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Programme Director, Behaviour Change Unit for Health and Well-Being in Wales

Band 9

Main area
Consultant post, open to both medical and non-medical consultants in public health
Band 9
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Base negotiable from a range of available options
Medical consultant scale (£77,779 - £100,978). Agenda for Change Band 9 for non-medical staff (£89,537 - £103,860). Point commensurate with previous experience.
11/12/2019 23:59
Interview date

Welcome to Public Health Wales the national public health agency in Wales. We exist to protect and improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities for people in Wales.

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Are you a public health consultant who is passionate about behavioural change?

If so, we are looking for an exceptional person to build and lead a new Behavioural Change Unit for Public Health Wales, with the aim of embedding behavioural science into public health practice across Wales and, ultimately, help deliver a step change in improving health and wellbeing outcomes across Wales.

This is an exciting time for transforming the health of our population in Wales. With the ground-breaking Well-being of Future Generations Act and a health, well-being and sustainability-enabling policy context, the ability to propel our health in Wales with innovative and progressive behavioural insights and interventions has never been more important.

As Programme Director, you will draw on your deep understanding of contemporary behavioural science and strong track record of using it to solve real-world problems to develop the new Unit. You will work at a strategic level across the wider public health system to influence and support policy makers, public services and the wider public in support of the population health outcomes we are striving to achieve. The Unit will be based within the Health and Well-Being Directorate of Public Health Wales but will support the wider organisation and, over time, our external partners.

In particular we are looking for the Programme Director to:

  • Develop a high performing Behaviour Change Unit for Health and Well-being in Wales to deliver measurable improvements in health
  • Develop key strategic partnerships with established behavioural insight and change units nationally and internationally to develop the Unit’s capability and service offering
  • Develop and implement behaviour change interventions to support policy makers, front line staff and the population, drawing on the best available evidence

This is a unique opportunity to shape a critical new function for Public Health Wales, and develop a nationally recognised centre of excellence for public health and behavioural change.

And, if you don’t already live or work in Wales, our country is a distinctive part of the UK with its own character, culture and way of life – thousands of years in the making, and continually evolving. Living in Wales, being able to balance a rewarding career and an inspiring life outside the workplace really is an achievable goal, whether it’s surfing after work, a weekend festival, relaxing with friends and family or taking in a historic castle. To find out more about living and working in Wales,

Closing date: 11th December 2019

Interview date: 8th January 2020

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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

For more information about this exciting role, please see the attached job description.

And, if you would like an informal chat about the role with the Executive Director of Health and Well-Being, Jyoti Atri, please call 029 20 104285 or e-mail so a suitable time can be arranged.

We are really looking forward to hearing from you!

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