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National Director of Public Health Knowledge and Research

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Executive Appointment
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Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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2 Capital Quarter
10/03/2021 23:59

Public Health Wales is the National Public Health Institute in Wales and our purpose is Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales.

It is a challenging and exciting time for public health in Wales with an innovative and progressive policy and legislative context that firmly places health, well-being and sustainability at the forefront of public services together with the challenges of the pivotal role we play in the response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Public Health Wales is an ambitious and innovative organisation, working to achieve a healthier future for Wales. Its team of 2097 talented people plays a pivotal role in driving improvements in population health and well-being, reducing health inequalities, improving healthcare outcomes, protecting the public and supporting the development of health in all policies across Wales through its World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. 

Public Health Wales is now seeking exceptional and inspirational candidates for the new national leadership role of National Director of Public Health Knowledge and Research, which has been created as part of its Strategy Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales, 2018-2030. Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director will lead the further development of a vibrant research agenda and the use of cross-sector population health data (from structured and unstructured sources) to derive knowledge, discovery and insight, resulting in informed action to transform health and well-being in Wales. You will provide leadership to the organisation’s transformation to being data and science-led, embracing new web and digital technologies and being at the forefront of population health research and evaluation. They will establish strong relationships with diverse sectors industries, both in Wales and internationally.

You will bring experience as a senior strategic leader in a relevant field, including data science, research and evaluation, at or near Board level. You will have a strong track record from a variety of backgrounds which may include academic research, policy development, data science and/or international health experience. You will be a proven strategic thinker, and a first-class people leader, communicator and relationship builder. This is an exciting and exceptional opportunity.

In joining us, we offer the opportunity to play a significant part in a national role working as part of an organisation with outstandingly talented and committed people. If you are motivated to join us at this critical time in our country’s history, we would very much look forward to hearing from you. This could be the career change you’ve been waiting for.

More information upon the role and Public Health Wales is contained within the attached candidate pack. Interested individuals are strongly advised to contact Thomas Patterson, Director on 07970 339 151 for a confidential discussion. 

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Welsh language skills are desirable

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Further details / informal visits contact

Thomas Patterson

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