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Principal Environmental Public Health Specialist

Band 8a

Main area
Environmental Public Health
Grade
Band 8a
Contract
Secondment: 6 months (Until end of March 2023)
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
028-AC341-0922
Site
Various
Town
Various
Salary
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
06/10/2022 23:59

 

Welcome to Public Health Wales, the National Public Health Institute in Wales

Our vision is Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales

To find out more visit Public Health Wales and read about our Strategic Plan

Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English. To support our all Wales service, we particularly welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

 


 

Job overview

To complement our existing team, Public Health Wales is seeking to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic Public Health Specialist to the post of Principal Environmental Public Health Specialist within our Health Protection Division. This post is available at 1.0 WTE until the end of March 2023 as a Secondment.

The Environmental Public Health Service is delivered jointly between Public Health Wales and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Radiation, Chemicals and the Environment (RCE) directorate office in Cardiff. It is a unique arrangement.

As a whole, the Service aims to protect and improve health in relation to environmental harms and benefits, as well as prevent harms from environmental hazards. It delivers reactive services in line with requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act, responding to a wide range of environmental events whilst working with multi-agency partners to protect the people of Wales. As part of the team, you will provide specialist advice and input on the management of environmental public health issues, leading on the response to incidents as required.

The Service also works proactively to address the environmental determinants of health, including air quality, sustainable transport, contaminated land and water. You will provide evidence based advice and guidance to support policy and practice decision making at national and local levels

Main duties of the job

In collaboration with Public Health Wales, the post holder will provide specialist advice and support on a broad range of environmental public health matters. The post holder will be required to lead, innovate and inform high-level policy that impacts on environmental and public health. The post holder will work with the WG’s Chief Environmental Health Officer (CEHO) and Public Health Wales’ in Consultants in Environmental Health Protection (CsEHP)  to provide expert environmental health advice to a broad range of stakeholders. The main duty of the post holder is to support the CEHO and CsEHP to advise and support the Chief Medical Officer, Directorate of Public Health, Department of Health, Social Services and Children and the other component parts of the WG and the wider public health service in Wales. The role provides strategic leadership in the development of environmental health-related policy in Wales and informs the impact assessment of, and response to existing, new and emerging threats.

The post holder will be based within the Public Health Wales Health Protection Team but work across Public Health Wales  and with other agencies  to drive the development and implementation of environmental health-related policy and action that aims to protect and improve the health of the population of Wales.

 

Working for our organisation

Public Health Wales is the National Public Health Institute in Wales. Our vision is 'Working to achieve a healthier future for Wales' where we play 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.

Our organisation is guided by our Values, 'Working together, with trust and respect, to make a difference'. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values equality, diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications which represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve and from those wishing to work part time or on a job share basis.

To find out more about working for us, the benefits we offer and guidance on the application process, please visit https://phw.nhs.wales/working-for-us/applicant-information-and-guidance/

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Key duties and responsibilities

Provision of independent, impartial advice on a broad range of environmental health matters to Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and others as necessary, including specialist advice pertaining to the following areas:

Environmental hazards (particularly radiation and noise matters)

Public health and the physical and built environment (including housing and housing-related problems, planning and development control, sustainable communities)

Public health impacts of climate change (including extreme events)

Environmental public health surveillance in respect of the above

Environmental public health policy and legislation in respect of the above

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click “Apply now” to view in Trac.

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

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • The post-holder will hold an Honours Degree in Environmental Health or the predecessor equivalent or hold full registration with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
  • Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant environmental public health discipline
Desirable criteria
  • The possession of relevant additional professional qualifications and training in the specific environmental health subject areas referred to
  • Hold full registration with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Experience

Essential criteria
  • The postholder will have significant demonstrable post-qualification work experience of working at a strategic level within Government and/or NHS structures
  • Have comprehensive, recent professional experience as an environmental health practitioner at a strategic level.
  • Experience in taking a strategic lead role for specific areas of work, including: environmental hazards - particularly radiation and noise matters . Public health and the physical and built environment ,including housing and housing-related problems, planning and development control, sustainable communities. Public health impacts of climate change, including extreme events. Environmental public health surveillance in respect of the above. Environmental public health policy and legislation in respect of the above.
  • Experience of providing persuasive advice
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency partnership working
  • Experience of Project Management
Desirable criteria
  • Good understanding of the roles and structures of the different agencies that comprise the environmental public health system in Wales

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy.
  • Effective interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Meeting management skills e.g. chairing meetings, preparing agendas, taking formal minutes
  • Proven project management skills
  • Able to deliver training and education
  • Excellent numerical, analytical, critical reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Substantially numerate
  • Proven Critical Appraisal skills and experience
  • High standard of report writing
  • Proven presentation skills
  • Strategic thinker and planner
  • Ability to negotiate with others
  • Financial management
  • Ability to plan
  • Time management
  • Able to manage occasional incidents, which are difficult, distressing and emotional
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to effectively delegate and manage

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of environmental health principles and their application to surveillance and control
  • An excellent understanding of cross agency working in Wales, particularly regarding policy and practice
  • Knowledge of environmental public health legislation and policy, particularly in the environmental health subject areas referred to earlier
  • Understanding of the relationship between specific services and the broader public health agenda
  • Understanding of health and social and political environments
  • Knowledge of best practice and guidelines
Desirable criteria
  • Specialist knowledge in specific environmental health subject areas referred to

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Self-motivated, pro-active, resourceful and innovative
  • Ability to work with autonomy
  • Be able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Ability to prioritise, plan and manage workload
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to maintain leadership level of responsibility
  • Strong commitment to public health principles
  • Adaptable to situations, can handle people of all capabilities and attitudes
  • Diplomacy and political sensitivity
  • Commitment to team-working and respect and consideration of the skills of others

Interests

Essential criteria
  • Professional interest in keeping up to date with the relevant scientific literature

Other

Essential criteria
  • Prepared to travel
Desirable criteria
  • /
  • Ability to speak Welsh

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Dr Sarah Jones
Job title
Consultant in Environmental Health Protection
Email address
Sarah.Jones27@wales.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07876 161048


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