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Public Health Consultant

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Job Information

Are you passionate about improving people’s health and wellbeing?

Do you want to live and / or work in one of England’s most beautiful counties?

Then we have the job for you! We are looking for a full-time Consultant in Public Health to join our friendly forward-thinking team.


The job:

If you have got what it takes to work with and for the people of Northumberland to enable equity in opportunity for them to live long, healthy and happy lives, then come work with us.

Working with our knowledgeable and experienced Public Health team, we have an exciting opportunity to lead on children and young people's public health, all age public mental health and suicide prevention, and health protection.

The postholder is also expected to play a central role in our strengths-based approach to tackling inequalities and wider corporate responsibilities. In Northumberland tackling inequalities is one of the three corporate priorities and we have established a 20 year generational change mission. Working to a strengths-based model of asset based community development (ABCD) we are also working with the Institute of Health Equity to ensure the Marmot eight policy objectives frame our partnership and system work.

We have excellent relationships with partners across Northumberland including with the ICB, acute trust, mental health trust, police, fire, VCSE and private sector. All of these partners are aligned to a strengths-based approach to tackling inequalities and are committed to the twenty year generational change mission.

Within Northumberland County Council the Public Health team is highly regarded, and this post will work closely with the children's social care and education colleagues. Our 0 - 19 offer is fully embedded into our Family Hubs and joint planning and delivery is everyday practice.

You will report directly to the Executive Director of Public Health, Inequalities and Stronger Communities who has responsibility for: Public Health, Strategic Community Safety, Leisure, Libraries, Archives, Customer Experience, Resilient Communities, Coroner and Registrars Office. The Executive Director for Public Health reports directly to the Chief Executive and is one of five Executive Directors in Northumberland County Council. You will be working alongside two other Consultants.


The place:

Northumberland is world-renowned as a visitor destination and an ideal location to strike a perfect work/life balance. The diversity of the County means in many ways we are a small country – rural, coastal, urban. We are commutable with good road and rail links to County Hall, Morpeth

Northumberland County Council’s vision is 'To make Northumberland a county which you regard as a great place to live, in which you can access the activities you enjoy, whilst having the opportunity to learn and thrive'.

We believe in putting our residents first and making sure they have the best living experience possible. That’s why we work hard to provide excellence and quality in everything we do. Ensuring everything we do is considered through an inequalities lens is part of our Corporate Plan.


The perks of working for us:

When you join Northumberland County Council, you become part of our family and an environment where all our employees can grow and thrive.

We recognise that our employees are our most valuable asset. That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that prioritises well-being and professional growth. This package includes a competitive salary, flexible working arrangements, support for mental and physical health, and generous family-friendly leave options, all of which are available to every employee.

We very much support hybrid working and have many employees work for us who live around the country and come into the office for two to three days a week (Depending on face-to-face diary expectations)


What we are looking for:

A consultant with excellent leadership and technical skills who can develop and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders across the public and VCSE sectors, including children and young people services, UK Health Security Agency, and with communities.

The successful applicant should be committed to using community centred approaches to improve health and wellbeing.

The post-holder must be on the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists or GMC or GDC Specialist Register, or within six months of obtaining CCT at the time of interview.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our local communities so that we can all work for a brighter future - together.


The challenge:

As England’s most sparsely populated and northern county, we have specific public health challenges – rurality, a disproportionately ageing population and the difficulties consistent with the legacy of former coalfield areas to name just a few.


Interested? For an informal discussion please email sandra.blackwood@northumberland.gov.uk who will arrange a time for a phone call with Gill O’Neill. Executive Director of Public Health.


Times of work: 9 am – 5 pm (some evening work)

Weekly working hours: 37 hours

Closing Date: 23rd June 2024

Interview Date: 18th and 19th July

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