Public Health Specialist Pregnancy and Early Years
Swindon Borough Council
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At Swindon Borough Council, we want our town to be the best it can be. Our ambitious vision is supported by realistic transformation programmes, with the people of Swindon at their heart. Because thats who were doing it for the communities and businesses that make our town great. As part of the Council, youll support a friendly local authority making decisions with real impact. Its all for better public services. Better processes. And a better quality of life, for everyone. Join us, and Swindon will be better with you.
The Public Health Team at Swindon Borough Council is seeking to recruit a Public Health Specialist to work on the pregnancy and early years portfolio to support our key priority to give all children in Swindon the best start in life.
Our vision is to create healthy, strong and resilient communities. Our highly successful public health team works to improve and protect the health of Swindon residents, tackle health inequalities and protect those most at risk of poor health.
Main duties of the job
As a Public Health Specialist, you will be responsible for providing expertise to protect and improve the population health and wellbeing of our youngest residents. You will work with a range of partners to develop and deliver sector improvement initiatives, using a range of evidence-based public health skills and expertise to ensure our interventions are effective in reducing health inequalities and to deliver our strategic priorities.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to enable the earliest and most effective opportunities for the prevention of poor health. The Public Health Specialist for pregnancy and early years will work closely with maternity services, Health Visiting, Early Help and early years providers in particular, with an initial focus on the Start for Life agenda. The role also supports the commissioning of services for 0-5 year olds and has strategic oversight of health outcomes for these populations.
Candidates should have:
Experience working in the field of public health to support the 0-5 population.
Experience of establishing networks and facilitating joint working.
Understanding of local government, NHS, public, voluntary and community sector.
An understanding of epidemiology and statistics, public health practice, health promotion, health economics and health care evaluation.
For Swindon to thrive in the future, we need to lay the foundations now. Its why our regeneration and transformation programmes are already underway. So, youll be joining us at an exciting time on our journey. Well look to you to share your knowledge, influence decisions and drive real, positive change. With your contributions, well achieve our vision of a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon by 2030 together. And youll be proud to say it was made better with you.
The Public Health team deliver across the four domains of public health: (1) health intelligence, using data and evidence to inform all we do; (2) Health Protection this about dealing with cases or outbreaks of communicable disease; (3) Health Improvement this about helping people to improve and maintain their health by developing, implementing and evaluating strategies and interventions; (4) Healthcare public health services this is about using evidence to support service development and to ensure the quality of services by assisting in the commissioning ofservices.
The post holder will be responsible for providing practitioner support and expertise to improve population health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. This post will focus a core area of public health delivery and matrix working will be required to support other Public Health programmes where required.
There is also an expectation at the current time that every post will supporttheCovid-19response.
- To lead the delivery of the health and wellbeing strategy by partnership working to ensure strategic outcomes are achieved through a whole system approach to improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities. To work with key partners to develop a sustainable programme of activities to improve health and wellbeing. This will include developing culturally appropriate, evidence-based health promotion programmes in Swindon.
- To develop wider public health capacity by communicating and promoting health improvement messages through presentations, evidence based practice, audits and published research and providing specialised advice and knowledge through the development of and participation in training.
- To contribute to topic related reports to inform council, partner organisations and government bodiese.g. cabinet, department of health, Public Health England, CCGs etc. and contribute specialist topic information to annual public health reports, strategic documents and other reports as required.
- To keep up to date with the evidence base of effective practice, in particular relating area of work and public health competencies. This will be gained through literature searches, critical appraisal of literature, conferences, networking, journal clubs, professional body communications etc.
- The role will lead the coordination of health promotion and health improvement activities and events and support the training of others to undertake the role.
- The post holder will use a range of evidence-based public health skills and expertise to ensure targeted interventions to high priority groups.
- To be a source of advice and support on public health and to contribute towards Health Needs Assessment in this specialist area.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).