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Co for Population Health Intelligence (Public Health)

  • Location:

    Central Bedfordshire

  • Sector:

    Professional Services

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  • Salary:

    £600 - £700 per day

  • Contact:

    Eszter Katona

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  • Published:

    16 days ago

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Co for Population Health Intelligence (Public Health)- Bedford


This is a highly complex role providing additional specialist reactive resource and strategic leadership in the local response to COVID-19 across Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Milton Keynes Council, working closely with partners. The post holder will be responsible for the effective delivery of specialist public health advice to a wide range of stakeholders.

The role of the Consultant post is to:

* Provide specialist reactive health protection advice and leadership, including management of cases and outbreaks, as part of our COVID-19 response team;
* Provide strategic public health advice and leadership for Health Protection;
* Lead the delivery of local outbreak management plans;
* Provide leadership for broader, related health protection work areas such as immunisation and screening, seeking assurance from key stakeholders and ensuring appropriate plans are in place

The role requires a high level of intellectual rigour, negotiation skills, motivational ability and the flexibility to deal with complex public health issues as they arise. A high level of tact, diplomacy and political awareness is also required; along with the ability to understand organisational cultures, to enable effective working across organisational boundaries and to influence without direct authority.


We are proud of our excellent relationships with partners, including BLMKCCG, Public Health England, NHS England and local providers. Our team is strong, and works effectively within forward-thinking authorities with a can-do culture.

The post holder will develop and maintain a wide range of relationships, including:

* Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council colleagues
* Relevant regional and national leads e.g. within Public Health England, academic centres, NHS England
* Clinical leads within the wider health economy e.g. primary and secondary care consultants/GPs and managers
* Partnership organisations within the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS)
* Community pharmacists
* Voluntary sector organisations
* Healthwatch


It is expected that the post holder will:

* Provide expert public health advice and leadership to Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Councils, as well as BLMKCCG.

* Support and inform an evidence-based approach within ethical frameworks for commissioning and developing high quality, equitable services across primary, secondary and social care; and across sectors including local authorities and voluntary organisations.

* Develop and utilise information and intelligence systems to underpin action across disciplines and organisations.

* Lead the Health Protection Team across the shared service to Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Councils.

* Support the DPH to identify local priorities and influence the planning and commissioning of interventions to address those priorities and reduce health inequalities.

* To seek out opportunities to secure additional funding, where possible, for the delivery of evidenced based interventions that will address local priorities.

* Undertake or commission research and audit according to local needs and translate research findings into public health practice.


The post holder will make a significant strategic contribution to the overall Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council objectives. They will:

* Deputise for the DPH, as required, and hold senior management responsibility within the Public Health Team.
* Have direct line management responsibility for Senior Public Health Officer.
* Take part in on call arrangements for communicable disease control/health protection as appropriate depending on local arrangements.
* Contribute to the formulation of department/programme budgets and financial incentives.


Inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List/UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists - This entails a masters programme plus further postgraduate medical specialist training
If included in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List in a specialty other than public health medicine/dental public health, candidates must have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience of public health medicine practice
Public health specialty registrar applicants who are not yet on the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List in dental public health/UKPHR must provide verifiable signed documentary evidence that they are within 6 months of gaining entry at the date of interview; all other applicants must provide verifiable signed documentary evidence that they have applied for inclusion in the GMC/GDC/UKPHR specialist registers