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Communications Officer Public Health England

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Communications Officer - Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards at Public Health England

Civil Service: Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

Job advert

Public Health England provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally and enable locally a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It will achieve this through the application of research, knowledge and skills. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support Government, local authorities and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

Working as part of Health Protection communications, you will promote PHE’s key messages and outputs on priority policy areas and manage the organisation’s reputation with the media and stakeholders.

You will possess excellent writing skills, which are essential to this role, and have a proven track record of drafting versatile, quality content for a wide range of channels and platforms including social media, the web and print media.

Using a strategic approach, you will develop impactful public health communications and information, which will help the public make informed decisions about looking after their health.

Your remit will cover a range of high-profile health topics, focusing on radiation and chemical environmental public health issues. However, you should be flexible and willing to change portfolio areas to suit business needs.

In addition, the post holder will need to be available to support communications colleagues in other regions and centres at short notice at times of pressure and/or emergency. The post will offer wide-ranging experience within a public health environment and you will play an important role in developing the media and public profile of PHE’s work.

Applicants are strongly advised to use the criteria in the person specification (available online) as sub-headings in their application to make it clear how they meet each of the selection criteria. Please also see job description for competencies

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer.

Option 3 – External

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants).

As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how the PHE Charter is an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

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.

Interview expenses will not be reimbursed.

PHE 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.

For more information please go to the PHE website. You can apply through the following link: https://www.healthjobsuk.com/job/v1878499

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.


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