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Main area
Health Improvement
Civil Service: Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Apprenticeship: 42 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Public Health England
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
York or Newcastle
York or Newcastle
£28,588 - £35,612 per annum (Pro rata)
Salary period
18/05/2021 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Public Health Intelligence Analyst (Apprentice)

Civil Service: Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

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 a new agency (then referred to as the National Institute for Health Protection) to lead on health protection in England and to consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. On 24 March 2021, the Secretary of State announced the new agency would be called the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), and on 29 March 2021 he announced the creation of the Office for Health Promotion (within the Department of Health & Social Care). Public Health England and many of its employees will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Autumn 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 are required to transfer to successor bodies would usually remain on their existing contractual terms and conditions ( with any proposed changes being subject to consultation) 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 and Office for Health Promotion.

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

Recruitment teams may wish to include this in job adverts. We would suggest that CS job adverts also include a link to the CSNRs guidance on


Job overview

As a Public Health Analyst you will be part of a dynamic team responsible for delivering an effective Health Intelligence service supporting public health delivery in a specific area of England.  The role of the Health Intelligence service as a whole is to enable other users in different agencies, both statutory and voluntary, to access and use appropriate public health datasets and analyses to support and empower their own functions; provide analysis which improve our understanding of health and the factors which influence health within the local area; and work in partnership with other organisations to ensure we influence the way information is used in policy and strategy development.

Main duties of the job

Your main duties will include developing, quality assuring, promoting and disseminating public health focused health intelligence outputs, products and reports, in line with the national business plan and/or in response to local requirements. These will: monitor and interpret trends and variations in public health indicators and outcomes; support planning and evaluation of health and wellbeing services; and consider the impact of risk factors on the incidence of poor health.

It is anticipated that this apprenticeship role will start at the beginning of July 2021.

Working for our organisation

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support.

We employ 5,500 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals.​ We have seven Regions; North East & Yorkshire, North West, Midlands, East of England, South West, South East and London.​ 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As part of the Public Health Analyst role you will also complete an integrated BSc (Hons) degree in Data Science in conjunction with a Level 6 Data Scientist apprenticeship.

Data Science is a broad field spanning maths and statistics, software engineering and communications.

Course modules can include Programming Concepts, Database Design, Web Development, Networking, Business Intelligence, Data Presentation and Visualisation, Statistical Methods, Software Engineering.

Apprenticeships will be completed at a chosen host university. Course fees and protected time for study will be included as part of the role. Some travel will be required. PHE reserves the right to reject applications on grounds of ESFA funding regulations.

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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 degree level in non-mathematics/data/ICT subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working at a similar level in specialist area
Desirable criteria
  • Post-graduate degree and / or equivalent or significant experience related to health information

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Significant experience of working with multiple sets of data and information systems in health or related organisations
  • Experience in the use of statistical and analytical methods for interpreting and understanding data sets
  • Experience in the development of systems for the inputting, storing and dissemination of information
  • Experience in the training and development of others in information skills
  • Knowledge of data security and confidentiality issues
  • Ability to analyse very complex issues where material is conflicting and drawn from multiple sources

Skills and Capabilities

Essential criteria
  • Comprehensive knowledge of software skills in spreadsheets, databases and statistical methods including GIS, statistical software (e.g. R, Stata, SAS, SQL)
  • Ability to analyse and resolve highly complex information queries and problems

Equality and Diversity

Essential criteria
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, equality of opportunity and good working relationships
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Dr Caroline Wright
Job title
Analytical Programme Manager
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