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Director of Public Health

With a proud heritage and bright future, Stoke-on-Trent is a small but mighty city, committed to protecting and improving the health of the local population, reducing inequalities and improving access to services. We have a compelling vision for our future as a green and economically vibrant place when people are equipped and able to take on the many opportunities we are creating. 

This critical role will work across all our directorates, our partners and communities and report directly into the City Director. Accountable for both the shaping and delivery of the Health and Wellbeing agenda taking account of the national agenda and benchmarking.

As our new Director of Public Health, leading a broad integrated portfolio of services including bereavement care, leisure services, and environmental health. You will take a strategic view of the wider determinants of population health, using all aspects of the portfolio to drive the best possible outcomes for the people of Stoke-on-Trent, connecting with colleagues across the council and external partners to support the delivery of our Stronger Together vision.

You will be a qualified public health professional, however, we welcome applications from those looking to step up into their first statutory DPH role. Accountable to and reporting directly to the City Director, a core member of our Senior Management Team, you will take a practical and “hands-on” approach to addressing public health challenges, and to share our vision for tackling inequalities through a broad wellbeing-based approach.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference, enabling residents to fulfil their potential and supporting our communities.

Are you up for the challenge?


Directorate: City Director

Location: Stoke-on-Trent

Salary: £134,747 - £148,030

Reference: JD for DPH

Deadline: Thursday, 23 March 2023

About the Role

About you

To be successful in this role we are looking for the following key attributes:

Visionary and transformational leader; A strong leader with energy, flair, resilience and credibility whom provides others with a clear direction, inspiration and motivation who understands the relationships and culture of organisations that impact on the wider determinants of health as well as health services.

Decision making; Strength in judgement and personal responsibility for actions, projects and people. Ability to work under own direction to generate activities and introduce changes into work processes whilst evaluating risks.                   

Adhering to Principles and values; Upholds ethics, values and demonstrates integrity to promote and defend equal opportunities.

Relating and Networking; Aptitude to establish relationships at all levels with diverse stakeholders including elected members, residents, staff and partners.

Persuading and Influencing; Proficiency to gain clear agreement and commitment from others through negotiation and effective use of political processes.             

Formulating Strategies and Concepts; Strategic awareness to realise organisational goals and compelling visions of future potential.

Adapting and Responding to change; Resilience and reconfiguration to adapt to changing circumstances and ambiguity whilst remaining focussed and enthused. 

Achieving personal work goals and objectives; Tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm, diligence and commitment.

Entrepreneurial and commercial thinking; Demonstrates commercial and business acumen through competitor insight, market trends and service user needs.         

You will have:

  • Inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List or UK Public Health Register (UKPHR OR Included in the GMC/GDC Specialist Register in a specialty other than public health medicine/dental public health
  • An appropriate professional qualification within the remit of the professions covered with evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Proficiency in leading a significant programme of change which had major impact on staff and processes.
  • Competence in delivering best value through innovative, integrated, client and community focused service provision whilst promoting equal opportunities.
  • Experience in developing effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders and operating and negotiating with outside agencies.
  • Experience of delivering sustained improvements in Wellbeing and Public Health Services
  • High level of understanding of epidemiology and statistics, public health practice, health promotion, health economics and health care evaluation
  • Full understanding of and commitment to addressing relationships and cultures of organisations that impact on the wider determinants of health
  • Full understanding of and commitment to delivery of improved health through mainstream NHS activities and an understanding of NHS and local government cultures, structures and policies


Indicative Timetable

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 23 March 2023

Psychometric testing (for those successful at shortlisting stage): w/c 27 March – w/c 03 April 2023

Stakeholder, AAC/Final Panel Interviews: Monday, 17 April & Tuesday, 18 April 2023



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