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Liverpool is a proud and vibrant city with a strong tradition of innovative public health work. It is a great place to live and work. Prevention of ill-health is at the centre of the city’s plans. The Public Health Team at Liverpool City Council work with partners across the council, NHS, PHE and others to improve health and reduce our stark health inequalities, and through partnership-work, Liverpool has achieved remarkable improvements in population health in recent years, with people in the city living longer than ever before.
Oversight of health protection plans and arrangements across the city is one of the key functions of the Director of Public Health. We are seeking a highly motivated energetic flexible person with strong technical public health skills and with a passion for health protection to join our team.
The post holder will lead the delivery of our health protection strategy, and will lead the governance arrangements to support the Director of Public Health to deliver her oversight, scrutiny and challenge role for health protection in Liverpool.
The scope of work will be across the breadth of health protection, including prevention and control of infectious diseases, preparedness and response to incidents and emergencies which threaten health, including severe weather and environmental hazards. Initial priorities include working with partners to tackle the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, ensuring robust standards of infection control across NHS and social care providers and tackling inequalities in childhood and flu vaccination.
The post holder will lead the commissioning of community infection prevention and control services for the population of Liverpool and will support the commissioning, development, delivery, evaluation and performance management of cost-effective, high quality health protection arrangements, plans, services and programmes for the population of Liverpool, operating within an evidence-based, outcomes-focused environment.
Excellent communication skills are essential as working with partners across organisations will be key to achieving success. Tact and diplomacy are required and an ability to work across organisational boundaries and influence without authority.
The post holder will be expected to be able to cope with multiple and changing demands, and to meet tight deadlines, to apply intellectual rigour, negotiation, and motivation skills, to analyse and make judgements about complex health issues, to advise and make recommendations regarding health protection arrangements.
This is a senior post and it would be an excellent development opportunity for someone who already has significant post MSc-experience of public health or equivalent and, who wants to apply their skills in the health-protection domain of public health, and/or is working towards their registration through the UK Public Health register.
Successful applicants with a clinical background will be professionally accountable under the GMC, GDC or Nursing and Midwifery Code of professional Conduct and must maintain their professional registration. They will be managerially responsible, on a day to day basis, to the Associate Director of Public Health (Health protection).
For further information or an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Emer Coffey, Associate Director of Public Health (health protection) on ( Email address removed ) or telephone ( Phone number removed ) .
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