Healthy Start Project Co-ordinator
The Public Health team at Waltham Forest Council is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team, focusing on the Waltham Forest Healthy Start Programme (HSP). The project co-ordinator will provide delivery support in co-ordinating and actively promoting the Healthy Start Programme, including Healthy Start Vitamins, to all relevant stakeholders and partners in order to maximise the benefits and take up of the Programme. The project co-ordinator is funded for an initial period of 12 months.
Waltham Forest is a vibrant, diverse home to approximately 260,000 residents in East London, easily accessible from central London by train and underground, and was the 2019 London Borough of Culture and the MJ Local Authority of the Year. The Public Health team has well developed relationships across the organisation and with partners. Led by the Director of Public Health for Waltham Forest, the team is based in the Families Directorate.
The leaders of the borough are firmly committed to public health, and the principles of early intervention and prevention, making this an excellent place to work in collaboration to achieve genuine improvements for residents. Improving Life Chances, with a strong focus on children and young people, has been a key priority locally, and remains so as we look to adjust locally to a world affected by COVID-19.
We are also a team committed to providing a stimulating environment within which to work, running monthly reflective practice sessions, journal clubs and providing opportunities for personal development through training, education, shadowing and on-the-job learning.
The project co-ordinator role will include (but not limited to) the following tasks:
- To deliver project tasks within agreed timescales and budgets which aims to embed the benefits and opportunities arising from Waltham Forest’s Healthy Start Programme within this one year, fixed term project.
- Implement the Public Health HSP Communication and Engagement Plan to raise awareness of and promote the Healthy Start Programme.
- Acting as point of contact for all project queries.
- Supporting partnership with organisations and stakeholders who encounter pregnant women and/or families with children under the age of 4 (with an emphasis upon families on low incomes)
- Promote registration of ‘harder to reach’ groups, particular focus in the more deprived areas.
- Providing face to face/outreach support to parents/carers to assist in their understanding of the Healthy Start Programme and to assist with making application to the national programme
- Work with the Programme Lead to identify and utilise data sources, e.g. DWP data, which helps to promote the targeting of communications.
The post will sit within the Public Health Team but will involve working with other departments in the Families Directorate and external project partners. You will work in co-operation with other colleagues within Public Health as well as other key council directorates to deliver against the Life Chances agenda. Further to this you will work with a range of external stakeholders including children and family centres, the NHS and voluntary sector partners and will need to establish and maintain a wide range of working relationships. You will need to develop a good understanding of the context of services in the borough which impact on health and health inequalities of children, young people and families.
Your application should set out how you meet the role and person specification.
For further information please contact Nazmin Islam, Public Health Officer on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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