Director of Public Health

Timetable

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. If you are unable to meet these timeframes, please let us know in your application letter.

Closing Date
Friday 9th October 2020
Longlist Meeting
w/c 15th October 2020
Preliminary Interviews
w/c 26th October 2020
Assessment Centre
w/c 2nd November 2020
Shortlist Meeting
w/c 9th November 2020
Final Panel Interviews
w/c 16th November 2020

SALARY

Basic Pay

The role attracts a basic salary range from £105,684 to £133,383.

Progression through the salary range is by assessment of performance on an annual basis. Basic pay is reviewed annually in line with national negotiations.

Other Benefits

An additional benefit to the value of £3,503 a year will apply to this role. This is taken as cash supplement paid monthly.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

Statutory functions of the Director of Public Health

The Director of Public Health is the system leader for improving the health and wellbeing of residents, including inequalities in health outcomes and protecting local communities from public health hazards (infectious diseases and environmental threats). The Director of Public Health is a statutory chief officer of their authority and the principal adviser on all health matters to elected members and officers, with a leadership role spanning all three domains of public health: health improvement, health protection and healthcare public health. Section 73A(1) of the NHS Act 2006, inserted by section 30 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, gives the Director of Public Health responsibility for:

  • all of their local authority’s duties to take steps to improve public health
  • any of the Secretary of State’s public health protection or health improvement functions that s/he delegates to local authorities, either by arrangement or under regulations – these include services mandated by regulations made under section 6C of the 2006 Act, inserted by section 18 of the 2012 Act
  • exercising their local authority’s functions in planning for, and responding to, emergencies that present a risk to public health
  • their local authority’s role in co-operating with the police, the probation service and the prison service to assess the risks posed by violent or sexual offenders
  • such other public health functions as the Secretary of State specifies in regulations

In order to deliver their responsibilities on behalf of the residents of Southwark the DPH will need to be a visible system leader in the health and wellbeing partnership arrangements. The DPH will be expected to use all the resources at their disposal to ensure that the local public health system is able to tackle the full range of determinants of health affecting communities in Southwark. Working with local communities, he/she should be able to inspire the development of innovative solutions that support the improvements in health and wellbeing and reduction in health inequalities whilst at the same time maintaining the confidence of councillors and government.

1. The Director of Public Health’s role requires the individual to:

  • be a transformational and visionary leader for Public Health within the Borough of Southwark, who drives forward actions for short and long term health gain
  • fully understand and be committed to addressing the relationships and cultures of organisations that impact on the wider determinants of health
  • bring a high level of intellectual rigour and personal credibility to collaborative and commissioning agendas
  • be highly visible in Southwark and ensure in depth knowledge of communities and good working relationships with public sector and local organisations
  • build strong strategic partnerships for health
  • establish positive and appropriate relationships with Members, demonstrating political understanding and sensitivity
  • coordinate high quality advocacy across all three domains of public health: health improvement, health protection and health service quality
  • foster and empower leadership for public health across communities and public services in Southwark
  • lead the public health community through a time of change and financial challenge; striving to maintain performance and minimise any negative effects on the health of the population.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

Responsibilities

2. Key tasks/Responsibilities

  • Leadership and collaborative working for health
    To establish a clear vision for public health in Southwark, empowering, guiding and energising staff and partners, whilst inspiring others to lead and act to deliver health improvement.
  • To take a lead role on behalf of Southwark Council and the Health and Wellbeing Board in developing and driving the delivery of inter-agency and interdisciplinary short and long-term strategic plans to improve health and reduce health inequalities in Southwark.
  • To play a powerful role in forging partnerships with and influencing local communities and agencies to ensure the widest possible participation in the health and wellbeing agenda.
  • To be a highly effective leader of the d specialist public health service across Southwark, leading through a period of considerable change, and ensuring the service is highly effective in driving improvement in health outcomes and makes a strong contribution to the development of the public health profession.
  • To lead the response to, and implementation of the outcome of, Government changes to public health systems and processes using a thorough understanding of the political and organisational implications for local government, the NHS and other appropriate organisations.
  • To work with local authority and NHS professionals and wider workforces to raise awareness of their public health role.
  • To actively contribute to the work of wider local partnership arrangements in Southwark (such as those in relation to the economy, community safety, children and young people and safeguarding).
  • To influence external agencies in public health policy decisions by working with professional, managerial and population groups and other organisations in the statutory, non-statutory and private sectors.
  • To develop responses which meet genuine customer needs, promoting a culture of involvement, listening and responsiveness
  • To establish a culture of continuous improvement, initiating ideas, responding to change opportunities and maintaining momentum
  • To set and achieve or exceed challenging targets at both personal and organisational levels, demanding and delivering excellence
  • Surveillance and assessment of the population’s health and wellbeing
    To ensure communities in Southwark, the Council, the CCG, the Health and Wellbeing Board and wider agencies are informed by high quality information on health and wellbeing outcomes, inequalities and trends in the local population.  Including specifically providing clear information for Cabinet and ward councilors on public health matters
  • To lead the development and delivery of Strategic Needs Assessments across Southwark, on behalf of the Health and Wellbeing Boards, Councils and CCGs.
  • To produce an annual report on the health of the populations of Southwark.
  • To ensure the proper design, development and utilisation of major information and intelligence systems to underpin public health improvement and action for the population across disciplines.
  • To receive, interpret, provide and advise on highly complex epidemiological and statistical, quantitative and qualitative information about the health of the population of Southwark
  • To ensure the use of the best available evidence base to support the assessment of health needs, health inequalities, health impact assessment and the identification of areas for action within the local population.
  • To work with the local authority and local NHS bodies to strengthen cooperative working on intelligence and data analysis across departments
  • To work with Public Health England and the NHS National Commissioning Board to strengthen local, regional and national public health intelligence and information capacity.
  • Assessing the evidence of the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services
    To be the lead advisor on the effectiveness of public health interventions, programmes and services to Southwark Council (including elected members and senior management), the CCG and the Health and Wellbeing Board.
  • To provide expert public health advice and leadership to support and inform evidence based commissioning and prioritisation of services for the population (and in some circumstances for the individual) in order to maximise opportunities for health, reduce inequalities and develop high quality equitable services. Doing so within ethical frameworks and in potentially contentious and hostile environments where barriers to acceptance may exist.
  • To support, service development, evaluation and quality assurance in specific areas; leading and supporting the preparation and adjustment of action plans in line with changing needs.
  • To understand the Local Government and NHS environments and provide public health advice appropriate to these contexts.
  • To compare, analyse and interpret highly complex options for running projects identified as key public health priorities, and communicate this information across organisations and the local community.
  • To be responsible for the identification and implementation of appropriate health outcome measures, care pathways/protocols and guidelines for service delivery across patient pathways for the local population.
  • Policy and strategy development and implementation
    To be the chief source of public health advice to Southwark Council (including elected members and senior management), the CCG and Health and the Wellbeing Board on the identification of local public health priorities, the implementation of action to address these priorities and the setting and monitoring of local targets.
  • To lead on behalf of Southwark Council and the Health and Wellbeing Board on the communication, dissemination, implementation and delivery of national, regional and local policies and health strategies, developing inter-agency and interdisciplinary strategic plans and programmes, with delegated Board and organisational authority to deliver key public health targets.
  • To support Southwark Health and Wellbeing Board in the development of their Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
  • To act in an expert advisory capacity on public health knowledge, standards and practice, across the spectrum of public health
  • To be responsible for the development and implementation of multi-agency long-term public health programmes as required, based on identification of areas of potential health improvement, the diversity of local needs and the reduction of inequalities.
  • To ensure proper linkages between the health agenda and strategies related to the wider determinants including for example, employment, community safety, the environment and sustainability, housing and transport.
  • To lead on the assessment of health inequalities and ensure that all policies take the reduction of inequalities into consideration when planning and implementing policy
  • Health Improvement
    To provide professional leadership to ensure the best possible commissioning of public health programmes that meet the needs of the local population by influencing and supporting Southwark Council and CCG commissioners, championing an evidence based approach and driving forward delivery.
  • To take a senior leadership role in specified areas across the council to tackle health inequalities
  • To promote work with local communities and vulnerable and hard to reach groups, helping them to take action to tackle longstanding and widening health inequality issues, using community development and social marketing approaches as appropriate.
  • To provide expert knowledge to ensure effective community involvement with regard to all the work of the organisation including commissioning and prioritising high cost services and to ensure that policies and strategies are interpreted, developed and implemented at all levels.
  • Health Protection
    To take responsibility for safeguarding the health of the population in relation to communicable disease, infection control and environmental hazards, including delivery of immunisation and screening targets, working closely with PHE and with local environmental health departments.
  • To ensure appropriate and resilient health protection plans, procedures and practices are in place in Southwark and that these are integrated with wider incident and emergency response plans, procedures and practices within the council and local NHS
  • To ensure that effective arrangements exist in Southwark for covering the on call rota for the effective control of communicable disease, environmental hazards to health and emergency planning, as detailed in local health protection agreements.
  • To respond rapidly to significant health protection incidents, ensuring that appropriate processes and control measures are rapidly put into place.
  • To communicate effectively and diplomatically with a wide audience including the media and the public during highly challenging circumstances such as communicable disease outbreaks, chemical incidents, immunisation and screening incidents.
  • To work closely with the frameworks developed by Public Health London and Public Health England, as they develop, and other relevant organisations to ensure high levels of local resilience.
  • Service Improvement
    The extent to which the post holder will provide the following support will be subject to negotiation between the post holder, the Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group.
  • To provide expert advice to support evidence based commissioning, prioritisation of services for the population and protocols based on the evidence in order to maximise opportunities for health.
  • To provide specialised advice on preferred treatment options for individual patients
  • To advise the Council and the CCG on the implementation of national public health standards, guidance and frameworks where appropriate.
  • To review evidence and provide highly specialised advice on preferred treatment options or protocols based on the evidence for individual patients where appropriate.
  • Academic Public Health/Research and Development
    To promote a culture of continuous learning for all, coaching others, appraising performance and releasing potential
  • To undertake and commission literature reviews, evaluative research surveys, audits and other research as required to inform equitable service provision and to reduce health inequalities.
  • To develop links with local Universities and Public Health England to ensure the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Council is based on a sound research and evidence base.
  • To develop public health capacity through contributing to education and training and development within the Southwark specialist public health service, the wider council,  NHS and local voluntary and community sectors.
  • Professional obligations
    participate in the councils’ performance management (appraisal) system and ensure performance management and development of any staff for which s/he is responsible;
  • contribute actively to the training programme for public health trainees and to the training of practitioners and primary care professionals within Southwark
  • pursue a programme of CPD/CME, in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements and undertake revalidation, audit or other measures
  • required to remain on the GMC Specialist Register / UK Public Health Register.
  • To demonstrably operate within appropriate public health professional ethical frameworks
  • To work with other public health colleagues to strengthen public health capacity and delivery across the region and nationally
  • Corporate responsibilities
    To provide leadership within the Council on all public health matters.
  • To deputise for the Chief Executive of the council on public health matters as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the full range of Local Authority management responsibilities.
  • To contribute to the wider Southwark council, CCG and Health and Wellbeing Board team building, and organisational development utilising appropriate management skills and behaviors
  • To influence through leadership local commissioning arrangements as these are developed
  • To be a member of key decision making bodies in the council, including the Health and Wellbeing Board (statutory member) and relevant senior officer bodies.
  • Accountability & Management
    The 2012 Health and Social Care Act moved the Director of Public Health function from NHS Primary Care Trusts to upper tier Local Authorities on 1st April 2013.
  • The postholder will be an employee of the London Borough of Southwark. The postholder be accountable to the Chief Executive of the Council; personal objectives will be agreed the Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure in consultation with the Leader and lead Cabinet Member for the Health and Wellbeing Board. Performance Management (appraisal) will be undertaken by the Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure at least annually.
  • The postholder will be accountable for the leadership and management of the specialist public health service, which includes staff, trainees in public health and honorary consultant contract holders. Including holding all relevant budgets for the service. The postholder will agree a work plan for this service with the Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure in consultation with the Leader and lead Cabinet Member for the Council and the Health and Wellbeing Board.
  • Indemnity
    As the post holder will only be indemnified for duties undertaken on behalf of the London Borough of Southwark the post holder is strongly advised to ensure that he/she has appropriate professional defence organisation cover for duties outside the scope of Southwark and for private activity within Southwark.

CORE COMPETENCY AREAS

3.1 Surveillance and assessment of the population’s health and well-being

  • To design, develop and utilise information and intelligence systems to underpin public health improvement and action across disciplines and organisations.
  • To receive, interpret, provide advice on highly complex epidemiological and statistical information about the health of populations to the Local Authority, the NHS and voluntary organisations.
  • To write and/or contribute to national and local policy setting reports on the health of the population of Southwark.

3.2 Assessing the evidence of effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services

  • To provide expert public health advice and leadership to support and inform an evidence-based approach within ethical frameworks for commissioning and to develop high quality equitable services, across primary, secondary and social care, and across sectors including local authorities, voluntary organisations, etc, in potentially contentious and hostile environments where barriers to acceptance may exist.
  • To be responsible for leading on service development, evaluation and quality assurance governance in specific areas and for preparing and adjusting action plans in line with changing needs and changing geographical boundaries.
  • To be responsible for the identification and implementation of appropriate health outcome measures, care pathways/protocols and guidelines for service delivery across patient pathways for the local population.

3.3 Policy and strategy development and implementation

  • To lead on behalf of Southwark on the communication, dissemination and implementation and delivery of national, regional and local policies, developing inter-agency and interdisciplinary strategic plans and programmes, with delegated Board or organisational authority to deliver key public health targets.
  • To act in an expert advisory capacity on public health knowledge, standards and practice, across the spectrum of public health at Board or equivalent level.
  • To be responsible for the development and implementation of multi-agency long-term public health programmes as required, based on identification of areas of potential health improvement, the diversity of local needs and the reduction of inequalities.

3.4 Leadership and collaborative working for health

  • To take the lead role on behalf of Southwark in developing inter-agency and interdisciplinary short and long-term strategic plans for securing health improvement both in the general population and in vulnerable groups at high risk of poor health and/or reduced life expectancy, in partnership with a range of agencies such as those in the statutory, non-statutory, voluntary and private sectors and by taking lead responsibility with a defined local authority. This requires the ability to work cross-directorate and across other agencies and voluntary organisations.
  • To lead on the integration of health, social services and voluntary organisations to promote effective joint working to ensure delivery of the wider government targets.
  • To influence external agencies in their public health policy decisions by working with complex professional, managerial and population groups and other organisations in the statutory, non-statutory and private sectors.

DEFINED COMPETENCY AREAS

4.1 Health Improvement

  • To be responsible for designated areas of health improvement programmes, public health surveillance, population screening or geographical areas. This may include engagement with primary care professionals and community staff to raise awareness and achieve engagement in their public health role.
  • To take a leadership role in specified areas with local communities and vulnerable and seldom heard groups, helping them to take action to tackle longstanding and widening health inequality issues, using community development approaches as appropriate.
  • To provide expert knowledge to ensure effective community involvement with regard to all the work of the organisation including commissioning and prioritising high cost services and to ensure that policies and strategies are interpreted, developed and implemented at all levels.

4.2 Health Protection

  • To take responsibility for safeguarding the health of the population in relation to communicable disease, infection control and environmental health, including delivery of immunisation targets.
  • To take part in local arrangements and contributing to the on call rota for the effective control of communicable disease, environmental hazards to health and emergency planning, as detailed in local health protection agreements.
  • To communicate effectively and diplomatically with a wide audience including the media and the public to change practice in highly challenging circumstances such as communicable disease outbreaks, chemical incidents, immunisation and screening.

4.3 Service Improvement

  • To provide expert advice to support evidence based commissioning, prioritisation of services for the population (and in some circumstances providing highly specialised advice on preferred treatment options or protocols based on the evidence for individual patients) in order to maximise opportunities for health
  • To be responsible for implementation of NICE/National Service Frameworks or equivalent national standards/guidance and frameworks.
  • To lead the developments of clinical networks, clinical governance and/or audit.

4.4 Public Health Intelligence

  • To analyse and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data and research evidence from a range of sources to make recommendations and inform decision making which has long term impacts.
  • To compare, analyse and interpret highly complex options for running projects identified as key public health priorities, and communicate this information across organisations and the local community.
  • To lead on, plan and design agreed aspects of the assessment of health needs, health inequalities, and health impact assessment, to identify areas for action within the local population based on the best available evidence and to be responsible for short and long term planning and for providing advice on the treatment of groups of populations

4.5 Academic Public Health/ Research and Development

  • To undertake and commission literature reviews, evaluative research surveys, audits and other research as required, informing equitable service and reducing health inequalities. This may involve taking the lead on R&D public health and related activities for Southwark.
  • To develop links with academic centres as appropriate e.g. Kings Health Partners, London South Bank University and/or the Public Health England to ensure the work of the organisation is based on a sound research and evidence base.
  • To develop public health capacity through education and training by raising awareness of the contribution of public health skills and knowledge in the local health community, including the local authority and the voluntary sectors, by contributing to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and by supervising those training and working in public health.

JOB CONTEXT

The post holder will be a member of an innovative and progressive specialist public health service team, providing public health input into respective public health and other programmes, in order to reduce health inequalities and improve health outcomes amongst local people. The transition of public health responsibilities to the council has provided exciting opportunities for this person to transform the way we tackle public health challenges and as an employee of Southwark Council, will work with communities, commissioners and providers statutory and non-statutory, across local government, the NHS, our local Academic Health Science Centre and beyond.

Southwark is a very diverse borough of approximately 290,000 residents’ people reaching from the centre of the city by the river and London Bridge to the leafy more suburban areas of Dulwich.  It encompasses some of the most deprived and ethnically diverse population in the country as well as some of the most affluent. Southwark is the biggest social landlord in the country but at the same time is a leader in some of the largest regeneration projects in the capital leading to a very dynamic and stimulating environment.

The specialist public health service will work as part of Southwark Council to improve the health of local populations.

At borough level there is a Clinical Commissioning Group [CCG} which will receive public health input via an agreed memorandum of understanding (MOU), from the specialist Public Health Service Team.

There are some major key NHS partners in the area with the three Foundation Trusts of Kings College Hospital, Guys and St Thomas Hospital and South London and the Maudsley Mental Health Trust working together as Kings Health partners one of the five Academic Health Sciences Centres in the country.

Current staffing

There are a number of consultant level posts in the Team, of which this is one of the posts. IT, secretarial support and other internal resources are provided.

The base for the public health service team is in central London in Tooley Street SE1 the building is an example of good practice in sustainability and flexibility. The postholder will have a desk within an open plan area allocated to the public health team. This is part of a wider open plan workspace with flexible space and hot desk arrangements. There is modern IT network and there are administrative staff supporting the department. The post holder will also be required to work at other Council/NHS locations.

Training and CPD arrangements
The department is approved for the training of public health trainees. The number of Public Health Specialist trainees/registrars varies at any given time but usually at least 4 SpR/Ts and there are 2 F2 trainees. The department from time to time also provides training for medical students and for other students on training and development programmes.

Management arrangements
The postholder will be accountable to the Chief Executive of Southwark Council and managerially accountable to the Strategic Director, Environment and Leisure in London Borough of Southwark.  Professional appraisal and revalidation requirements will be required.An initial job plan will be agreed with the successful candidate prior to that individual taking up the post.  This job plan will be reviewed as part of the annual job planning process.

The post holder:

  • Will manage a small group of staff including recruitment, appraisals and other line management issues as they may arise.
  • Will manage relevant budgets dependent upon work priorities.
  • May be expected to take part in on call arrangements for health protection with the Southeast London Health Protection Unit.

Professional obligations
The postholder will be expected to:

Participate in the organisation’s staff appraisal scheme and departmental audit, and ensure appraisal and development of any staff for which s/he is responsible

Contribute actively to the training programme for Foundation Year Doctors/SHOs/Specialist Registrars in Public Health Medicine and Public Health Specialist Trainees as appropriate, and to the training of practitioners and primary care professionals within the locality

Pursue a program of CPD/CME, in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements, or other recognized body, and undertake revalidation, audit or other measures required to remain on the GMC/GDC Specialist Register or the UK Public Health Register or other specialist register as appropriate.

Key tasks
The job description will be subject to review in consultation with the postholder and in the light of the needs of the Council and the development of the speciality of public health and any wider developments in the field of public health. A Job plan agreed with the Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure will detail key responsibilities and key tasks relating to this post.  The job plan will be reviewed annually as part of the post holder’s CPD.

Individual Responsibilities
The post holder is expected to:

  • Adhere to London Borough of Southwark Council’s policies and procedures and relevant legislation including the requirements of any professional bodies.
  • To maintain satisfactory personal performances and professional standards and to achieve agreed objectives for their role.
  • Attend mandatory training as identified by the organization.
  • Participate in the organization’s Performance Appraisal Scheme and to contribute to their own development and the development of any staff that 1

Information Governance
Staff must keep up-to-date with the requirements of Information Governance and must follow organisational policies and procedures to ensure that the organisation’ information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively. Staff must appropriately manage all the Information they handle during the course of their employment with Southwark Council, making the information available for sharing in a controlled manner, subject to statutory requirements and the organisation’s Information Governance Policy, and formal Information Sharing arrangements.

Data Protection
The organisation is registered as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998. All the personal information we hold, obtain, record, use and share as an organisation is governed by this Act. As an employee of Southwark Council you have a legal responsibility for all personal information you handle and must not at any time use the personal data in a way incompatible with the guidelines stipulated in this act.  If you are in any doubt regarding what you should or should not do in connection with the Data Protection Act then you must contact your Line Manager.

Records Management
As an employee of the organisation, you have a legal responsibility for all records you work with e.g. patient records, financial records, personal, administrative etc, that you gather or use as part of your work within the organisation.  The records may be held in a variety of formats such as paper, electronic, microfiche, audio and video tapes etc.  You must consult your manager if you have any doubt as to the correct management of the records with which you work.

Health and Safety
All Managers have a general accountability for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of the employees under their direction at work.

  • Each employee is responsible to take reasonable care for his or her own acts or omissions and the effect that these may have upon the safety of themselves or any other person.
  • Every employee must use safety equipment or clothing in a proper manner and for the purpose intended.
  • Any employee who intentionally or recklessly misuses anything supplied in the interests of health and safety will be subject to disciplinary procedures.
  • Every employee must work in accordance with any health and safety procedures, instructions or training that has been given.
  • No employee may undertake any task for which they have not been authorised and for which they are not adequately trained.
  • Every employee is required to bring to the attention of a responsible person any perceived shortcoming in our safety arrangements or any defects in work equipment.
  • All employees are under a duty to familiarise themselves with Southwark Council Health and Safety Policies.

Risk Management
The post holder must ensure that they implement systems and procedures at a local level to fulfil the requirements of the organisation’s Risk Management Strategy including local management and resolution of complaints and concerns, management of SUIs/incidents and near misses. Your specific responsibility for risk management will be clarified to you by your manager at your local induction.

Emergency Planning
In accordance with the organisation’s responsibilities under the civil contingencies Act 2004, to undertake duties as is reasonable directed at locations in the event of and for the duration of a significant internal incident, major incident or flu pandemic.

Equality and Human Rights
Promoting equality, eliminating unfairness and unlawful discrimination, and treating colleagues, partners and the public with dignity and respect, are fundamental to successful performance in this role.  You will be expected to actively promote equality and human rights and challenge racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination through all your activities and support others to do the same.

You will work with others on effective approaches to ensure strategies, policies and activities promote and demonstrate equality and human rights.

You will use Equality Impact Assessment as part of developing and monitoring proposals and projects for their impact on equality and equity

Employees of Southwark Council are required to abide by all equality and human rights legislation and good practice and will receive appropriate training and support to do so.

Corporate Governance
You will be expected to familiarise yourself with the organisation’s governance arrangements, which outlines the Management and Committee Structures and Procedures for the Governance of the organisation’s activities including Standing Orders, Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions.  Staff should conform to the requirements of the Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions or other financial procedures including the Councils Code of Conduct and Accountability and the Fraud and Corruption Policy.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
All employees have a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.  Further guidance can be sought from your line manager.

Infection Control
All employees have a responsibility to comply with the Health Act 2006 and relevant policy and guidance on infection prevention and control, ensuring a sound knowledge of standard infection control precautions.  You must keep up to date in infection control practice relevant to their area of practice and you are required to practice strict hand hygiene at all times when carrying out their duties.

In addition, for Band 8 (A f C) posts and above, to ensure that all staff are aware of their key role in infection control and prevention, to ensure their compliance with the Health Act 2006 (Hygiene Code) and the relevant policies and procedures and be accountable and responsible for the provision of a safe, clean environment. In addition to ensure that staff attends infection control training and keep up to date with developments.

Code of Conduct
The DH code of conduct for managers requires the post holder to live out the code in every aspect of their work.

General

  • The post holder may be required to work at any of the organisation’s sites in line with the service needs.
  • This job description describes responsibilities, as they are currently required.  It is anticipated duties will change over time and the job description will need to be reviewed in the future.

Grade/Conditions of Service
Governed by JNC for Chief Officers of Local Authorities (as amended by Southwark).
Contractual hours – minimum of 36 hours per week.

The post holder may be expected, on a regular basis, to work outside normal office hours, including attendance at evening meetings. This role may involve the postholder on occasions in travel both within the UK and abroad on behalf of the Council.

Basic Pay
The role attracts a basic salary range from £102,855 to £129,813.

Progression through the salary range is by assessment of performance on an annual basis. Basic pay is reviewed annually in line with national negotiations.

Other Benefits
An additional benefit to the value of £3,503 a year will apply to this role. This may be taken as cash supplement paid monthly, or used against other benefits such as season ticket or bicycle purchase, gym membership, health insurance or (subject to eligibility) used to purchase Additional Voluntary Contributions allied to the Local Government Pension scheme.

Political restriction and other considerations

  • This post is politically restricted under the terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Professional Registration
It is the responsibility of the post holder to maintain their professional registration and licence.

Indemnity
As the postholder will only be indemnified for duties undertaken on behalf of the employee the post holder is strongly advised to ensure that he/she has appropriate professional defence organisation cover for duties outside the scope of the employer and for any private activity within Southwark.

Flexibility
The postholder may, with their agreement – which should not reasonably be withheld – be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grading of the post to meet the needs of the service.  The Council is currently working in a climate of great change.  It is therefore expected that all staff will develop flexible working practices both within any relevant local public health networks and at other organisational levels as appropriate, to be able to meet the challenges and opportunities of working in public health. The Public Health team is designed to actively develop a highly flexible working structure and to learn by working across work programmes: The post holder may be required to undertake work across the breath of Public Health functions

Confidentiality
All Council staff and contractors working for the organization have both a common law duty and a statutory duty of confidentiality to protect patient (and indeed any personally identifiable) information and only use it for the purposes for which it was intended.  The post holder has an obligation not to disclose any information of a confidential nature concerning partners, employees, contractors, or the confidential business of the organisation.

Public Interest Disclosure
Should the post holder have cause for genuine concern about an issue (including one that would normally be subject to the above paragraph) and believes that disclosure would be in the public interest, he or she should have a right to speak out and be afforded statutory protection and should follow local procedures for disclosure of information in the public interest.

The employment is subject to a probationary period of twenty six weeks from your start date of employment with Southwark Council, during which time you will be required to demonstrate to the council’s satisfaction your suitability for the position in which you are employed.

See Department of Health, Directors of Public Health in Local Government: Roles, responsibilities and context (https://www.wp.dh.gov.uk/publications/files/2012/10/DsPH-in-local-government-i-roles-and-responsibilities.pdf) and Department of Health, Directors of Public Health in Local Government: Guidance on appointing directors of public health from 1 April 2013 (https://www.wp.dh.gov.uk/publications/files/2012/10/DsPH-in-local-government-ii-guidance-on-appointments.pdf)

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The person specification is a picture of skills, knowledge and experience required to carry out the job.

 

Knowledge, including educational qualifications:

Essential (E) or
Desirable (D)
How assessed (S/ I/ T)
Inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List or UK Public Health Register(UKPHR)

E

S

If included in the GMC/GDC Specialist Register in a specialty other than public health medicine/dental public health, candidates must have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience of public health medicine practice E

S

Applicants must meet minimum CPD requirements (ie be up to date) in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements or other recognised body

E

S

MFPH by examination, by exemption or by assessment

E

S

High level of understanding of epidemiology and statistics, public health practice, health promotion and improvement, health economics and health care evaluation

E

S  & I

Full understanding of and commitment to addressing relationships and cultures of organisations that impact on the wider determinants of health

E

S, I & T

Full understanding of and commitment to delivery of improved health through mainstream activities

E

S, I & T

Understanding of local government  and NHS  cultures, structures and policies

E

S & I

Knowledge of methods of developing clinical quality assurance, quality improvement and evidence based clinical and/or public health practice

E

S & I

Understanding of social and political environment

E

S & I

Understanding of interfaces between health, social care and local authorities

E

S & I

 

Experience:

Substantial experience of public health practice at senior level E

S

Demonstrable High level programme leadership skills E

S, I & T

Excellent staff and corporate management and development skills E

I & T

Experience of working in complex political and social environments E

S

Excellent change management skills E

S, I & T

Budget management skills E

S&I

Training and mentoring skills

D

S&I

Scientific publications, presentation of papers at conferences, seminars etc

D

S

Aptitudes, Skills & Competencies:
Strategic thinker with proven leadership skills

E

S, I &T

Excellent oral and written communication skills (including dealing with the media)

E

S, I &T

Effective interpersonal, motivational and influencing skills

E

S, I &T

Ability to respond appropriately in unplanned and unforeseen circumstances

E

I

Good presentational skills (written and oral)

E

S & T

Sensible negotiator with practical expectation of what can be achieved

E

I

Substantially numerate, with highly developed analytical skills using qualitative and quantitative data

E

S&I

Computer literate

E

S

Ability to design, develop, interpret and implement policies

E

S, I &T

Resource management skills

E

S &I

Transformational and visionary leader able to influence without authority

E

I & T

Understanding of the role of local government in public health and ability to enable council officers to understand their contribution to addressing  public health issues and health inequalities

E

S & I

Commitment to adding public health values to corporate agendas

E

S, I &T

Strong commitment to public health principles and outcomes focussed

E

S & I

Able to prioritise work, and work well against a background of change and uncertainty

E

S & I

Adaptable to situations, able to handle people of all capabilities and attitudes

E

S & I

Leadership and commitment to team-working, and respect and consideration for the skills of others and able to manage people through changing situations

E

S, I &T

Self-motivated, pro-active, and innovative

E

S, I &T

High standards of professional probity

E

S & I

 

Special Conditions of Recruitment:

Comply with and promote the Council’s Equal opportunities policy

Key

D – Desirable
S – Shortlisting criteria
E – Essential
I – Evaluated at interview
T – Subject to test