Public Health Principal

Merton, London

Job Summary

  • Job Reference: AM0910_1602232435
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Date Posted: 2020-10-09
  • Location: Merton, London
  • Job Status: FullTime
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-08
  • Tradewind Social Care Recruitment

The post holder will join the newly formed Merton children's integrated commissioning team. This is an exciting and innovative opportunity to join a team, which brings together commissioning responsibilities from Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (MCCG), London Borough of Merton Children's Schools and Families (CSF) and Public Health, to form an integrated commissioning function. The team is hosted by Public Health and based at Merton Civic Centre.


The post holder will support the commissioning of a range of Public Health services and support health improvement initiatives across the London Borough of Merton. Responsibility for supporting the commissioning and development of services for children and young people aged 0-19 is a priority. This includes Healthy Child 0-19 services (Health Visiting, School Nursing, and Family Nurse Partnership) and health improvement initiatives related to improving the health of children and young people. The post holder will also support commissioning of other public health services and provide procurement support to the Public Health team as required.

The post holder will contribute to and co-ordinate the delivery of commissioning priorities and improving quality through contracting and performance frameworks. The post holder will contribute to planning for the reduction of health inequalities and work with partners including the Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and others. This has three components:

  • Building partnerships between statutory and non-statutory organisations and with other stakeholders, services and relevant organisations
  • Supporting service redesign and improvement
  • Manage and coordinate the delivery of specific commissioning projects

The post holder will also work with the children's integrated commissioning team and wider Public Health team to manage and coordinate children and young people's health improvement initiatives focused on public health priority areas such as healthy schools, childhood obesity, early years initiatives and reducing health inequalities.



  • Manage the effective development of commissioning plans, informed by JSNA, which deliver improved health outcomes and reduce inequalities.

  • Manage the effective development and delivery of Public Health Projects and programmes, leading work areas as appropriate.

  • Manage the development of planning, business cases and service specifications in line with national best practice and evidence, making and implementing recommendations for change.

  • Produce specifications and business cases for commissioning and de-commissioning services, negotiating and managing a portfolio of SLA's and contracts to meet tight corporate deadlines and agreed targets.

Undertake a range of analysis and review of monitoring and performance data from a variety of sources to identify unmet needs for the whole Public Health Service, including new models for service delivery and best practice not currently defined by existing policies, making and implementing recommendations to inform future commissioning.

  • Ensure that complex data is presented in accessible formats which increase understanding of local need when presented to a broad audience and supports the development of commissioning priorities and intentions.

  • Provide procurement support for public health commissioned services.

  • Oversee and manage Resource Allocation Systems and secure effective financial expertise during the planning and commissioning process.

  • Administer financial systems and processes to ensure the effective management and reporting of budgets in line with the Council's financial governance procedures.

  • Contribute to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment as required.

  • Undertake any other duties as agreed with the line manager.

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