Healthy Schools Lead

London (Greater)
£38,757 - £46,962 per annum
03 Mar 2021
14 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full time

The Role

Delivering Healthy Schools Programmes across two London Boroughs.

We are currently recruiting for a Healthy Schools Lead to join our Children’s and Targeted Interventions team to support education settings across Richmond and Wandsworth councils to develop and deliver the Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme. The post is offered on a full-time, two-year, fixed term contract which will be reviewed following progress of the programme.    

The HSL programme is an evidence-based “whole school approach” to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The aim of which is to encourage schools to improve their health-promoting environments, reduce health inequalities, improve educational achievement and supports pupils, staff and the wider community to develop health and wellbeing behaviours. The HSL programme seeks to help schools develop their health and wellbeing policies and procedures and recognise and reward health promoting activities through accreditation. Launched in April 2013 and co-ordinated by the Greater London Authority (GLA), it is one of the Mayor’s Key Programmes helping to deliver the London Health Inequalities Strategy. This is an exciting opportunity where you will be pivotal in bringing Richmond and Wandsworth in-line with other London Boroughs.

You will be responsible for developing and managing the HSL programme across both boroughs.  You will achieve this through developing effective relationships with multi-agency partners in education and community settings, supporting schools and Further Education colleges to conduct audits, deliver training and develop health-related projects.  Working closely with schools, governors, policy leads, health providers and other partners you will drive the programme forward and bring the local HSL programme back to life. The post will sit within the Public Health Team but will involve working closely with the Children’s Services in Wandsworth Council and Achieving for Children (AfC) in Richmond. This is your opportunity to shape the local HSL programme and contribute to the reduction of inequalities in health for our children and young people.

You will provide expertise, advice and regular progress reports to Public Health and other directorates including, Children’s Services, AfC and others including Council Members.

Please see the job profile for a full list of requirements

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Kate Jennings on 07971005900 or email:

Adult Social Care & Public Health Directorate is part of a Shared Staffing Arrangement across the councils which aims to be at the forefront of innovation in local government and the organisation will invest in your development and ensure the opportunities for progression. Initially, the post will be mainly offered on a remote basis, but you will, in time, be required to deliver some aspects of the programme within schools and other settings.

We are looking for a dynamic individual with a ‘can do’ attitude who can work effectively with some autonomy and is able to build effective relationships at pace. Working with our supportive team and partners; you will be a collaborative team player reporting to the Senior Public Health Lead. You will be confident working with a range of internal and external partners to establish and lead the HSL programme in these boroughs. The role will be suited to a person with an education, public health, health promotion or youth service background looking to expand their career in public health.

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need) or annualised hours, and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government Contributory Pension Scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:                 Sunday 14th March

Shortlisting Date:           Monday 15th March

Interview Date:               TBC

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change, we are looking for an immediate start wherever possible.

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 return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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