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Public Health Graduate Trainee

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for high calibre graduates to start a career in public health. The Public Health Department of Thurrock Council is seeking to appoint three Graduate Trainees in Public Health to join our busy and expanding team.

Over a 2 – 3 year period Graduate Trainees will be given a chance to gain experience and skills in three core areas of public health:

  • Health improvement and commissioning
  • Place, environment and communities
  • Healthcare public health and health intelligence

Graduate Trainees will work on a wide variety of topics including supporting the design and commissioning of evidence-based services to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Thurrock; for example, drug and alcohol treatment, sexual health, smoking cessation and weight management services. They will also be involved in helping to embed public health principles into the work of other parts of the Council and support the NHS through analysis of data and review of evidence.

Graduate trainees will be supported to develop core public health skills including: evidence review, needs assessment, data analysis and epidemiology. Thurrock Council has funds available for Continuing Professional Development and Graduate Trainees will be encouraged and supported to apply for funding to pursue post-graduate study in public health. Graduate Trainees may also work towards Public Health Practitioner registration with the UK Public Health Register.

Recruitment will include a half-day assessment centre. Candidates who are successful at assessment centre will be invited for interview.

Successful applicants will have:

  • A good undergraduate degree, with an ability and willingness to learn quickly;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as a an ability to analyse and interpret data;
  • An interest in and commitment to developing a career in public health

A Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) at standard level will be required.

Our vision – Thurrock: a place of opportunity, enterprise and excellence where individuals, communities and businesses flourish.

Thurrock is an exciting place to live and work. We are an emerging cultural and arts centre, home to the production centre for the Royal Opera House and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills. We have retail and leisure that is among the best, with the magnificent intu Lakeside, and breath-taking countryside all around. We are an area of massive growth, which is creating jobs and new industry, but with great transport links that can get you into London and other parts of the UK quickly and easily.

Thurrock Council is committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Disabled people will be offered an interview where they meet all essential criteria on the person specification. Job share applications are also welcome. Most departments operate a system of flexible working hours.

We serve a diverse community where people are different yet equal. Diversity underpins everything we do.

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