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Population Health
NHS AfC: Band 9
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board
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No 1 Lakeside
£93,666 - £126,281 pa
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Consultant in Population Health

NHS AfC: Band 9

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be part of the changing shape of NHS commissioning in Cheshire and Merseyside. Our current organisational structure supports effective working both locally and across Cheshire and Merseyside as we develop as an Integrated Care System.

The population of Cheshire and Merseyside is diverse and growing and we are keen to see that diversity recognised within our own workforce. As an employer we seek to open opportunities for our staff to gain new skills, gain knowledge and develop careers in heath and care. 

We welcome students, staff, people of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientation, physical abilities, backgrounds, and philosophies and those who are accepting of others. Our goal is to support all of our workforce in their work, if you believe you can bring your skills and experiences and an open-minded approach into our fast paced and dynamic organisation, we are committed to providing a positive and supportive experience for all of our staff.

Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for two Consultants in Population Health to join the Director of Population Health working for the third largest Integrated Care System in the Country. The Cheshire and Merseyside Health Car Partnership serves 2.7 million people across 9 local places. The Consultants will be working to the Director of Population Health in a new team to improve population health outcomes across Cheshire and Merseyside.

These positions are advertised as NHS Consultant grade or AfC band 9 and are permanent full-time roles.

The postholder(s) will support the Director of Population Health and advise the ICB and strategic partnerships with a focus on prevention and health inequalities. You will use the best data, intelligence, and evidence to inform service delivery, commissioning, contract management and innovative approaches to change & transformation.

You will be a member of the Population Health team, the Strategic Population Health Board, and cover in the absence of the Director of Population Health at a range of governance forums such as the Integrated Care Board, Health and Care Partnership Board. You will be accountable to the Director of Population Health.

The postholder will work across the ICB corporate directorates and into the 9 Places across C&M ICS: and you are the key interface between the ICB and HCP (known locally as the Health Care Partnership) which oversees the work of the Population Health programme.

Main duties of the job

The CPH will lead on a portfolio which embraces the main pillars of the population health programme:

  • All together Fairer – Social Determinants of Health
  • Supporting Healthy Behaviours Programme
  • Health Inequalities (Core20Plus5) programme
  • Strategic Population Health Management and Data into Action programme
  • Any NHSE delegated prevention programmes which may include section 7a services and other NHSE/I public health responsibilities into the ICB in line with national timescales

The post holders will provide leadership for C&M population health programmes and aligned staff. You will work across C&M and co-ordinate portfolio responsibilities with other Consultants in PH and Local Directors. You will ensure effective and proactive working relationships with ‘Place Directors’ and ‘Directors of Public Health’ and wider ICS colleagues.  The postholder will work with ICB corporate directorates to support wider system wide strategic programme delivery.

Working for our organisation

The Cheshire and Merseyside Health Care Partnership is the third largest Integrated Care System (ICS) and serves a population of 2.7M people across the local places that comprise of the Cheshire and Merseyside (C&M) sub-region.  The core purposes of the ICS are to:

  • improve outcomes in population health and healthcare
  • tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access
  • enhance productivity and value for money
  • help the NHS support broader social and economic development.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To take responsibility for the development, implementation, and delivery of policies. To work closely with corporate and place teams to help create and deliver the 5-year ICB strategy; this will include taking the lead in developing detailed inter-agency and interdisciplinary delivery plans and programmes based on needs assessments which may lead to service specifications.
  • To deliver on the delegation of any 7a or other public health responsibilities from NHSE/I to C&M ICB in line with national timelines and to provide leadership for the aligned team and their functions.
  • To support the development of the Integrated Care Partnership (known locally as the HCP), including input into annual work programme and business plan.
  • To act as an advocate for the principles of population health including reducing health inequalities, a whole-system approach to prevention, addressing the wider determinants of health underpinned by an intelligence led approach of population health management
  • To work across the partnership to establish key and effective working relationships by working with complex professional, managerial and population groups and other organisations.
  • To provide senior leadership for Population Health programmes across C&M with a specific focus on the the priorities associated with All Together Fairer (social determinants of health), Healthy Behaviours, Health Inequalities and CORE20PLUS5 programmes.
  • To collaborate with system leads for Population Health Management and Intelligence (e.g., Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action (CIPHA)), working closely with the ICB’s CIO and the Associate Director for Business Intelligence. Advising on insight and intelligence including prioritisation, risk stratification, data recording, collection systems and annual monitoring to track progress and hold system partners to account for improving outcomes
  • To support the development of the NHS, public and private sector businesses as Anchor and Social Value organisations to increase local training, employment, procurement and assets and address health and social care workforce shortages
  • To develop and promote adoption of the Cheshire and Merseyside Fair Employment Charter by NHS and partner organisations to support fair employment policies, payment of the Real Living Wage and enhance workforce health and wellbeing
  • To facilitate the extension the NHS Prevention Pledge to all C&M NHS Trusts and drive upstream, ill-health prevention at scale for all NHS staff, patients, and visitors
  • To provide reports, updates, and briefings to the ICB, Population Health Board, C&M DsPH and other relevant bodies
  • To work with key system stakeholders and across the C&M ICB to ensure prevention programmes priorities are aligned under the C&M Prevention Framework
  • To provide support and assurance to the ICS Assistant CE and C&M DsPH on key transformation priorities, opportunities, risks, and achievements
  • To provide strong leadership to programme resources, defining work, ensuring deadlines are adhered to and programme objectives are clearly articulated and understood
  • To act as an ambassador to the ICB, promoting and developing its reputation, forming robust strategic alliances, ensuring strategic connectivity with external partners, other relevant organisations, government departments and agencies
  • To provide expert public health support and whole system leadership to ensure an evidence-based approach for commissioning and developing high quality equitable services, within and across a range of organisations including voluntary, public, and private sector. This includes the health service component of the mandated core service. This will include expertise in evaluation and development of appropriate KPIs
  • To take responsibility for the training obligations linked to becoming an Educational Supervisor within the ICS. These duties will be agreed jointly with the relevant Head of the School of Public Health

Person specification

Education/ Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Inclusion in the GMC Full and Specialist Register with a licence to practice/GDC Specialist List (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview) or Inclusion in the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Sepcialists (or be eligible for registration within six months of interview)
  • If application is UK trained in Public Health, they must also be a holder of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). If an application is non-UK trained, they will be required to show evidence of equivalent to the UK CCT
  • Masters in Public Health or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • In depth understanding of the health and care system and the relationships with both local and national government


Essential criteria
  • Delivery of successful change management programmes across organisational boundaries
  • Significant experience of managing people/teams


Essential criteria
  • Strategic thinker with proven leadership skills and operational ability

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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 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Prof. Ian Ashworth FFPH
Job title
Director of Population Health
Email address
[email protected]
Additional information

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