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The role

The Public Health Division is recruiting to a substantive permanent Head of Programme to lead our ambitious work on Knowledge & Intelligence.

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 be responsible for leading the Public Health Knowledge & Intelligence function, and manage a team of experienced Health Intelligence Analysts. You will also be responsible for leading the development and production of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment on behalf of the Health & Wellbeing Board, engaging partners across the Council, NHS and Voluntary & Community Sector.

Your programme areas will include data and analytics, improving the monitoring of health outcomes and inequalities, along with service and programme evaluation. Although you will be based within the Public Health Division, you will play a leadership role in the area of data and analytics across the Council and local NHS.



About you:

You must possess expert core public health competencies including epidemiology, needs assessment, evaluation, 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.

About us:

We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population.

At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities.  Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do.

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 team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving development 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

This post attracts an additional financial JNC benefits package of £2,724 per annum (pro-rata, April-March).

For further information or an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact: Chris Williamson, Head of Health & Wellbeing by email at

Guaranteed Interview Scheme:

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

•  Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
•  Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
•  If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition

Recruitment timetable

Closing date: 8 October 2023 at 23:59
Shortlist confirmed: 12 October 2023
Assessment tests (online): 20 October 2023
Stakeholder panel (online): 23 October 2023
Interview dates (in-person): 26 October 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.