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Welcome to Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Welcome message from Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Do you want to work for an ambitious local authority that puts public health at the forefront of everything it does? Do you want to help lead and shape our services to improve the health of residents and contribute to our small but mighty city? If so, then we want to hear from you …

We are currently seeking an exceptional and dynamic Director of Public Health.

Stoke-on-Trent is a brilliant, vibrant and diverse city that has so much to offer. It is a small but mighty city with strong communities and a deep-seated cultural heritage which we are exceptionally proud of.  As a city, we are the litmus test for the Government’s levelling up agenda and are benefitting from the investment and positive changes this is bringing. As such we have seen the national spotlight fall on us and our profile and confidence has grown as a result.  We want all residents in Stoke-on-Trent to have the opportunity to benefit from this investment, and this is where you come in, enabling strategies, policies, plans and programmes to protect and improve the health of the local population.

If you want to be a member of the City Council team, connect with our Stronger Together values, and have the drive and passion for improving the health of our population both now and for future generations then we would like to hear from you.

Director of Public Health Services

Welcome message from Jon Rouse, City Director

Jon Rouse


Welcome to the role of Director of Public Health here at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. We are delighted you are showing an interest in joining our senior leadership team as we move forward in our development of good and outstanding services.

So why join us here in Stoke-on-Trent?

Our Stronger Together Strategic Plan sets out our vision and priorities for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the wider city. The strategic plan has been shaped by the political ambition of the City Council’s leadership, as well as the values and aims of the organisation. This role offers a unique opportunity to develop professionally, lead the regulatory and operational functions of public health services, and support the delivery of the Stronger Together vision and strategy of the City Council.

Through our vision we are committed to making Stoke-on-Trent a place that all residents can feel safe, supported and proud of. We have already made a fantastic start through our strong partner relationships with colleagues in the NHS and third sector; and through powerful initiatives like our current ‘Stronger Together Through Winter’ campaign which has brought organisations and community groups together to provide welcoming spaces, financial, mental health and food support. We have also recently been awarded over £5million to develop substance misuse services. That said, we recognise that there is still much more to do and that is where you can be part of our journey!

We are looking for an experienced candidate with a passion for developing high quality wellbeing and public health support services, working with colleagues and external partners to have a positive impact. We are looking for someone with a strong background in health, wellbeing and the public health system. We need someone to develop, implement and deliver strategies, policies, plans and programmes to protect and improve the health of the local population, improve access to services and to lead the operational and regulatory functions and services that protect and improve health and wellbeing.

We wish to create a holistic approach - combining health and wellbeing with our city’s culture, ensuring that public health and wellbeing is an integral part of our offerings; like our museums and libraries. Our priority is to proactively address health inequalities and the wider determinants recognised by the City Council. As our Director of Public Health, you will be at the heart of this, providing expert public health and leadership.

Children and young people are our number one priority and as Director of Public Health, you will play a crucial role, working with Council Leader, Cabinet members, our Director of Children’s Services and myself to ensure our children get off to best start in life.

As a senior officer, you will provide confident, visible, strategic and values led leadership and direction for the Directorate. To be successful in this role you will develop highly effective services that have prevention and early intervention rooted at their core. You will be the principal clinical adviser on all health matters across the City Council, leading and contributing to the development of strategies that improve both health and wellbeing in Stoke-on-Trent. You will demonstrate effective political awareness and possess exceptional leadership qualities with the aptitude to promote a culture of close collaboration, working strategically in a complex system. Finally, you will need to bring not only a strong track record in Public Health delivery but also the ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships, with a wide range of stakeholders, to ensure positive outcomes for residents.