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Environmental Public Health Scientist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Environmental Public Health
NHS AfC: Band 7
Secondment: 6 months (until the end of March 2023)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
£41,659 - £47,672 per annum
Salary period
06/10/2022 23:59


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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

This post is available at 1.0 WTE until the end of March 2023 as a Secondment.

To complement our existing team, Public Health Wales is seeking to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic Public Health Specialist to the post of Environmental Public Health Scientist within our Health Protection Division. 

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

This new Environmental Public Health Specialist post will join the dynamic Environmental Public Health Team at Public Health Wales. This is a key role to assist delivery, and increase the impact, of environmental public health services in Wales. The Team comprises Consultants in Environmental Public Health, Principal Environmental Public Health Specialist, programme and administrative support.

The post-holder will have, and apply, specialist scientific technical knowledge and skills to:

  • Help deliver the Team’s core programme of work (including the in-hours re-active “Duty Desk” function) to assess and manage risks from environmental public health-related incidents, enquiries and consultations.
  • Assess risks from, and help lead, inform, support and evaluate collaborative action to tackle, air pollution and in Wales (including related decarbonisation work, in line with relevant organisation and policy aims);
  • Lead, inform and support development of environmental public health indicators and tracking/surveillance in Wales, and contribute to the identification, implementation and evaluation of actions identified from this information.

The post holder must be able to think and act innovatively and be able to take the initiative where appropriate.

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.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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. 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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • Degree in an environmental/ public health, science or related relevant subject
  • • Masters qualification or equivalent experience acquired in an environmental public health health or research field
  • • A qualification or demonstrable training/ experience in public health, health protection or epidemiology
Desirable criteria
  • • Postgraduate training in areas such as: air quality, environmental epidemiology, surveillance methods, public health, statistics, data science


Essential criteria
  • • Substantial post-graduate experience of relevant environmental health protection practice and scientific work
  • • Demonstrable experience of working within a public health setting
  • • Experience of working in the field of air quality
  • • Experience of working in the field of environmental health protection
  • • Experience of surveillance and epidemiology
  • • Experience of working with large complex databases
  • • Understanding of current scientific and/or epidemiological advances
  • • Experience of training other staff groups
  • • Experience in epidemiological study/ research methods, including data collection instruments and linking and analysing datasets
  • • Staff line management experience
  • • Budget management experience (including developing funding business cases and grant applications to obtain funding, managing ad hoc project funding/grants and delivering against specified work outcomes)
Desirable criteria
  • • Working in an NHS environment
  • • Experience of developing and monitoring performance indicators
  • • Working in an NHS environment
  • • Specialist knowledge of further analytic and descriptive analyses in epidemiology including mapping, data linkage and time series analysis
  • • Record of peer-reviewed publications and scientific report writing
  • • Knowledge of health-care systems in Wales
  • • Knowledge of staff management


Essential criteria
  • • Advanced knowledge and understanding of environmental health protection issues, especially air quality, decarbonisation and related fields
  • • Sound grasp of epidemiological and statistical methods
  • • Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to document and communicate clearly and succinctly
  • • Excellent computer literacy, including advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications
  • • Ability to project manage, coordinate teams and problem solve
  • • Professional judgments on methods and interpretation
Desirable criteria
  • • Advanced skills in mapping and database software to manage and analyse complex data
  • • Ability to speak Welsh or willingness to learn


Essential criteria
  • • Knowledge of environmental health protection policy and practice
  • • Knowledge of air quality and wider environmental public health issue policy and practice
  • • Knowledge of surveillance/epidemiological principles and their application to environmental public health
  • • Sound understanding of the environmental public health ‘system’ or ‘community’ in Wales
  • • Awareness of policies and procedures relating to environmental public health practice and research
Desirable criteria
  • • Knowledge of Public Health Wales

Personal Attributes (Demonstratable)

Essential criteria
  • • Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
  • • Flexible approach and commitment to apply skills in support of clinical/scientific priorities
  • • Proven track record as a team player
  • • Enthusiastic approach with excellent planning and organisational skills
  • • Negotiation and diplomacy skills to work with a wide range of staff
  • • Ability to work on own initiative
  • • Good time-keeping
  • • Respect confidentiality
  • • Willingness to learn and develop skills
Desirable criteria
  • • Ability to work in challenging or different circumstances

Other (please specify)

Essential criteria
  • • Ability to foster and maintain good working relationships with administrative staff, scientific staff and health professionals at all levels
  • • Commitment to CPD within Public Health competency frameworks
  • • Prepared to travel
Desirable criteria
  • • Evidence of continuing professional Development

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantHappy to Talk Flexible WorkingMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Stop Smoking Wales is the NHS Smoking Cessation Service in WalesImproving working livesAge positiveCorporate Health StandardsDisability confident leaderCore principlesEmployer pledge demonstrating a commitment to change how we think and act about mental healthStep into healthPrentisiaethau Apprenticeships2022 Stonewall Top 100 Employer

Applicant requirements

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Sarah Jones
Job title
Consultant In Environmental Health Protection
Email address
Telephone number
07876 161048

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