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Public Health Strategist (PO6) Fixed Term 12 months

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Vacancy Summary
London Borough Of Waltham Forest
£44,607 - £47,511
Sycamore House, Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4JF
Working Pattern:
Full Time
36 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
08/11/2019 at 23:30 PM
Vacancy Description

London Borough of Waltham Forest


Public Health Strategist – Child and Maternal Health (1 year fixed term, with possible extension)


Waltham Forest Council is looking to appoint a Public Health Strategist to join its Public Health team. The post is fixed term, to cover a minimum period of one year, covering a period of extended absence. This role is to cover child and maternal health.

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest is a vibrant, diverse home to approximately 260,000 residents in East London, easily accessible from central London by train and underground, and it is the London Borough of Culture in 2019. It was recently named as the national Local Authority of the Year for 2019 by the MJ. Based in central Walthamstow, the Public Health team has well developed relationships across the Council and with partners. Led by the Director of Public Health for Waltham Forest, the team is based in the Families Directorate.

The post holder will join the team at an exciting time in the development of the public health function in London Borough of Waltham Forest, contributing towards achieving the priorities set out the 2016 Health and Wellbeing Strategy. We are a dynamic team that is well embedded within the Families directorate of the local authority, with excellent working relationships across the council, the local CCG and wider partners. The leaders of the borough are firmly committed to public health and the principles of early intervention and prevention, making this an excellent place to work in collaboration to achieve genuine improvements for residents.


We are a team committed to providing a stimulating environment within which to work, running monthly reflective practice sessions, journal clubs and providing opportunities for personal development through training, education, shadowing and on-the-job learning. This is highlighted by our success in supporting 4 previous team members in successful applications to the Public Health Training scheme in the last 3 years.

The role

The successful candidate will bring energy, drive and innovation to make a difference, working through the challenges to improve outcomes for people in Waltham Forest. This role would ideally suit a candidate with experience of children’s public health.

The post holder will work in co-operation with other colleagues within Public Health, council directorates, the local Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS and voluntary sector and will need to establish and maintain a wide range of working relationships. This is especially true across early years settings, and with maternity, health visiting, school nursing and children and family centre services. The post holder will need to develop a good understanding of the context of services in the borough which impact on health and health inequalities.


While the position is a universal public health strategist role, the portfolio to be covered by the candidate will focus on child and maternal health, covering the following areas:


  • Commissioning of Healthy Child Programme services (School Nursing, Health Visiting, Family Nurse Partnership
  • Commissioning of other children’s health services (Best Start Service (breastfeeding, healthy weight, SALT); Healthy Start Vitamins)
  • Partnership working around high profile areas, especially CAMHS
  • Support to the Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Work on the forthcoming council’s Best Start in Life strategy (for 0-5s)


This post would work alongside other members of the public health team with roles around child health, including Senior Strategist (Health in Schools & Community Safety), Healthy Early Years officer, Life Chances Officer; and the Consultant-level holder of the overall children’s portfolio.


We invite applications from individuals who are skilled at managing relationships and negotiating across a wide range of organisations, who understand the challenges faced by local authorities and the NHS, and who will provide strong leadership in contributing to the work of our dynamic public health team.


If you would like to discuss this role informally please contact Carol Anderson (; 020 8496 4632) to arrange a discussion.

Your application should set out how you meet the job role profile.

Interview date: Friday 29th Nov


Equal Opportunities
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives contained within the Waltham Forest Council Equality Plan 2012/2015:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.

How to apply
Application Information The councils preference is for on-line application forms. However if you have a disability and are unable to complete an on-line application, please ring 0208 496 4227 who will be able to arrange an alternative. For more information on how to complete your application form, follow this link: Applying for a job at Waltham Forest Council

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