Graduate Project Officer (Public Health)

Graduate Project Officer (Public Health)

Salary: £16,781 – £17,772 per annum

Location: City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester  LE1 1FZ

2x Full Time (37 hrs/wk), Fixed Term for 6 months – Graduate Opportunity

As part of the City Council’s drive to provide graduates with more opportunities to experience work and develop career paths we are pleased to offer exciting and challenging Graduate Project Officer roles within our Public Health division.

In April 2013, the NHS underwent a major change in its functions and delivery and as a result the responsibility for public health was transferred to local authorities, with portfolios covering various health themes and a number of mandatory services that the Council have to deliver. The work of the division aims to increase the health and wellbeing of the city, looking at maintaining a healthy weight, promoting healthy lifestyle choices and supporting and guiding residents to improve their own, and their family’s, health.

Post 1 – Healthy Minds:

You will support Time to Change Leicester, a local campaign to raise awareness of mental health and challenge mental health stigma.  The objective of this placement is to work with the Public Health Team to develop and stage Time to Talk Day in February 2018, which is an event to challenge silence about mental health problems.

In preparation for the events, you will be expected to learn from, and contribute to, the ongoing campaign. The role will include development of working relationships with other Divisions of the local authority, health and social care commissioners and providers, the voluntary sector and people with lived experience of mental illness. This will require good interpersonal skills to ensure effective partnership working. Under the guidance of the consultant leading on the Healthy Minds agenda, the project will provide the opportunity to work in the area of policy development and delivery, working with a wide range of internal and external partners.

Post 2 – Commissioning & Intelligence:

You will contribute to the successful recommissioning of the integrated sexual health service, a key aspect of the Local Authorities public health function. You will support both Lead Commissioner and the Commissioning Manager to further the procurement through facilitation. The placement will culminate in the creation, in collaboration with the Youth Involvement Lead, and presentation of the results of a young person’s panel.

-You will lead on the creation and implementation of this panel which will provide input into the selection of the provider from a youth perspective;

-You will be involved in developing consultation and carrying this out;

-You will present the results of the consultation to the project board.

Other duties to be undertaken will include organising meetings, managing consultations, and helping prepare briefing papers across various council departments.

Requirements of the posts include:

-Must have graduated in the last 18 months (or due to graduate this summer) with a 2:2 degree or above;

-Experience of and ability to produce professional reports and presentations;

-Proficient in standard Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;

-Demonstrate an interest in working within a project management environment;

-Good communication, interpersonal and networking skills;

-Organisational skills to prioritise and work across multiple tasks, able to manage time effectively and meet tight deadlines.


For an informal discussion please contact Ivan Browne on 0116 454 2024 (Post 1) or Steve Petrie on 0116 454 2025 (Post 2).

Required to start as soon as possible.

Please ensure you provide an email address as this is our method of contact.

Closing Date: 30 July 2017

Post Number: R5645/0617SP/KP

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