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Senior Public Health Strategist

  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: CRS/22/177621
  • Published: Wed 05/01/2022, 11:23 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 20/01/2022, 11:23 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £42,821 to £45,859
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

Senior Public Health Strategist

23-month Fixed Term Contract

Full time 37 hours

Ref: RES0268

RG8b, SCP 39 to 42

£42,821 - £45,859


The role sits within the newly created Berkshire West Public Health Hub which provides Public Health strategic, business, and informatics support to Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, and Wokingham Borough Council, as well as to the local NHS and other partner organisations. The Senior Public Health Strategist will fulfil a key role within the informatics section of the team.

A key requirement of the role is driving the development, and the promotion, of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNAs) of Reading, West Berkshire, and Wokingham Local Authorities. This will involve working closely with each Local Authority Public Health Team to ensure a seamless approach to delivery.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

About the role

The post holder will have an ability to work across organisations, building relationships and working collaboratively across the local authorities, voluntary organisations and the health system. You will be highly organised and motivated with excellent communication skills and be able to support others to develop confidence in the use of data and evidence.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Project management of the Berkshire West Hub deliverables in relation to Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
  • Lead, develop and sustain strategic partnership work that spans organisational and professional boundaries including the council, NHS organisations, and voluntary sector to ensure a JSNA that fulfils all user requirements
  • Facilitate webinars/workshops in order to promote the development of, and use of JSNA
  • Provide specialist public health advice, in relation to programme evaluation methods
  • Managing the planned enhancements to the Reading, Wokingham, and West Berkshire Observatory websites
  • Handle complex and highly sensitive data safely in line with legislation and local policy
  • Support bids for funds for agreed projects as necessary. This may include the drafting of proposals demonstrating the analytical processes to be followed

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place. Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:

Work Together as one team - work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do

Drive Efficiency - show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency. Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential

Be Ambitious - be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way

Make a Difference to Reading - maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed

About you

The following experience is required for this role:

  • Educated to a degree level in a discipline relevant to the responsibilities of Public Health within a Local Authority context, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Advanced generalist public health skills to analyse, complex public health issues, undertake needs assessment, research and critical appraisal to inform evidence-based public health interventions.
  • Leading needs assessment and programme evaluation
  • Writing reports to senior level committees.
  • Working in a political environment.
  • The ability to work in partnership with other organisations.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and methodical approach where appropriate.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Happy working in a hybrid style, working from home and the office


Our offer

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities 
  • Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax

For more information on this position please contact Stephen.johnson@reading.gov.uk
Closing Date: 20th January

Interview Date: to be confirmed

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


  • RES0268
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: CRS/22/177621
  • Published: Wed 05/01/2022, 11:23 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 20/01/2022, 11:23 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £42,821 to £45,859
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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