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Health Improvement
Civil Service: Grade 7
12 Months Fixed Term Contract
37.5 Hours per week
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Public Health England
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
Wellington House
£47,995 to £61,976 per annum (pro rata)
12/12/2019 23:59

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Programme Manager - Public Mental Health

Civil Service: Grade 7

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.

Job Summary

Applications are invited for a Grade 7 role – Programme Manager Mental Health Delivery (Promotion and Prevention) on a fixed term 12-month contract based in the Priorities and Programmes Division within the Health Improvement Directorate at PHE. Please see the job description attached for further details.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a busy and committed national public mental health team who are leading PHE national work programmes on:

  • Prevention and promotion;
  • Suicide Prevention;
  • Improving the lives of those living with and/or recovering from mental health problem.
  • Increasing mental health literacy of the population

The post holder will have excellent strategic thinking and problem solving skills with proven project and programme management skills and ability to manage multiple projects. They also need to be adept at literature searches, field visits to support local implementation of current and emerging policy into practice; analysis; report writing; developing project and programme proposals and implementation resources, stakeholder engagement and presentations.

The post also requires substantial experience facilitating multi-agency strategic partnerships for public health and demonstrated experience of interpreting findings, drawing appropriate conclusions and recommendations from the evidence, and communicating these clearly and concisely.

Applications from candidates looking for a secondment from their current role are welcome, as are job share applicants and applications from people with lived experience of mental health difficulties are particularly welcome.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see job description for competencies.

Interviews will be held in London, Waterloo Wellington House in early January on the 15th or 16th January with a view to the successful applicant joining the team by mid to late February 2020 if possible.

Informal enquires are welcome and should be directed to Gregor Henderson, National Lead, Mental Health and Wellbeing (

Appointment to this post is on PHE terms and conditions of service. Only previous continuous service in the Civil Service is recognised for contractual purposes.

PHE is bringing together its national scientific laboratories and headquarters to create one of the world’s leading centres for public health science in Harlow, Essex, in the heart of the London and Cambridge life sciences corridor. This post will move to PHE Harlow between 2021 and 2024 as part of this major development. For more information please search ‘PHE Harlow collection’.

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

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Applicant requirements

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

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Gregor Henderson, National Lead, Mental Health and Wellbeing (