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Health Improvement Practitioner

Northumberland County Council
Closing date
22 May 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Social Care
Job role
Officer, Operative
Contract Type
Full time
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The Council 

Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across the largest county in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.  For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: 

The Service 

The Integrated Wellbeing Service is part of the Northumberland Public Health Team based within the Adult Social Care, Children’s Service and Public Health and Communities directorate.  The Integrated Wellbeing Service comprises 36 members of staff working within Health Improvement, Specialist Stop Smoking and Health Trainer teams who are responsible for delivering services and influencing parts of the system to improve the health of our residents in Northumberland. 

We are seeking to recruit a Health Improvement Practitioner to assist in delivering against a targeted portfolio of public health work to support the health improvement offer to local communities. 

A key role of the post will be to enable the further reach of health improvement services within local communities with a focus around public health priorities. 

The post will;  

Contribute to, and advises on, the development and implementation of local community health improvement programmes.   

Facilitate team working and collaboration by working within a bridging role to further develop links between the Integrated Wellbeing Services (Starting Well, Ageing Well, Health Trainers and Specialist Stop Smoking Service) with communities and 3rd sector organisations.  

Plan, develop, co-ordinate and evaluate health and wellbeing initiatives using evidence-based approaches of community engagement. 

Work closely with key members of the team to ensure established clear goals around effective engagement of the Integrated Wellbeing Services with a plan to provide sufficient resources within communities. 

Establish a community health champions network who aim to reach marginalised or vulnerable groups and help them to get involved in locally organised events. 

Facilitates and provides training courses in own area of expertise to deliver the health champion training programme via the Integrated Wellbeing Service training programme. 

Draw on the knowledge and experience of local communities.  Engaging with community and 3rd sector organisations to identify and recruit people to represent local needs and priorities through a health champions model. 

Ensure methods of monitoring, evaluating and reporting on engagement with the relevant local communities are embedded within this area of work. 

You must hold a degree in a related field and have the knowledge and understanding of the main health inequalities in Northumberland and the social determinants of health. 

We are offering:  

  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme  
  • A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision 
  • Flexible working arrangements  

Please read the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the post here. For further information about this vacancy, please contact Jane Telfer for an informal discussion. Email 


To apply please click the Apply Now link below.






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