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Public Health Principal (Interim) (Ref: 2023_655)

County Hall Office, Newport and agile working Isle of Wight

Grade 14, £55,010 to £59,114 per annum pro rata (actual salary, £27,505.00 to £29,557.00)

Contact: Jo Jefferies, Associate Director of Public Health at or Eleanor Reed – Public Health Service Manager on

Vacancy Reference: 2023_655

Closing Date: 10/12/2023

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Hours: 18.5 per week


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

We are seeking a Public Health Principal to join our dynamic and friendly Public Health team for a two-year fixed term period.

Advance your career in public in a supportive, friendly team working across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We are passionate about using evidence-based approaches to improve population health and wellbeing through positive behaviour change.

You will need to demonstrate a proven track record of improving Public Health outcomes which will enable you to provide leadership support to the development and implementation of a refreshed Public Health strategy, including the key themes of healthy lives, healthy places, settings and communities and healthy people. You will design and deliver projects and commission services that ensure excellent standards and work with partners to influence the wider determinants of health.

You will work with specialists in Public Health including Consultants, Principals and Practitioners as well as with other internal and external partners.

As a dedicated professional in your field in your field you will help us to be innovative, ensuring we keep up to date with best practice. We are looking for the following skills and attributes:

·       Knowledge of the latest developments in Public Health

·       Ability to adapt to working in a variety of specialist areas where needed.

·       Experience of leading transformation and improvement

·       Ability to communicate complex information in meaningful ways to lead, inspire and engage partners. 

·       A proven track record of successfully commissioning public health services.

You will need to be;

• a postgraduate in either Public Health or a related discipline (e.g., a UK Master’s degree or postgraduate diploma)

• experienced within a Public Health Practitioner role

• a registered Public Health practitioner with the UKPHR (or equivalent).

Public Health is committed to workforce development and training and there will be opportunities for you to achieve required continuous professional development.

PLEASE NOTE: As a council we support agile and hybrid working. There will be a need to work on the Island to build relationships with partners and to attend face to face meetings on the Isle of Wight and in Winchester.  We support flexible working where possible.

If this sparks your interest, and you think you might be the person we are looking for, we would be delighted to hear from you.

For more information or for an informal conversation please contact Jo Jefferies, Associate Director of Public Health at or Eleanor Reed – Public Health Service Manager on

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