Health Protection Practitioner

Weston-Super-Mare, Bristol

Job Summary

  • Job Reference: HPP151220RT_1608035512
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Date Posted: 2020-12-15
  • Location: Weston-Super-Mare, Bristol
  • Job Status: FullTime
  • Closing Date: 2021-02-13
  • Tradewind Social Care Recruitment

Tradewind Social Care Recruitment are working with North Somerset Council. They are looking to appoint a Health Protection Practitioner as soon as possible, details as follows:

Role Purpose:

  • Responsible for preventative, outbreak and incident management as part of the council's COVID-19 response team
  • Working with colleagues and key partner agencies
  • To ensure outbreaks, clusters and incidents are responded to effectively and in line with the Local Outbreak Management Plan
  • Supporting contact tracing
  • Infection prevention and control activity
  • The post holder will also work with priority groups and high-risk settings
  • Demonstrating skills in health protection gained by professional qualification and experience
  • To implement agreed measures effectively

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the day to day COVID-19 health protection response, using professional judgement in the provision of specialist advice and escalation of complex issues, to effectively manage and prevent further outbreaks at a local level.
  • Manage and carry out functions to support local incident management and contact tracing response, mobilising link workers and completing records accurately and in compliance with local procedures.
  • Contribute to development and design of effective surveillance systems for local outbreaks and interpret data to inform and influence local response strategies.
  • Engage with key stakeholders in all sectors to improve communication, best practise, peer support and learning at a local and regional level to enhance the response and preparation in the case of local outbreaks for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
  • Lead projects and defined areas of work in collaboration with others as agreed, such as COVID-19 outbreak management, impact on winter preparedness and other wider environmental hazards.
  • Provide training and support to others, as appropriate, to enable health improvement and health protection at every opportunity.
  • Contribute to and undertake evaluation of audits for COVID-19 responses, contact tracing and other Business Continuity plans impacted by and involved with pandemic responses.

    Engage with key managers both within and external to the council to agree and establish opportunities for improving and shaping local, regional and national public health agendas.

Skills and Experience:

  • Degree-level education / equivalent clinical qualification in a relevant subject (health/environmental health related)
  • Possession of a post-graduate diploma in a relevant public health discipline
  • Up-to-date knowledge of effective health improvement and health protection strategies including pandemic responses
  • Knowledge and experience of needs assessments and service reviews and the monitoring and evaluation of health improvement and health protection outcomes
  • Experience in programme management, including establishing such processes from scratch, prioritisation and planning complex projects and activities, working to plans and adapting such plans as necessary, performance management and risk management
  • Experience of providing interactive training
  • Ability to deliver work and projects to specification and on time and to budget
  • Ability to research, interpret and present data and information to a wide range of audiences
  • Knowledge of relevant local and national policies, guidance and pathways relevant to all aspects of the job role
  • Ability to engage with and influence a range of stakeholders and community groups

If you have the right skills and experience and would like to apply for this role please submit your CV through the job board or call Ruth on 07873 233112.

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Health Protection Practitioner

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