Senior Public Health Lead (Health Improvement)

London (Greater)
£48,819 - £62,247
28 May 2021
20 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full time

The Role

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Public Health Lead (Health Improvement) in our effective Adults and Older People and Prevention team in Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. The post holder will lead on improving health outcomes for Richmond and Wandsworth residents while delivering our prevention framework. They will have responsibility for health improvement, including lifestyle services and healthy behaviours. Addressing health inequalities, they will deliver key aspects of the Public Health Outcomes Framework related to their work area through their whole systems working.  Public Health sits within the Adult Social Care and Health directorate, leading Health and Wellbeing across both Councils.

 The post holder will lead their team of public health leads, and will work with, and report to the Consultant in Public Health.

The portfolio includes:


  • Through your leadership, you will create and embed a culture of effective health improvement, leading the development of health improvement strategies and policies, and working with wider council directorates, the integrated care system (ICS), and partners.
  • Lead the delivery of several public health programmes and be responsible for leading the delivery of the  Prevention Framework across all of the council functions (such as Procurement, Contracts  and Planning) and partner agency services (contributing to the local systemwide joint working approach) in order to influence the wider determinants of health.
  • Ensuring that an evidence-based approach underpins the work and delivers the best outcomes.

Service Development

  • Manage delivery of high-quality services in line with strategy and business plans, and systems leadership to secure greater efficiency and more efficient and collaborative service delivery.
  • Contribute to the development and ensure implementation and evaluation of longer-term plans and proposals in line with council strategy.
  • Work with a range of agencies and partners to develop services in line with government policies, and to promote and coordinate initiatives.

Finance/Resource Management

  • Plan, procure and monitor allocation and use of allocated budget/resources/funding effectively
  • People Management
  • Lead, motivate and develop individuals using a coaching approach, to better meet current and future requirements.

Please see the job profile for a full list of requirements

For an informal discussion about the role please contact

Chloe Bannerman- Public Health Programme Support Officer

 07718 130 710 or Dr Nike Arowobusoye Consultant in Public Health - Adults, Social Care and Health Care email:

The 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. The organisation will invest in your development and ensure the opportunities for progression. All will be mainly based working from home for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic, but there may be a requirement to attend meetings at base and staff training on location across the boroughs (in keeping with any government regulations). The post presents an excellent opportunity to work within a diverse local public health team, contributing to health improvement action at a local level working across two different London boroughs. 

The post holder will specifically lead the delivery of the council public health prevention framework which weaves promoting health and the prevention agenda  through the work of the council, as well as its partners. We are looking for a dynamic individual with a ‘can do’ attitude, who can work autonomously, matrix working, and as part of a team.

You will be able to build effective relationships at pace and understand the complexities of working in local authority. This is a growing area of work given the increased importance of addressing obesity and long-term conditions as part of the prevention agenda.

We are looking for individuals who understand behaviour change science, who can work with communities, are skilled at managing relationships and negotiating across a wide range of organisations, who understand the challenges faced when addressing health inequalities and who will provide strong leadership in contributing to the work of our highly performing  public health team.

In return, you will join a supportive and friendly team and two councils Richmond and Wandsworth through the shared staffing arrangement. 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.

This role will suit someone with strong experience in public health, health improvement and wider determinants and managing people in a health or local authority setting.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date: 20th June 2021   

Shortlisting Date: 21st June 2021

Interview Date:  Week Commencing July 5th 2021

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

Useful Information:

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. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams.

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 proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

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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