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NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant or NHS AfC: Band 9
Fixed term: 2 years
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (or 10 PAs per week)
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Public Health England
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
Manchester, Liverpool or Preston
£75,914 - £110,683 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
03/02/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Programme Director

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant or NHS AfC: Band 9

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

Job overview

PHE North West is seeking to recruit an experienced public health leader to take the lead in delivering North West wide priority programmes. This is a fixed term position created as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The appointment is initially for two years, with the potential to be made permanent.

Main duties of the job

This is a stimulating and stretching role suitable for an experienced visible and motivating leader who is looking to extend their experience in public health.   We are looking for an excellent collaborator with a strong focus on developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships and a passion for improving population health and reducing health inequalities. Strong, credible communication and engagement skills are vital in balancing a very outward-facing role and internal working within PHE.

Working for our organisation

Currently we are predominantly working remotely. The postholder can be contractually based at any of our North West sites in Liverpool, Manchester or Preston.

Closing date: 03/02/2021

It is expected that the interviews will be held in March 2021.

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

If you are a senior public health leader with experience at Director of Public Health and/or senior public health leadership level and looking for an opportunity to apply your skills and experience to shaping PHE North West then contact David Herne, Deputy Regional Director for more information

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Inclusion in the GMC Full and Specialist Register with a license to practice/GDC Specialist List or Inclusion in the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists
  • If included in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List in a specialty other than public health medicine/dental public health, candidates must have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience of public health practice
  • If an applicant is UK trained in Public Health, they must ALSO be a holder of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or be within six months of award of CCT by date of interview If an applicant is non-UK trained, they will be required to show evidence of equivalence to the UK CCT [see shortlisting notes in job description]
  • Applicants must meet minimum CPD requirements (i.e. be up to date) in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements or other recognised body
  • MFPH by examination, by exemption or by assessment
Desirable criteria
  • Masters in Public Health or equivalent

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to influence senior members including directors and CEOs
  • Able to both lead teams and to able to contribute effectively in teams led by junior colleagues
  • Commitment to work within a political system irrespective of personal political affiliations


Essential criteria
  • Delivery of successful change management programmes across organizational boundaries
  • Experience of using complex information to explain public health issues to a range of audiences
Desirable criteria
  • Media experience demonstrating delivery of effective health behaviour or health promotion messages


Essential criteria
  • Strategic thinker with proven leadership skills and operational nous
  • Able to demonstrate and motivate organisations to contribute to improving the public’s health and wellbeing through mainstream activities and within resources
  • Ability to lead and manage the response successfully in unplanned and unforeseen circumstances
  • Analytical skills able to utilize both qualitative (including health economics) and quantitative information
  • Ability to design, develop, interpret and implement strategies and policies


Essential criteria
  • In depth understanding of the health and care system and the relationships with both local national government X
  • In depth knowledge of methods of developing clinical quality assurance, quality improvement, evaluation and evidence based public health practice
  • Strong and demonstrable understanding of interfaces between health, social care and key partners (dealing with wider determinants of health)
  • Understanding of the public sector duty and the inequality duty and their application to public health practice

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
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

David Herne
Job title
Deputy Regional Director and NHS Regional Director
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