Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally and enable locally a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.
The National Infection Service – Research department plays an important role in preparing for and coordinating responses to potential healthcare emergencies, including possible acts of deliberate release.
In addition, the department undertakes both basic and applied research into understanding infectious diseases and manufactures a number of healthcare products, including vaccines and therapeutics.
The Research department at Porton has approximately 150 staff, performing a range of research activities, including high containment level work. The department’s work covers a broad range of projects involving the development and evaluation of interventions into a range of infectious diseases e.g. TB, meningitis, anthrax and plague.
The post holder will design and deliver high containment laboratory training for PHE staff and international partners working within the Novel and Dangerous Pathogens Training Team, and to contribute to the NADP Training programme. Main duties will include:
- Design, create and deliver a range of Biosafety/Microbiology training resources to ensure project targets are met.
- To define training needs and design training programmes to improve safety and performance and document the training delivered.
- Lead the project team or project area to identify, evaluate and adapt new technologies where appropriate and to ensure that the project operates to a high scientific standard using current methods.
- Establish links and collaborations within and outside the PHE as necessary to benefit the project and/or department.
- Supervise and training staff in safe working practices at Containment Level 3.
Option 3 – External
Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).
For further details / informal visits contact:
Name:Jane Shallcross Job title:General Project Manager and Head of the Novel and Dangerous Pathogens Training Team Email
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