Public Health Specialist – Healthy Aging

Public Health Specialist – Healthy Aging

We’re looking for a Public Health Specialist to join our Public Health team.

This is a leadership post that will work with the responsible Consultant to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults in Somerset. As a new portfolio area, there will be exciting opportunities to develop a whole system approach to Healthy Ageing with multi-sectoral partners.

The Public Health team has been part of Somerset County Council (SCC) since November 2014. Under the leadership of the Director of Public Health (DPH), the team works across the whole health and well-being system, driving the movement towards prevention of ill-health and promotion of wellbeing. Addressing health inequalities is a well-established priority in the Council and we enjoy strong collaborative working with our partner organisations.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

This post will include but not be limited to:

  • Providing leadership on improving the health of older adults across Somerset

Work with colleagues, partners and older adults to develop and maintain an understanding of the health and wellbeing of older adults and what is needed to enable them to live and age well.

Support the Consultant to lead on the establishment of work programmes that will achieve good public health outcomes for older people, including joint needs assessments, engagement, commissioning, service design and contract management.

  • Matrix working across the Public Health team and wider economy

Work closely with Public Health Specialists that lead on Health Improvement, Health Inequalities and Mental and Emotional Health.

Support the Consultant to coordinate and influence partnership work across Adult Social Care, the Voluntary and Community Sector, and health sector, to co-design solutions for complex public health challenges that older adults face.

Contribute to strategic groups such as Falls Prevention Network, Older Adult forums, and Adult and Health Scrutiny.

  • Line management of Health Promotion Managers

Managing a small team who deliver or contract health and wellbeing programmes for older adults.

A few things about you

Educated to masters level, you will have a proven track record of delivering programmes that have had demonstrable impact on health and well-being outcomes.

You will be experienced in project management with exceptional organisational and coordinating skills. Able to operationalise public health strategies and priorities, you will be confident in partnership working on complex, whole system issues, with experience of building and maintaining relationships across a range of sectors.

You will be confident in using data to determine needs and critically appraising evidence to deliver or commission interventions across a health and care system. Positive, committed, adaptable and organised, you’ll naturally advocate for older adults, inequalities, and the need for change.

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

Additional information

If you think you have the skills and commitment to join our progressive and supportive team, then we want to hear from you. Contact Rachel Handley on 07502396960.

Provisional interview date of the 10th December 2021.

DBS information

This role requires a Basic Disclosure check.

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