Senior Public Health Manager

Reference HQ00021536
Service Cambridgeshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initially three months
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Hours per week 37
Rate £19.93 per hour

About the job:

As a Senior Public Health Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council through Opus Cambridgeshire, your key priority is to provide specialist public health input into the system’s strategic plans of the County Council and wider partners, to ensure that health and wellbeing benefits and impact are integrated into the day to day work of others.


Working from home / Alconbury Weald.

  • Develop and recommend an appropriate public health response to land use planning, including appraising the joint Cambridgeshire County Council & Peterborough City Council Minerals and Waste Local Plan, the District/City Council Local Plans.
  • Appraise and prepare a public health response ensuring health, wellbeing and social care requirements are taken into consideration for all major planning applications and Regulation 3 planning applications, at all stages of the planning application process, including negotiating with applicants to achieve public health outcomes for new residents and the wider population.
  • Take a strategic overview on the links between the NHS system and land use planning to improve the local NHS system for responding to housing growth in relation “NHS estates needs “and support the health sector input / response, and support the local health sector to secure development funding (e.g. section 106 / Community Infrastructure Levy) for health and wellbeing provision where appropriate.
  • Liaise with health sector, social care, voluntary sector and wellbeing service partners to develop robust understanding of existing service capacity and needs associated with Strategic New Developments.
  • Support the delivery of the Northstowe Healthy New Town programme.
  • Take responsibility for advising the Public Health Directorate and other internal and external partners on relevant national legislation and guidance on Planning and the environmental determinants of health from the Department of Health, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, and professional bodies to assure planning guidance and legislation relating to health and health outcomes are complied with.
  • Represent the Public Health Directorate on the Housing Board.
  • Provide specialist advice, and be an advocate for programmes and approaches aimed at reducing health inequalities, supporting economic growth and promoting and protecting the population’s health and wellbeing.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge, public health tools, Policies or directives on how to improve the health outcomes.
  • Review evidence and best practice to influence behaviour change through public policy; in particular, identifying the added value that can be brought by a Health in All Polices approach to addressing wider social and economic determinants of health.
  • Lead the liaison with the air quality officers in the district/city councils to provide public health input into the local authorities on air quality.
  • Reviewing and providing constructive feedback to the district/city councils on their Air Quality Annual Status Reports on behalf of the Director of Public Health.
  • Represent the public health directorate at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Pollution Prevention Group.
  • Support the Team Manager Health in All Policies in the production and updating the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments and supplementary statements for Cambridgeshire and for Peterborough.
  • Appraise and prepare a public health response on behalf of the Health and Wellbeing Boards, to NHS England Notifications of applications for: new pharmacies, pharmacy closures, relocations and consolidations.
  • Take responsibility for reviewing and improving the public health skills within other Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council departments, in particular Place and Economy, and the District/City Councils, amongst staff involved in land use planning, housing and other relevant areas, taking a strategic approach to developing skills, agreed with all key stakeholders, which will enable closer working between partners.
  • Take an active part of relevant aspects of the delivery of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and other relevant strategies/policies.
  • Appraise and prepare a public health response to the Environment Agency for applications for environmental permits as a statutory consultee using local knowledge, potentially in conjunction with the Public Health England (PHE), response, and if needed following a discussion with the relevant District/City Council in which the permitted process is to be located, identifying any existing local health issues that may be associated with the regulated facility or its location discussing with the local community any concerns they may have on any potential health risks associated with a regulated facility.
  • Assess and develop the public health input to county-wide transport initiatives including: The Combined Authority Local Transport Plan, active travel, accessibility and road safety.
  • Represent the Public Health directorate on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Tactical Group.
  • Work with the Senior Public Health Manager Health in All Policies (Environment) to assess and propose active travel measures to encourage active travel on strategic growth sites.
  • Recommend public health interventions relating to transport to the Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge Partnership and GCP Programmes.
  • Facilitate effective linkages between the public health agenda and strategies related to the wider determinants of health.
  • Work closely with commissioners across the council and wider organisations to ensure that the wider determinants of health that influence behaviour change and health choices are factored into the commissioning of services.
  • Write briefings as requested by the Team Manager Health in All Policies for members, senior officers and other external partners.
  • Develop strong partnerships with local, regional and national stakeholders to enable effective input into the design and development of prevention and early intervention strategies.
  • Lead the development of a strategic and on-going programme of staff training/development in the environmental determinants of health, including air quality, land use planning and other wider determinants of health. This includes commissioning of training from other organisations, and direct provision of training to staff.
  • To demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.

The successful candidate will ideally have a high level of knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of Public Health or a related field. Together with the ability to provide system leadership and influence, as well as managing key projects, working with multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.

  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays) where applicable
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered from commencement
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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CCC are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire/Peterborough and want our workforce to reflect this diversity, which we believe is beneficial for our employees, the organisation and the communities we serve.

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