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Senior Public Health Practitioner (Healthy Team) (Ref: 2023_639)

County Hall Offices, Newport IoW/Agile working

Grade 11, £41,548 to £44,356 per annum (This is a 'Career graded' role from grade 11 at £41,548 up to grade 12 at £46,676 per annum. Please note: If you fit the criteria for the grade 12 post, the starting salary will be £44,357)

Contact: Lauren Stott at

Vacancy Reference: 2023_639

Closing Date: 10/12/2023

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week

Do you want to a key role in improving health for Isle of Wight residents?

Joining our dynamic Healthy Team, you’ll have the opportunity to advance your career in public health whilst playing a key role in improving health outcomes for Isle of Wight residents. We are a small, supportive, friendly team working across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with a passion for using evidence-based approaches to improve population health and wellbeing through positive behaviour change.

Your proven track record of contributing to Public Health outcomes will enable you to support and develop innovative interventions to implement our emerging Public Health Strategy, including focussing on prevention smoking uptake in young people, helping smokers to stop smoking, helping residents to achieve a healthy weight, and be physically active.  You will commission services and perform quality reviews to ensure an excellent standard of service provision to the public.

Your knowledge of public health concepts and your ability to use evidence-based research methods to gather, interpret and present complex data in a meaningful way will be key.  Your excellent communication skills and experience of multiagency working will help us to build on our strong working relations with our partners.

You will report into a Public Health Principal and line manage a Practitioner who will support delivery of the portfolio area. You may be required to matrix work across the Public Health team enabling you to benefit from the opportunity to work in other Public Health portfolio areas.

Applicants for the Senior Public Health Practitioner role will have a postgraduate level qualification in either Public Health or a related discipline (for example a UK Master’s degree or postgraduate diploma), and extensive experience in a Public Health Practitioner role (or similar).  You’ll have a good understanding and preferably experience of tobacco control, healthy weight, physical activity and/or cardiovascular disease prevention. 

At the Isle of Wight Council, we are committed to creating opportunity and invest in our workforce.  If you have a first degree but do not have the relevant postgraduate qualification in either Public Health or a related discipline, there is an opportunity for a Trainee post where you are asked to be able to commit to submitting a portfolio to become a registered UKPHR Public Health Practitioner and to complete a Public Health Master’s degree.  To appoint to the Trainee Senior Public Health Practitioner post you will need to have significant experience in commissioning, contract management and/or project management and be keen to move into a career in public health.

The Isle of Wight Council offers benefits including:

•Annual leave of 32 days per annum, plus public holidays

•Local government pension scheme

•Local and national staff discounts and benefits, including Solent travel discounts

•Staff parking permit scheme

•Cycle to work scheme

•Public Health training and development opportunities

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Lauren Stott at

When you join #TeamIWC you'll receive our staff benefits package, including:

-  Annual leave entitlement of 32 days p/a PLUS public holidays!

-  Local Government pension scheme

-  Discounted Solent ferry travel

-  Island bus network discount

-  Cycle to work scheme

-  Staff parking permit scheme

-  Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership

-  National and local discounts & benefits schemes

A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 may be available to new employees specifically relocating to the Isle of Wight to take up a role with us. If you choose to commute to the Isle of Wight daily, you may be eligible get your travel costs reimbursed. Further details are available upon request.

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour PolicyEmployee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council’s Terms & Conditions of employment are available upon request. Please contact our recruitment team via if you would like to receive a copy.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

If you have difficulty completing your online application or if you need further information about how to apply, telephone 01983 823134 or email Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.

We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable

Closing Date: 10 December 2023