Job Type

Full Time


1 day ago


Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager

Public Health England

The closing date is 26 January 2021

Job overview

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice.

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Main duties of the job

Successful candidates not offered a post will be placed on the reserve list which will be held for 12 months. The reserve list will be used to offer future vacancies at this grade (Grade 7) and at one grade lower (SEO). These further posting offers will also be made in strict merit The team will consist of a Consultant in Public Health, two Health and Wellbeing Managers ( one who is in post) and two assistant project managers. The Consultant in Public Health is currently being recruited to through a national recruitment programme and in order to enable this team to hit the ground running and begin to address the challenges across the Midlands we are keen to recruit to the remaining members of the team.

About us

On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the National Institute for Health Protection 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 National Institute for Health Protection.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The impact of COVID-19 has replicated existing health inequalities, and in some cases has increased them. NHS Midlands has confirmed that ensuring recovery and transformation approaches prioritise the addressing of COVID caused inequalities and will be a key deliverable for the Strategic Transformation and Recovery Board.

Alongside this concern about the direct health impact of COVID-19, there is growing recognition of the immediate and longer-term impact on the whole system of inequalities. This includes the impact on the economy and the knock-on effect of this on jobs and future employment chances, on housing, and on food and fuel poverty, and other consequences of insufficient income. In this context there is recognition that this is a significant opportunity to get it right for health inequalities as part of a whole system reset.

In order to focus action on tackling inequalities a dedicated Midlands Health Inequalities Team is in the process of being established. This additional public health system capacity will be key to supporting a step change in how heath inequalities are addressed through whole system collaboration. The team will work across a wide range of stakeholders including national and local government, the NHS, third sector and patients and the public to deliver this transformational programme. You will be supported through a matrixed approach to delivery with colleagues from LKIS, wider PHE colleagues and others

Please review further details of job description and main responsibilities within the attached Job Description document at the bottom of this vacancy

We are keen to receive applications from suitable qualified people who have a passion and enthusiasm for addressing health inequalities. This posts is offered as a secondment opportunity / two year fixed term contract.

The post will initially be home-based, and going forward will have an office base either in Birmingham or Nottingham. The post covers whole of Midlands geographical footprint so some travel will be expected as part of this role.

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Lola Abudu, Deputy Director for Health and Wellbeing Email. Tel. 07900 682 268

Successful candidates not offered a post will be placed on the reserve list which will be held for 12 months. The reserve list will be used to offer future vacancies at this grade (Grade 7) and at one grade lower (SEO). These further posting offers will also be made in strict merit order.

Option 3 External

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

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 PHEs 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.

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in relevant specialist areas


  • Master's in public health or equivalent level of knowledge and experience
  • Completed a recognised project and/or programme management course

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience of working at a senior level in public health or relevant specialist areas
  • Specific knowledge of key specialist areas (see Appendix 2 for additional information if relevant to this post), acquired through study and/or relevant experience or training
  • Experience of influencing a range of commissioners and service providers within and across the health and social care sector
  • Understanding of: NHS and local government cultures, structures and policies
  • Understanding of public health practice including epidemiology, statistics health economics, health care evaluation and health promotion
  • Understanding of health promotion / quality improvement theory methodology and practice in a range of settings and with different populations


  • Experience of negotiating and influencing on difficult and complex issues
  • Proven track record of leading effective change management programmes resulting in positive public health outcomes

Skills & Capabilities


  • Effective verbal, written and presentation communications skills; capable of constructing and delivering clear ideas and concepts concisely and accurately.
  • Ability to make decisions autonomously, when required, on difficult issues, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Experience of researching best practice i.e. finding, reviewing, presenting, interpreting its relevance and processes / practices which could be implemented successfully to achieve system reform, advising on and promoting policy implementation and application of the best practice
  • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to cope with uncertainty, change and in a busy environment
  • Willing to engage with and learn from peers, other professionals and colleagues in the desire to provide or support the most appropriate interventions
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to improve performance and make a difference by focusing on goals

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Public Health England



Nottingham & Birmingham


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