Director of Public Health, Wellbeing and Communities

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circa £142,000
Job Type
Full Time

The strength of Essex is its people, and our aim is to nurture a safer, better-connected society that empowers our residents and celebrates the county’s diversity.

We are determined to improve the health and wellbeing of all people in Essex by raising the profile and importance of public health and by creating a culture and environment that reduces inequalities and enables residents of all ages to live healthier lives.

Tackling these challenges is a central objective of Essex County Council as set out in our Levelling Up White Paper and guiding strategy Everyone’s Essex.

As the Director of Public Health, Wellbeing and Communities you will be a pivotal figure leading on these issues at the heart of the health system working with three Integrated Care Systems across the county. You will drive a focus on the wider determinants of public health. You will therefore need to be a system leader who will relish the opportunity to work with health partners, elected members, the voluntary sector, and communities to deliver better outcomes for all our residents. You will need to be able to make measurable improvements to health outcomes and reduce health inequalities and will be someone who thrives on a challenge and can work in new ways whilst applying your experience.

At Essex County Council, Public Health is part of the People, Policy, Economy, and Public Health function, which enables an approach where public health in Essex is intrinsically connected to the broader economic growth, skills, and employability agenda. This innovative structure and ethos provide us with the best possible chance to tackle the longstanding health issues that exist in some of our communities.

In addition, the portfolio extends far beyond the statutory public health responsibilities, to include various community teams that support the public health agenda, such as Active Essex, our traveller unit, and Trading Standards. This gives direct control over a number of key services and direct reach into our powerful network of community and voluntary bodies.

Given the scale and breadth of the role we are looking for an experienced Director of Public Health, but we will consider exceptional leaders looking for their first Director of Public Health role.

For more information, contact Luke Judd at Starfish Search on or 07435 270 659.

Closing date: 21 June 2024

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