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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, Greener, Safer Southwark which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do.

Southwark has a varied mix of cultural communities, where over 120 languages are spoken. We have all the challenges you would find in any inner city area.

Our ambition for Southwark includes stretching health targets. We are serious about our investment in public health, tackling health inequalities and being the best.

The Role:

The Public Health Division is recruiting a substantive permanent Head of Programme to lead our ambitious health improvement and healthy places work.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a successful, established and well-resourced team delivering on some of the most exciting cutting-edge public health interventions in a world-class city. Delivering on your responsibilities will require working in a fast-paced and challenging environment, being held to account for delivery, a strong commitment to tackling health inequalities and a high degree of personal resilience.

We are looking for an individual with excellent public health skills and experience, keen to develop their senior management experience and leadership potential.

You will manage a team of experienced public health policy officers and a budget of over £4M.

Your programme areas will include NHS Health Checks including digitalisation, healthy weight, school meals and a range of commissioned health improvement services. Although you will be responsible for strategies, commissioning and implementation, your focus must be on achieving visible difference and a demonstrable improvement in health outcomes.

About you:

You must possess expert core public health competencies such as needs assessment, using evidence to inform decision making, strong partnership skills and an ability to lead service and systems change. Excellent communication including presentation and high standards of written skills will be essential. Workforce development is key and you will be expected to bring the best out in your team.

Benefits and more information:

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a motivated, driven and supportive education team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving corporate team that is making a real difference to the lives of residents in the borough. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Additional details

Salary range £56,271 - £69,990 per annum. This post also attracts an additional JNC financial benefits package of £2,724 per annum (pro-rata, April - March).

For further information or an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact: Jin Lim, Deputy Director and Public Health Consultant lead for Healthy Places and Health Improvement by email at

Recruitment timetable

Closing date: 5th June 2023 at 23:59
Indicative assessment (online): 8th / 9th June 2023
Stakeholder Panel: 12th June 2023
Indicative interview dates: 13th / 14th June 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.