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Director of Public Health, Wellbeing and Communities

Essex County Council
circa £142,000
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

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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

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


Why Essex?

Essex County Council covers 1,300 square miles from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary. From the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career.

We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We’re also committed to interviewing all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

Free to deliver big

We recruit creative, ambitious, talented people, and free them up to think – and deliver – big.

We’ve made substantial changes in recent years, reorganising how we’re structured and how we work, so we can protect the most vulnerable and enable our economy to grow. Join us and you’ll be trusted to take control, manage change and make a lasting impact. You’ll be able to call upon external partners and suppliers to help you deliver. More importantly, talented, trailblazing colleagues – including many industry-leaders – will be right by your side to share ideas, knowledge and experience.

Find out how Essex County Council is changing, and how you’ll fit in.

Employee Recognition & Engagement

Here are some of the things we have in place to give our employees a sense of belonging, involvement and recognition. 

Employee Networks:

  • Ethnically Diverse Employee Network (EDEN)
  • Carers Forum 
  • Christian Network 
  • Disabled Employees Network 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
  • Parents Network 
  • Women’s Network
  • Men’s Network
  • Young People and Apprentice Network. 

You Make The Difference’ Awards - giving employees the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams who go above and beyond for our residents.

Employee Surveys – where we listen to the voices of our people and take action on what we hear.

Employee Panels – giving you the opportunity to feed back on a range of policies and initiatives, network with colleagues and influence far-reaching changes.

Learning and Development

We have developed diverse learning opportunities to support our people to grow both personally and professionally. This includes:

  • A large suite of online training and tools
  • Dedicated learning events such as ‘LearnFest’ – our flagship annual celebration of learning
  • Apprenticeships for both new and existing colleagues
  • Financial support to achieve professional qualifications
  • Support from subject matter experts 
  • The opportunity to share your own expertise to up-skill colleagues
  • Leadership and executive coaching
  • Learning on demand
  • Career pathways

Rewards and Benefits

  • Family Friendly flexible Working
  • Generous holiday and special leave allowances (including the option to purchase extra holiday)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance of three times annual salary
  • Volunteering leave (up to 4 days per year)
  • Employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Travel discounts & season ticket loans
  • Learning and Development opportunities/coaching & mentoring
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Lease car scheme (dependent on business needs)
  • Up to £8,000 relocation package (subject to terms and conditions)

You’ll also have access to MyReward, a unique platform for Essex County Council employees to gain various discounts and savings.

Your Wellbeing

At Essex County Council we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our people. We work closely with our employees to provide wellbeing support based on their needs. We strive to enable the right environment, conditions, and behaviours so individual and organisational wellbeing is embedded in everything we do.

Join us and get Inspired to do More.

Company info
0845 743 0430
County Hall
Market Road
United Kingdom

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