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UK Health Security Agency
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will be responsible for planning, preventing and responding to external health threats, and providing intellectual, scientific and operational leadership at national and local level, as well as on the global stage. UKHSA will ensure the nation can respond quickly and at greater scale to deal with pandemics and future threats.
Public Health Scientist
Closed for applications on: 4-Feb-2022 00:01
Vacancy status: Closed
Closed for applications on: 4-Feb-2022 00:01
- Wellington House
- 133-155 Waterloo road
- SE1 8UG
- Major / Minor Region
Contract type & working pattern
- Full time
- Part time
- Job share
- Flexible working
- Home or remote working
- Compressed hours
- Annualised hours
- £48,859 - £62,286 per annum, pro rata
- Salary period
- (Civil Service: Grade 7)
- Main area
COVID-19 has reinforced the impact that threats to health can have on society and the economy and driven health security as a critical component of our national security architecture. The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is a system leader for health security; taking action internationally to strengthen global health security, providing trusted advice to government and the public and reducing inequalities in the way different communities experience and are impacted by infectious disease, environmental hazards, and other threats to health.
UKHSA’s remit, as an agency with a global-to-local reach, is to protect the health of the nation from infectious diseases and other external threats to health. As the nation’s expert national health security agency UKHSA will:
- Prevent: anticipate threats to health and help build the nation’s readiness, defences and health security
- Detect: use cutting edge environmental and biological surveillance to proactively detect and monitor infectious diseases and threats to health
- Analyse: use world-class science and data analytics to assess and continually monitor threats to health, identifying how best to control and mitigate the risks
- Respond: take rapid, collaborative and effective actions nationally and locally to mitigate threats to health when they materialise
- Lead: lead strong and sustainable global, national, regional and local partnerships designed to save lives, protect the nation from public health threats, and reduce inequalities
UKHSA’s immediate and most important priority is to continue the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the longer term, UKHSA will build on the legacy of the COVID-19 response to ensure resilient and scalable infrastructure to secure the UK in the strongest position to protect the public from future threats to health.
UKHSA mission is challenging, innovative and in the spotlight. To achieve our objectives effectively and fairly, we commit to representing modern Britain and all its diversity. UKHSA recognises that diversity of background and life experience brings different insights, creates challenge and encourages change and innovation. This in turn produces more accountable and trusted public services and better decisions; better because they are more attuned to the needs and interests of all our communities. Differences of thought and outlook are not only respected but expected. We want all our employees to feel that they can be themselves at work and that they are valued.
The PHE COVID-19 Advice and Guidance Team welcomes applications for 2 Public Health Scientists to join their busy team on a permanent basis. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the national COVID-19 response, with the aim of moving into a wider guidance development team in the UKHSA.
Working closely with knowledge and evidence specialists, behavioural scientists, modellers, virologists, epidemiologists and across the UKHSA COVID-19 response, the team develops and publishes evidence-based guidance for the public and for a range of stakeholders.
The multidisciplinary team of scientists and Consultants in Public Health manages core UKHSA COVID-19 guidance and ensures that it is up to date and reflects emerging evidence and changes in policy We work closely with Other Government Departments and NHSE.
This is a busy and challenging role with frequent tight deadlines. If you have a good understanding of evidence and public health science and how to distil complex information into actionable guidance, then this may be the role for you.
The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary environment with strong links to policy makers. They will have good public health, health protection and scientific knowledge with an ability to find and distil information into clear language depending on the audience. They will lead on developing and updating evidence-informed COVID-19 guidance for a range of audiences including the general public and the health and adult social care system.
Postholders will work in a team providing evidence-informed public health advice to internal and external stakeholders including UKHSA, DHSC and NHSE/I, Other Government Departments and the NHS.
Working for our organisation
The way we behave as UK HSA members of staff will have the greatest impact in achieving our ambitions as an organisation. What we say matters but what we do matters more.
Our effectiveness depends on how we behave so we have developed the UK HSA People Charter which outlines the values and behaviours expected.
Our behaviours that underpin our values are to COMMUNICATE openly, honestly and clearly, ACHIEVE TOGETHER, working towards UK HSA’s objectives, RESPECT each other and treat colleagues and customers how we would wish to be treated and EXCEL by providing an excellent service, leading by example and driving personal development.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Working with a team of Consultants and Scientists in UK HSA’s Public Health Advice, Guidance and Expertise function that reports directly to the Senior Medical Advisor and Head of Advice and Guidance, UKHSA. The postholder will support the COVID-19 response through the provision of public health advice and guidance. This will include taking a role on specific cross-cutting areas to ensure a timely, consistent and evidence-informed response.
The postholder will:
- Provide evidence-informed public health advice to both internal and external stakeholders including DHSC and NHSE/I, Other Government Departments, the NHS, and other professional public health organisations and networks on public health aspects of COVID-19
- Support the development of COVID-19 guidance for a range of audiences including the general public, the health and adult social care system, and high-risk settings
- Work closely with knowledge and evidence specialists to update COVID-19 guidance in line with emerging evidence and policy
- Work across the UK HSA response and with Cabinet Office to improve the quality and consistency of guidance
The postholder will report to a Public Health Consultant and will be expected to work closely with the Senior Programme Leads and others in the team. The postholder will be an experienced public health or health protection scientist.
Please see attached job description for full details of the post.
Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
This is a Non Reserved post under the Civil Service Nationality Rules and is therefore open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals and certain non EEA members. For more information please refer to the supporting documents detailing the Civil Service Nationality Rules.
For posts on UKHSA Civil Service terms and conditions, salary on appointment is normally the minimum point (see salary range above). This will be dependent on the successful candidate’s current salary and terms and/or equivalent experience. The Civil Service pay structure and progression is different from NHS Agenda for Change, most local authority pay grades and other systems that have annual pay increments. Please see attached an information sheet explaining starting salaries and benefits when joining the UKHSA.
For AfC or Medical/Dental posts, you must have the correct professional registration to be appointed. The pay will follow the AfC or Medical & Dental terms & conditions. You may be asked to provide evidence of previous service whilst we are conducting pre-employment checks to determine your starting salary.
For Temporary Appointments: If you are not currently a civil servant, you will take up the post on a Fixed Term appointment. If you are an existing Civil Servant, based outside of the UKHSA, you will take up the post as a loan. If you are an existing UKHA member of staff, you will take up the post as either a level transfer or a temporary promotion as per the UKHSA’s Pay and Grading policy.
Given the nature of the work of the UKHSA, as a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.
To be eligible for employment in the UK Civil Service applicants must meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules (CSNRs) which operate independently of and additionally to the Immigration Rules. Applicants must also meet necessary security and vetting requirements, along with any other relevant pre-employment checks.
As from 1 January 2021 broadly the following groups may be eligible to work in non-reserved posts within the Civil Service:
- UK nationals
- Nationals of Commonwealth countries
- Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- EEA nationals with (or eligible for) status under the EUSS
- Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
- Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
- Certain family members of the relevant EU & Turkish nationals
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (attached as a supporting document).
Employees who feel they have been unfairly treated during a recruitment process can use the Civil Service Commission’s grievance procedure. External candidates should complain to the hiring manager handling their campaign. In addition both internal and external candidates have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners.
If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.
Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.
The UKHSA is required to check employment and/or education history covering three consecutive years. Please ensure you give details of at least two different referees, even if you were employed in one company for three years or more.
If you are offered a job, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. Please note, all communication regarding your application will be made via email, please ensure you check your junk/spam folders as emails are sometimes filtered there.
Any move to the UK Health Security Agency from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
Benefits of working at UKHSA include:
Generous annual leave:
- 26 days for the first 5 years of continuous service
- 28 days after 5 years of continuous service
- 32 days after 10 years of continuous service,
- plus public holidays and one for the Queen’s birthday
We also promote flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
• Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions.
• Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
• Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
The UKHSA views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they are able to enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available including working from home, compressed hours and job sharing.
We also offer a generous maternity/ paternity and adoption leave package.
Education / Qualifications
- Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a similar area of work
- Masters in Public Health or equivalent
Knowledge and Experience
- High level of understanding of public health practice
- Experience of working with key stakeholders to influence public health outcomes
- Experience of working on own initiative and as part of a team
- Experience of guidance development
- Experience of the control of communicable disease outbreaks
Skills and Capabilities
- Clear communicator with excellent oral and written communication skills
- Resilient and able to cope with multiple competing demands and tight deadlines
- Strong planning and organisational skills and ability to work at pace
- Significant public health and scientific knowledge and ability to understand and communicate complex technical issues
- Politically astute and understand implications for advice and guidance, taking action where necessary or appropriate
- Ability to assimilate and distil information to support consensus development
- Ability to prioritise and flex own workload to respond to urgent demands
Equality and Diversity
- An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships
- Job Description (PDF, 330.4KB)
- Functional Requirement (PDF, 190.2KB)
- Civil Service Recruitment Principles (PDF, 2.6MB)
- Civil Service Nationality Rules (PDF, 345.1KB)
- Application Form Guidance Notes (PDF, 77.3KB)
- Information Sheet - Starting salaries and benefits (PDF, 129.4KB)
- Information Sheet - Selection Process (PDF, 110.1KB)
- Working at UKHSA and your benefits (PDF, 219.2KB)
Further details / informal visits contact
- Renu Bindra
- Job title
- Senior Medical Adviser
- Email address