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12 months (Fixed Term to 31 March 2022)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Public Health England
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
Wellington House
£40,074 - £45,998 per annum
Salary period
22/04/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Knowledge Transfer Specialist


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.
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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 UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) 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 UK Health Security Agency UKHSA.

To be eligible for employment in the UK Civil Service applicants must meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules (CSNRs) which operate independently and additionally to the Immigration Rules. Applicants must also meet necessary security and vetting requirements, along with any other relevant pre-employment checks.

As from 1 January 2021 broadly the following groups may be eligible to work in non-reserved posts within the Civil Service:

  •        UK nationals
  •        Nationals of Commonwealth countries
  •        Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  •        EEA nationals with (or eligible for) status under the EUSS
  •        Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  •        Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  •        Certain family members of the relevant EU & Turkish nationals

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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to join LKIS London to contribute to our work programme to provide health intelligence to meet the needs of local and national stakeholders, such as attending local and national meeting with key stakeholders, supporting and participating in networks and communicating/presenting analyses to a range of audiences.

Please note,  if we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months; temporary vacancies could also be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

Main duties of the job

This role involves the collation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of public health information. You will be required to have good working knowledge of the practical application of public health analytical methods, be highly numerate and have good communication skills.

Working for our organisation

You will be part of a team within the Health Improvement Directorate in Public Health England.  The Health Improvement Directorate aims to deliver an internationally recognised, high performing health intelligence service encompassing research, statistics and know-how. The main aim is to ensure that decisions we make about our health, and the health of the population, are based on the best information available and will deliver the best outcomes.

The Health Improvement Directorate is a source of health intelligence to Public Health England, partners and the local public health system.  You will be working within the Health Intelligence Division of the

Health improvement Directorate as a member of one of the eight Health Intelligence Teams.  The division leads on sharing high quality intelligence, knowledge, evidence and expertise to support the needs of stakeholders.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please review further details of job description and main responsibilities within the attached Job Description document.

Option 3 – External

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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to first degree level or equivalent relevant experience, preferably in a numerate discipline such as statistics, mathematics, sciences, social sciences, economics, geography or similar.
  • Post-graduate degree or equivalent experience in public health or related field including public health, statistics, knowledge transfer, health economics or data science.


Essential criteria
  • Experience in the use of statistical and epidemiological methods for analysing data sets
  • Experience of working with multiple sets of relevant data and information systems in health-related organisations
  • Ability to analyse and respond to highly complex enquiries for health information from those at senior level e.g. for Parliamentary Questions, NHS national or regional level government
  • Experience of writing reports
  • Experience of presenting and interpreting complex public health analysis and findings
  • Knowledge of data security and confidentiality issues
  • Line management experience and/or knowledge of the principles of good line management


Essential criteria
  • Good oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to create and deliver oral presentations, drawing on complex health intelligence, to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders
  • Comprehensive skills in the use of at least some of the following: spreadsheets, databases, GIS, statistical software (e.g. R, Stata, SAS, SPSS)
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and present quantitative data
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Accuracy and attention to detail in own work
  • Ability to work to instruction and independently, and to use initiative
  • Demonstrated capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions in the absence of required information, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to travel to other PHE offices as required
  • Ability to manage a project team without direct line management responsibility of project team members (matrix working)
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • High degree of literacy and numeracy
  • An interest and enthusiasm for public health issues and information
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of gathering and listening to stakeholder needs and feedback for use in steering the development of health intelligence products,
  • Experience of preparing and producing concise yet insightful communications, drawing on complex health intelligence, for dissemination to senior stakeholders and a broad range of stakeholders as required
  • Experience of successfully operating in a politically sensitive environment
  • Experience in the training and development of others in information skills
  • Facilitation and networking skills to allow continuing and developing relationships with PHE partners

Data Science Skills

Desirable criteria
  • Skills in DBA (including ability to advise on database structures, administering access, incident management etc.)
  • Skills in programming for example – data extraction, manipulation, analysis and presentation using functional or procedural approaches in a language such as C#, F#, Python or Java.
  • Knowledge of big data technologies such as NoSQL systems, Hadoop or equivalent
  • Ability to program in SQL server

Health Intelligence Skills

Desirable criteria
  • Expertise in the use and application of complex statistical and epidemiological methods
  • Understanding of the development, use and interpretation of health indicators in public health and the NHS
  • Knowledge of surveillance systems and experience of the surveillance of disease

Health Economics Skills

Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of the principles of what makes up robust return on investment analysis and evidence-based decision-making
  • Grounding in health economics theory

Equality and Diversity

Essential criteria
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships, both in terms of day-to-day working practices, but also in relation to management systems


Essential criteria
  • High degree of literacy and numeracy
  • An interest and enthusiasm for public health issues and information
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Sylvia Godden
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Principle Knowledge Transfer Facilitator
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