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The role

About Southwark Public Health Division:

Southwark has seen great improvements in overall health over the last 15 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 borough.

The Role:

Reporting to the Director of Public Health, you will  manage   a   small   staff   team   (including   trainees)  and make  the best  use  of  public  health department resources as well as influence the resources in the Council as a whole

You will have strategic responsibility for:

- children and young people (0 – 19 public health services: health visiting, child death and school nursing; key public health link with education and CYP social care)

- health protection (public health lead for screening and immunisation and link with local health protection arrangements) and health care public health (public health lead for working with CCG / NHS and adult social care)

- any other priority portfolio areas as required, including providing consultant level support and input to the Covid19 pandemic response.

About you:

You have an in depth understanding of the UK health and care system and the relationships with both local and national government.  You can manage  multiple  and changing demands and tight deadlines with a track record of delivering successful change management programmes. You will have a high level of political awareness as well as top negotiation and motivation skills.  As this role involves making recommendations regarding services, residents’ care and wider determinants of health,  a high level of tact, diplomacy and leadership is also required.

Applications are welcomed from consultants from all professional backgrounds who are public health trained.

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.   The Personal Specification can be found at the bottom of this page under attachments.

For an informal discussion with Sangeeta Leahy – Director of Public Health  about these roles please contact Nina Scott in the first instance.


Additional details


Please note: This role will require an Enhanced DBS.

This post attracts an additional financial JNC benefits package of £3,503 per annum (pro-rata April to March and reviewed annually).


(COVID-19) - information for job applicants: Southwark Council are following the most recent Government guidelines surrounding Corona virus.

During this period, we still look forward to receiving your application and if successful, we will be conducting interviews remotely via video link.  Details will be confirmed via email, if successful.




Recruitment timetable


Closing date:  Monday 12 April 2021

Interview & Assessment date:  Wednesday 21 April 2021