PHE North West health protection service is recruiting to two AfC8C / PHE G6 Principal Health Protection Practitioner posts. These are permanent posts. These are two new senior posts in our team and will be key to the expansion of our Health Protection Practitioner workforce as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic alongside our remit to protect the public's health from infectious diseases and other public health hazards through provision of a 24/7 acute health protection service.
The North West health protection service is a team of Consultants in Health Protection, Health Protection Practitioners, Surveillance Scientists and Emergency Preparedness Managers. PHE North West covers the five counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside and a population of circa 7 million. The North West stretches from the Scottish Borders in the north to the West Midlands in the south and the borders of Wales.
There are 23 upper tier local authorities – 10 in Greater Manchester, 9 in Cheshire and Merseyside and 4 in Cumbria and Lancashire where there are also 25 lower tier authorities. The North West has 5 devolution footprints and 2 metro Mayors in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Regions.
There are three health systems that are directly supported by PHE North West –Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (ICS), Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership (STP), Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS. The Cumbria North, West and East ICS is supported through the North East and Yorkshire Region. PHE North West works with Directors of Public Health to support to take forward and implement the Long Term Plan for their ICS/STP. There is close working with Greater Manchester where the NHS functions and the majority of PHE health care functions are delegated to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.
One of the post holders will report to our Deputy Director of Health Protection and will have overall leadership of the health protection practitioner workforce in our acute response centres (ARCs). The other post holder will report to the Director of Operations and will be responsible for leadership of the health protection practitioner and tier 1 contact tracing professional workforce in our locality Test and Trace hubs who follow up complex cases of COVID-19 and investigate and manage possible cluster or outbreaks of COVID-19. The two post holders will work together to ensure consistency across our geographical remit and resilience between the ARCs and the T&T hubs.
The Principal Health Protection Practitioner (PHPP) has a key leadership role within the multi-disciplinary team and will have day to day operational leadership responsibility to ensure the team work collaboratively and effectively in the management of incidents and outbreaks of infectious and non-infectious environmental hazards. The post holder will work both collaboratively and autonomously, with authority, using advanced knowledge and skills, to help develop and deliver services across professional, functional and geographical boundaries through a networked approach. This involves acting as a catalyst for change in practice and service development, appropriately challenging boundaries to identify innovative solutions that best meet the needs of the service, stakeholders and staff.
The post holder will actively engage in the strategic work of the locality/patch-based health protection team deputising where appropriate and will lead defined areas of work including regional and national workstreams in agreement with the Deputy Director for Health Protection/ Director of Operations.
We are looking for someone with extensive management and leadership experience at a senior level in health protection or a related field, with knowledge in health protection and public health.You will have a proven ability to handle challenging and multi-faceted issues taking a problem-solving approach to ensure proactive and effective resolution. You will comfortable in building trusted stakeholder relationships networks in a politically sensitive and/or changing environment with the ability to use effective influencing and negotiation skills in and beyond your own team.
Currently we are predominantly working remotely. The post holder can be contractually based at any of our North West sites in Liverpool, Manchester or Preston.
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