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Health Improvement Practitioner (Living and Ageing Well)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Information

The Service
The Northumberland County Council Public Health Team is based within the Public Health, Inequalities & Stronger Communities directorate. The Public Health Team is responsible for commissioning and delivering services and influencing parts of the system to improve the health of our residents in Northumberland and reduce health inequalities.

The Role
We are seeking to recruit a Health Improvement Practitioner to assist in delivering against a Living and Ageing Well portfolio of public health work to support local communities.
A key role of the post will include supporting the drug and alcohol portfolio in the development and delivery of prevention work aligned to our public health priorities in collaboration with key partners, supporting primary care providers (including general practice and pharmacy) in the delivery of NHS Health Checks and other health improvement activities across Northumberland and other public health programmes.

Job Location: County Hall, Morpeth
Subject to the needs of the service and capacity, the postholder can expect to:
  • Contribute to, and advise on, the development and implementation of local drug and alcohol prevention work.
  • Support primary care providers (including general practice and pharmacy) in the delivery of health improvement activities across Northumberland, including (but not limited to) NHS Health Checks, Making Every Contact Count, alcohol identification and brief advice, stop smoking, sexual health, and increasing referrals to the drug and alcohol service.
  • Support the delivery of ‘Making Every Contact Count (MECC) with partners and stakeholders in the portfolio area.
  • Support the development and delivery of training in respect other public health priorities across Northumberland.
  • Work closely with partners and workplaces to raise awareness of drug and alcohol prevention and support.
  • Develop and deliver public health campaign resources in respect of drug and alcohol campaigns, and initiatives, sharing Northumberland specific signposting and support.
  • Support local and regional delivery and activity in relation to the portfolio area
  • Ensure methods of monitoring, evaluating and reporting are embedded within this area of work.
  • Ensure alignment to the Northumberland Inequalities Plan.
  • Support wider public health priorities as needed in collaboration with colleagues in the Public Health team
  • You must hold a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification or experience and have the knowledge and understanding of the main health inequalities in Northumberland and the social determinants of health.
We are offering:
  • 22.5 hour per week, part time 0.61 whole time equivalent. Permanent
  • Salary £33,024-36,648 (Band 7)
  • 26 days annual leave plus public/bank holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years of service (pro rata for part-time employees)
  • Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Flexi scheme (if applicable) - up to 2 days flexible leave available per month (pro rata for part-time employees)
  • Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands
  • Commitment to work/life balance offering flexibility through various schemes including job sharing, flexible working, term-time only, and compressed hours
  • A range of salary sacrifice schemes are available
  • Staff networks - run by staff, for staff, providing opportunities for peer networking, mutual support, staff development e.g. Apprenticeship, Armed Forces, ASD, Enable (disability), LGBT+, Menopause, Mental Wellbeing, Racial Equality
Please read the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the post. For further information about this vacancy, please contact Clare Elliott, Public Health Manager, for an informal discussion. Email:
The closing date for applications is Friday 16th February 2024.

Further information
For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see the attached guidance notes.
We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous.
If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format, please see the alternative methods below. This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.
Alternative application format: British Sign Language: For those with speech difficulties or hearing loss: Text relay service dial 018001 01670 623930
Although we advertise on North East Jobs, and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications.

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