London Borough of Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest Council is looking to appoint at least one Consultant in Public Health/Public Health Medicine on a permanent basis, who is technically able, and is committed to tackling health inequalities and to leading a successful programme of public health responsibility within Local Government. Applications from candidates who are interested in working on a part-time basis (minimum 0.6 WTE) will also be considered.
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 is the 2019 Borough of Culture. Based in the Town Hall at Forest Road, 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 and Homes Directorate.
The post holder will join the team at an exciting time in the development of the public health function in London Borough of Waltham Forest, contributing towards achieving the priorities set out in Creating Futures, the local authorities’ ambitious programme of work. We are a dynamic team that is well embedded into the Families and Homes directorate of the local authority, with excellent working relationships across the wider council. 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.
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. This is highlighted by our track record in supporting previous strategists in multiple successful applications to the Public Health Training scheme.
The successful candidate(s) will bring energy, drive and innovation to make a difference, working through the challenges to improve outcomes for people in Waltham Forest. A minimum of one WTE post is available, but with potential for more recruitment depending on the quality of candidates applying, and their working time preferences.
The role will involve directing the work of a team of at least three public health strategists or senior strategists, and being a member of the public health Senior Management Team.
Lead areas will be negotiated in a job plan with the successful candidates in line with local priorities. The exact lead areas will be negotiated with the successful candidates, but at the time of appointment at least one role is likely to focus on some or all of the following:
- Healthcare Public Health (including long-term conditions)
- Health Intelligence
- Health Protection
- Sexual Health
- Substance Misuse
- Smoking Cessation
The successful candidates will bring energy, drive and innovation to make a difference, working through the challenges to improve outcomes for people in Waltham Forest.
The post holder will work in co-operation with other colleagues within Public Health, council directorates (especially the integrated commissioning function), the Clinical Commissioning Group, the wider NHS and the voluntary sector, and will need to establish and maintain a wide range of working relationships. The post holder will need to develop a good understanding of the context of services in the borough which impact on health and health inequalities.
We invite applications from individuals who are skilled at managing relationships and negotiating across a wide range of organisations, who understand the challenges faced by local authorities and the Health Service, and who will display strong leadership in contributing to the work of our dynamic public health team.
If you would like to discuss these roles informally with Joe McDonnell, Director of Public Health, please contact Trish Robson (Executive Assistant) on Trish.Robson@walthamforest.gov.uk to schedule a time. You can also contact the current post holder, Jon Cox, on Jonathan.Cox@walthamforest.gov.uk .
Your application should set out how you meet the role and person specification, and include full details of your current professional registration.
Closing date: 29/04/2019
Interview dates: Date TBD (likely early-mid May)