Public Health Practitioner

Sutton Council
Fixed Term
18 months
Full Time
£34,809 - £42,585 (£44,628 unconsolidated maximum)
Per annum
27 days

30/09/2022, 23:55

24th August - 9th September

In Sutton, there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. This includes high levels of resident satisfaction, the quality of our services, our success in addressing our financial challenges to date, the way that we involve and engage with residents on key issues facing the borough, and the enthusiastic and motivated staff that we employ. 

Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, while the Council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment.

All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and set to deliver more improvements for the borough. We've set out our vision for the future of Sutton in our corporate plan - Ambitious for Sutton. This strategic plan will shape the outcomes we achieve, the services we provide, and the impact we have on residents, to make Sutton a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Situated in Zone 5, Sutton is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. There are 10 train stations which serve key neighbourhoods within the borough providing direct connections to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Sutton also has direct rail connections with Epsom, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and West Croydon for the London Overground. There’s also an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M25 and M23.

Are you passionate about improving outcomes for the population and reducing inequalities?

Do you have the vision and skills to help transform public services and realise a shift to prevention?

Reporting to the Head of Public Health and Integration, we have an amazing opportunity for a a Public Health Practitioner on an 18 month contract to play a vital role in supporting the team with developing, delivering and evaluating Public Health Programmes whilst taking the lead on specific health needs analysis and improvement, as required by the Public Health work plan.

Working in collaboration with the Public Health Strategist, the role of Public Health Practitioner will contribute to the borough-wide integration of health and social care - a key aim of the wider Sutton Health and Care Plan, whilst taking responsibility for creating and sustaining good working relationships with a wide range of partner organisations.

This is a great opportunity for the successful candidate to learn and develop your knowledge and skills in different areas of Public Health and Wellbeing, as the scope of work and responsibility will change over time in accordance to our statutory objectives and commitment to improving the lives of the residents in Sutton.

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Our vision encapsulates the community-based approach and commitment to improving the quality of life and well-being for all Sutton residents.

PRIDE - the acronym that illustrates our five core values which reinforce the vision and provide the underlying context to the ways in which we work:

  • Working in PARTNERSHIP with the people that live and work in Sutton
  • Making our services open and accessible so that everyone is listened to and treated with RESPECT
  • Seeking INNOVATIVE approaches in order to provide better, more cost-effective services
  • Promoting DIVERSITY and ensuring that we recognise and celebrate difference within the context of fairness and equality
  • EMPOWERING everyone so that we can all take part and take pride as active citizens and staff

Our Team

The Public Health team is part of the wider Public Health and Wellbeing. We work with partners from across the health and care system supporting the development of evidence-based services and providing analysis to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

 The directorate is responsible for the delivery of: 

  • Children’s Community Health Services: Health Visiting, School Nursing, Child Safeguarding Nurses, Early Intervention (Children’s Centres, Pre-Schools, Play Service)
  • Public Health Commissioned Services e.g. Substance Misuse, Sexual Health, NHS Health Checks Quality Assurance Health Service Commissioning
  • Libraries, Culture & Leisure, Transport for Older People, Meals on Wheels, Sutton College, the Social Inclusion Centre and the Life Centre - Sutton Registration Service - Accountability for Voluntary and Community Services

As part of our service delivery, we produce a range of strategic documents, (including the JSNA, PNA and annual PH report) and provide support and input to teams commissioning public health services including NHS Health Checks and services to promote healthy lifestyles.

To support the team and delivery against our statutory responsibilities, the successful candidate should demonstrate:

  • Educated to Masters Level in Public Health
  • Awareness of Public Health approaches and population health challenges
  • Experience of working in local government
  • Proven experience of project management approaches
  • Ability to analyse complex facts and situations and develop a range of options
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve problems as they arise
  • High standard of report writing skills
  • Respects confidentiality and the dignity of others at all times
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to improve performance and make a difference by focusing on goals

    As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.

    In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.

    Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:

    • Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
    • Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)
    • Comprehensive learning and development programme
    • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
    • Interest free season ticket loans
    • Local Government Pension Scheme
    • Car parking scheme
    • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
    • Zip car scheme
    • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
    • Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
    • Subsidised gym membership

    Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.

    To support our diversity agenda and reduce the risk of bias in our recruitment activities, our short listing process completely anonymises personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc. Our hiring managers review and short list applications based on the information provided as part of your application as to how well you meet the requirements and criteria for the role, as outlined in the job profile.

    The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. As part of our Disability Confident Committed status, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum/essential criteria for the role.

    We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

    The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.