Consultant in Public Health

  • Job Reference: CRA399430
  • Date Posted: 27 August 2020
  • Recruiter: CRA Group Limited
  • Location: Grays, Essex
  • Salary: £480 to £600 Per Day
  • Bonus/Benefits: Inside IR35
  • Sector: Consulting & Corporate Strategy
  • Job Type: Contract

Job Description

This is a remote post

The post holder will lead on elements of the Thurrock Operating Control Plan for the management and prevention of COVID19 and specific Children’s Public Health programmes.


Job Summary

The post is a senior member of the Public Health Department in Thurrock Council, providing public health leadership, advice and support to Thurrock Council and Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The post holder will be a strong advocate for public health. Precise areas of responsibility for this post  include:


  • Public Health leadership for the Thurrock COVID 19 Local Operating Control Centre (TLOCC) and contact tracing cell.
  • Matrix management.
  • Leadership for specific Children’s Public Health Improvement Programmes, as agreed with line manager and the Assistant Director of Public Health.
  • Oversight of other COVID19 projects as advised.


In addition, it is expected that the post holder:

  • Will have responsibility for development, implementation and delivery of national, regional and local policies, developing inter-agency and interdisciplinary strategic plans and programmes, with delegated  organisational authority to deliver key public health targets
  •  Will provide expert public health advice and leadership to support and inform an evidence-based approach within ethical frameworks for commissioning and developing high quality equitable services, across primary, secondary and social care, and across sectors including local authorities, voluntary organisations, etc.
  •  Will develop and utilise information and intelligence systems to underpin public health action across disciplines and organisations, leading collation and interpretation of relevant data

  •  Will be an authorised signatory for delegated budgets and contribute to the formulation of department/service budgets and financial initiatives


In general the post holder will be expected to be able to cope with multiple and changing demands, and to meet tight deadlines. A high level of intellectual rigour, political awareness, negotiation and motivation skills and flexibility are required.  The post holder will deal with complex public health issues, advise the Health and Wellbeing Board and make recommendations regarding services, patient care and wider determinants of health.  A high level of tact, diplomacy and leadership is required and an ability to understand other cultures, advise, challenge and advocate to enable effective working across organisational boundaries and influencing without direct authority



 Special Knowledge – Essential

  • Inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List/UK Public HealthRegister (UKPHR) for Public Health Specialists
  • If included in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List in a specialty other than public health medicine/dental public health, candidates must have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience of public health medicine practice
  • Public health specialty registrar applicants who are not yet on the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List in dental public health/UKPHR must provide verifiable signed documentary evidence that they are within 6 months of gaining entry at the date of interview;all other applicants must provide verifiable signed documentary evidence that they have applied for inclusion in the GMC/GDC/UKPHR specialist registers [see shortlisting notes below for additional guidance]
  • Applicants must meet minimum CPD requirements (i.e. be up to date) in accordance with Faculty of Public Health requirements or other recognised body


Skills and Abilities – Essential

  • Strategic thinker with proven leadership skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (including dealing with the media)
  • Effective interpersonal, motivational and influencing skills
  • Ability to respond appropriately in unplanned and unforeseen circumstances
  • Good presentational skills (oral and written)
  • Sensible negotiator with practical expectation of what can be achieved
  • Substantially numerate, with highly developed analytical skills using qualitative and quantitative data
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to design, develop, interpret and implement policies
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods (e.g. analyses, media presentations)
  • Resource management skills

Knowledge – Essential

  • High level of understanding of epidemiology and statistics, public health practice, health promotion, health economics and health care evaluation.
  • Understanding of NHS and local government cultures, structures and policies
  • Knowledge of methods of developing clinical quality assurance, quality improvement and evidence based clinical and/or public health practice
  • Understanding of social and political environment
  • Understanding of interfaces between health and social care