This is an exciting and challenging time to be working in substance misuse within Public Health. Brighton & Hove has been awarded additional funding to support the local delivery of the Government’s new drug strategy - From Harm to Hope: a ten-year drugs plan to cut crime and save lives.
This post plays a key role in the local delivery of the national strategy.
The post is based within the busy and dynamic public health team at Brighton & Hove City Council, but will work in partnership and collaboration with partners across Brighton & Hove, Sussex and the South East including other council departments, NHS commissioners and providers, police and the office of the police and crime commissioner, substance misuse treatment providers, national government agencies, other public sector organisations and local communities. The postholder will support the development and delivery of the local response, coordinating and planning local delivery of a number of programmes, projects and approaches covering enforcement, treatment and recovery, and prevention.
If you enjoy partnership working and are passionate about improving health outcomes for our population in a great city please think about applying for this job
About the role
The postholder will be primarily responsible for
- Leading on the city’s combatting drugs partnership strategy and action plan and the city’s approach to promoting associated population resilience and wellbeing.
- Managing a complex programme of work, working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders.
- Interpret, summarise, and advise on highly complex data, and research evidence to inform decision making.
- Lead the local combatting drugs partnership response on local delivery, performance and outcomes, working closely with the public health and partner agency intelligence teams
- To be accountable for the delivery of projects to agreed timescale
- manage the work programme of staff who the post holder might line-manage or supervise.
- Deliver the reporting requirements of the Combatting Drugs Partnership programme, and contribute to the Public Health Annual Report, the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, and the drugs needs assessment, as required.
- Work closely and in alignment with the Public Health Programme Manager for substance misuse.
Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
If you would like to discuss the role or for any further information, please email
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
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Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).