excel
  • Experience of clinical and/ or professional supervision/mentorship
  • Evidence of ongoing CPD and committed to self-development and willing to share experience with others to influence practice
  • Ability to prioritise own work effectively and be able to direct activities of others including managing and motivating a team and reviewing individual standards
  • Experience of leadership within a changing environment
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of budget management and financial processes
  • Evidence of understanding of the principles of workforce profiles, strategic workforce planning and workforce deployment issues
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Kate McPhedran
Job title
Prinicipal Health Protection Practitioner
Email address
kate.mcphedran@phe.gov.uk
Telephone number
0344 225 3861
Additional information

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Kate McPhedran on 0344 225 3861.