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Public Health Lead

The Role

Do you want to help change people’s lives?

Are you passionate about improving health outcomes?

Can you develop new ways of working to improve population health?

The London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth presents a unique opportunity to be part of an award-winning Public Health Team.

We are recruiting a permanent Public Health Lead to be part of the Targeted Interventions and Children & Young People’s Team. The role will provide the opportunity for a forward-thinking individual to set new standards in addressing health inequalities. The successful applicant will lead on the development of effective drug, alcohol, and mental health strategies across a diverse population of more than half a million people in South- West London.

The ideal candidate will have excellent relationship building and influencing skills, be comfortable working in a multi-agency environment, and be passionate about improving outcomes for vulnerable communities. 

Key work streams include, supporting the commissioning of early intervention services for children and young people, establishing evidence-based prevention initiatives to reduce drug and alcohol related harm, supporting the Director of Public Health to establish robust licensing of alcohol sales, improving support for people with co-occurring mental health and substance misuse needs, and reducing drug and alcohol related deaths through an innovative case review panel.

Additional responsibilities will include supporting local suicide prevention strategies; identifying the health needs of specific populations; advising on and developing strategic plans for commissioned services; providing commissioning support to the NHS; and improving outcomes for residents.  The post holder will provide specialist public health advice and leadership and lead significant multi-agency and multi-disciplinary projects.

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join our dynamic team on a permanent basis.

Contact details

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Graeme Markwell on Graeme.Markwell@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Agile working

At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know.

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work


We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed hours, and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date:  11:59pm on Sunday 9th October 2022
  • Shortlisting Date: week commencing 10th October 2022
  • Interview Date: week commencing 20th October 2022 

Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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