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The role

About Southwark:

Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a Council we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. We are committed to our ‘Fairer Futures for All’ promise which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do.

About Southwark Public Health Division:

Southwark has seen great improvements in overall health over the last 50 years, but we still have many health inequalities to address. Your ingenuity, innovation and expertise will be critical at this exciting but challenging time.

The public health division is at the centre of driving forward an exciting whole systems programme of change in Southwark. We serve a demographically young and ethnically diverse resident population of 314,000. Our aim is to provide better health services, improve health and well-being, and reduce health inequalities across the boroughs.

The Role:

You’ll lead and manage a team responsible for delivery of a range of public health services and local priorities such that the full range of benefits are delivered to residents of the authority. These services include Children and Young People (including 0 – 19 commissioned services) and Health Protection (including screening & immunisations and links with local health protection arrangements). You'll advise on knowledge, standards and practice across the full spectrum of public health. In particular you'll lead the development and implementation of long-term strategies to ensure sustainable public health improvements. Expect to be involved in intelligence gathering, as well as surveillance and assessment of the population's health and wellbeing. Meanwhile, assessments of evidence of the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services will be key. There are also opportunities to pursue academic links and carry out research and development.

Working closely as a member of the senior management team, you'll forge strong relationships across the Council and with SEL ICS, local NHS Trusts, the police, the Department of Health and Social Care, UKHSA, OHID, GLA, and a range of voluntary sector organisations.

About You:

You'll have the expertise and leadership skills to deal with complex public health issues and will advise the Council and partners on service improvement. Flexibility and stamina will be essential to meet multiple, changing demands and tight deadlines. You will also need a high level of intellectual rigour and strong negotiation skills. Tact, diplomacy and an understanding of different cultures, combined with the ability to inspire and motivate others, will enable you to work effectively across organisational boundaries and to influence where you have no official authority.

Along with an analytical approach and a commitment to improving public health, you'll have good communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a multidisciplinary team.

If you would like an informal discussion with Sangeeta Leahy, Director of Public Health, please contact Patricia Rowe:



Additional details

This role attracts additional JNC financial benefits package to the value of £3,503 [per annum (pro-rata, April-March).

Application Process:

If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete the online application form and detail your suitability for the role, by using the Personal Specification to highlight your skills for the shortlisting criteria.

Applications are welcomed from candidates from all professional backgrounds who are within 6 months of registration on the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List or UK Public Health Register.

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Recruitment timetable

Closing date: Thursday 15th December 2022 at 23:59
Online assessment: between 17th – 23rd December 2022
Virtual Interviews: Thursday 5th January 2023

We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.