Health Improvement Programme Manager (Sexual Health & Substance Misuse)

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 6 (£38,023 - £43,720) per annum
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Contract
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 25/01/2022 at 23:55
Reference: REC1077VR

Please note this is a fixed term contract or secondment opportunity until May 2023.

We are looking for a person who has management experience as a provider or commissioner of health improvement services to join our team. This is a great opportunity for someone who has a broad range of transferable skills and wants to positively impact sexual health services and support services for people who use drugs. It will be interesting, challenging and you will be impacting front line service delivery.

The Public Health Programmes Team is looking to recruit a Health Improvement Programme manager (Range 6). This is a temporary post to cover maternity until May 2023. This post will report to the Senior Public Health Manager (Vulnerable Adults) and will be responsible for substance misuse and sexual health programmes of work.

Strong applicants will have knowledge and recent experience of:

- being part of a system that puts people / clients / patients front and centre of service delivery

- Using data to identify health needs in the population and plan services appropriately

- Promoting health and addressing health inequalities; particularly in sexual/reproductive health or for people who use drugs/alcohol

- Health protection (communicable diseases and harm reduction)

- Providing health advice

- Audit, Evaluation. Performance management and continuous development of commissioned services.

- Working to policies and guidance

- Collaborative working with stakeholders from voluntary, statutory and private sectors.

Tasks will include:

- Researching and writing reports

- Project proposals and project management

- Commissioning services to support people who use drugs

- Commissioning sexual and reproductive health services

- Performance management of services

- Budget monitoring and forecasting

- Building and maintaining collaborative partnerships

- Identifying and implementing system wide solutions to complex problems

- Chairing multi-disciplinary teams including Drug Related Death Panel and the Medway Blue Light Project

- Delivering training and public speaking

- Supporting the wider work of the Public Health Directorate

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Aeilish Geldenhuys on 01634 333147

Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How toapply

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If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.


All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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