The Role

Director of Public Health
£104,040 - £124,848 p.a.

Working across three local authorities: Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes councils, you will act as the statutory chief officer and principal adviser to elected members, officers and partners on health improvement and protection across the three locations.

Each of the councils has a dedicated Public Health team and you will ensure a cohesive strategic approach supports positive outcomes for the region as a whole, while also being responsive in adopting a bespoke approach to specific local need. The combined public health budget for the three councils is approximately £33m, and you will lead a team of up to 56 FTE staff, including up to six Specialty Registrars in Public Health.

This is a highly visible corporate role, and you can expect extensive stakeholder engagement with elected members and with partner organisations. You’ll ensure that services delivered or commissioned represent good value for money to the councils, thorough careful performance management, and embedding a culture of continuous review and improvement in service planning and delivery.

It’s a role that demands a wide range of skills. You’ll need to assure of your clinical expertise, demonstrating a highly developed and current understanding of public health indicators and practical steps to influence these. But it’s also essential that you are a highly capable manager and adviser – bringing a breadth of perspective and political awareness to a cross-council role, getting the best from resources, and bringing expert advice to support decision-making within the councils.


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