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Civil Service: Grade 6 (G6) or NHS AfC: Band 8c
Full time: 37.5 hours per week may include weekend working
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Public Health England
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Public (Non NHS)
South East
Home based
Grade 6: £61,565 - £75,411 or AfC Band 8C: £63,751-73,664 per annum (pro rata)
01/11/2020 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Principal Health Protection Practitioner

Civil Service: Grade 6 (G6) or NHS AfC: Band 8c

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care providing; strategic leadership, research, advice and support for Government, local authorities and the NHS in protecting and improving the nation’s health

This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

  • For posts on PHE Civil Service terms and conditions, on appointment the salary is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems that have annual pay increments. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining PHE.
  • For clinically ringfenced AfC or Medical/Dental posts, you must obtain the correct professional registration to be appointed. The pay will follow the AfC or Medical & Dental terms & conditions. You may be asked to provide evidence on previous service whilst we are conducting pre-employment checks to determine starting salaries.

Any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Temporary Appointments: If you are external to the Civil Service, you will take up the post on a Fixed Term appointment, if you are an existing Civil Servant, based outside of PHE, you will take up the post as a loan and if you are an existing PHE member of staff, you will take up the post as either a level transfer or a temporary promotion as per PHE’s Pay and Grading policy. If you are an existing Civil Servant, (in PHE or elsewhere) you must have prior agreement from your Line Manager before applying for this post.

Given the nature of the work of PHE, as a Category 1 department, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: PHE website    

On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish the National Institute for Health Protection and consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. Public Health England and many of its employees will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Spring 2021. Any new or current employees working for Public Health England during this time, will receive appropriate communications and consultation prior to any formal transfer taking place.  Employees who compulsorily transfer to successor bodies will remain on their existing contractual terms and conditions and this applies both to current employees and those recruited during the transition.  The recruitment, growth & development of our workforce is vital for the continuing success of PHE and the future National Institute for Health Protection

PHESouth East are recruiting to four AfC8C / PHE G6 Principal Health Protection Practitioner posts. . These senior posts will be key to the expansion of our Health Protection Practitioner workforce as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic alongside our remit to protect the public's health from infectious diseases and other public health hazards through provision of a 24/7 acute health protection service.

It is an exciting time to be part of PHE South East and if you’re successful in applying you will be at the forefront of the National Test and Trace effort. The post-holder will be lead, manage and motivate the multi-disciplinary team contributing to the day to day provision of the COVID-19 track and trace health protection function. They will be required to have Significant experience in a health protection role at a senior management level with specialist knowledge and expertise in Health Protection. And have a strong background in building trusted stakeholder relationships in a politically sensitive and changing environments.

The post holder will work both collaboratively and autonomously, with authority, using advanced knowledge and skills, to help develop and deliver services across professional, functional and geographical boundaries through a networked approach. This involves acting as a catalyst for change in practice and service development, appropriately challenging boundaries to identify innovative solutions that best meet the needs of the service, stakeholders and staff.

We are looking for someone with extensive management and leadership experience at a senior level in health protection , with knowledge in health protection and public health. You will have a proven ability to handle challenging and multi-faceted issues taking a problem-solving approach to ensure proactive and effective resolution. 


PHE is dedicated to supporting the Continuous Professional Development of our staff. This is an opportunity to join an experienced and vibrant team of nurses, doctors and other health protection professionals.  This vacancy falls within the clinical ring fence pool of posts within Public Health England. Therefore suitably qualified clinical applicants will be employed on NHS terms and conditions and will be able to join the NHS Pension Scheme; other applicants who do not meet the clinical criteria will be employed on Civil Service terms and conditions.

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Tracy Rouse
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Additional information

For an informal conversation about the role please email Angela Hardman, Director of Operations

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