Director of Public Health

Paul Robinson Chief ExecutivePaul Robinson, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council, who joined the organisation in 2018, said:

“We are looking for an exceptional individual who can provide the leadership to drive improvements in the health and wellbeing of the residents of Worcestershire. Public Health Worcestershire sits within our People Directorate here at Worcestershire County Council and the successful candidate will report to the Chief Executive of WCC. The directorate is structured across three key areas, Keeping People Safe, Empowering People and Population Health.

Our key priority is to improve population health and wellbeing, and to narrow health inequalities. The Public Health directorate lead on this by working with partners and providing system leadership to improve the structural determinants of health, producing robust evidence for decision-making and service improvement, and by focussing on prevention through the life course.

The post holder will be expected to deliver sustainable and transformational improvements across the Council, developing strong and effective partnerships with other public, private and 3rd sector organisations in support of delivery of these strategies and plans, and commission effective services that see the desired outcomes being implemented.

There is no denying that the past two years have been a real challenge in so many ways due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Director of Public Health played a pivotal role throughout the entire Covid pandemic and we firmly placed what we do in the hearts and minds of our local residents.

The successful candidate for this role will discover the County Council provides the ideal environment for self-starters who are eager to rethink what local government can be and ‘do things you want to do rather than things you have to do’.

And for those who wishing to relocate to the area, Worcestershire is a fantastic place to live and work. We have an outstanding natural environment, good schools and great connectivity to rest of the UK and beyond.

If you would like the opportunity to excel in this hugely important and diverse role which is integral to the lives of Worcestershire residents, then I look forward to hearing from you.”

About the role

At Worcestershire County Council, our main goal is to ensure that Worcestershire is a fantastic place in which to live and work. Our philosophy is based around our People Values, which focus on putting our customers at the heart of everything we do, being proactive to achieve excellence, and having the courage to make constructive change.

Join us in this vital role and you’ll provide the leadership to drive improvements in the wellbeing of the residents of Worcestershire, work to reduce inequalities in health outcomes, and protect local communities from threats to their health through infectious diseases, environmental and other public health hazards.

Contributing to the operational leadership and management of the Council to ensure there is coherence in delivering our ambition, you’ll be responsible for the development and implementation of corporate policies, procedures and strategies to support efficiency savings, flexibility, change and continuous improvement. Delivering identified outcomes within available resources and executing plans effectively and efficiently, we’ll also expect you to provide well-judged guidance to elected members, and act as an expert adviser to the Council and Chief Executive.

Your other responsibilities will be many and varied, and include creating a culture of accountability and delivery, challenging the status quo, taking a relentless approach to implementing solutions, and developing strategies that enable Worcestershire to strengthen its position as a great place to live and work.

You’ll be included in the GMC Specialist Register and GDC Specialist List or UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists, and be able to demonstrate a high level of expertise in the Faculty of Public Health Competencies. A highly effect and visible leader, with the personal vision and presence to inspire and empower the Council to improve and achieve its key objectives, we’ll also expect you to be a moderniser with clear customer focus and an understanding of our approach to delivery.

Superb people management and communication skills are vital, as is the ability to strike an effective balance between direction, empowerment and assertiveness. Capable of working effectively in a political environment and building productive relationships with elected members, you’ll have a tactful and diplomatic approach to your work while being able to challenge constructively and deal with conflict.

Resilient and calm under pressure, and able to balance conflicting priorities, we’ll also look for the highest standards of personal integrity, and a genuine commitment to our equalities agenda.

Director of Public Health


  • 35 hours permanent
  • location: hybrid working and Worcester
  • Salary up to £95,210.85 plus 18% responsibility allowance

Flexible Working

We are proud to offer flexible working as standard, so that you can split your time between the office and home.

Equality

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and ensuring that all appointments are made based on the suitability of a candidate to the role only.

We are also inclusive and proud to be a Disability Confident Employer.   

In line with the "Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, we do not automatically reject applicants with a criminal record. Every application will be considered individually, considering the nature and circumstances of the conviction and the type of work applied for. You will not be asked to disclose 'spent' convictions unless the work requires access to children and vulnerable adults.

For Further Information or to Apply

Download: Job Description and Person Specification (PDF)

To apply please send your CV along with a covering statement to recruitment@worcestershire.gov.uk

Application closing date: 11:59pm Tuesday 31 May 2022

Advisory Appointment Committees (AAC) Interview: Monday 13 June 2022