Introduction from the Executive Director of Adult, Housing and Public Health Services

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Public Health at Shropshire Council.

Shropshire is a fantastic place in which to live and work, with a clean and beautiful natural environment, communities who look out for each other, whether in our rural areas or within one of our historic market towns, excellent schools, low crime and opportunity for everyone.

The quality of life rightly brings people here, and makes people want to stay. There are 310,000 people living in Shropshire (Office for National Statistics, 2014), 16.8% are in the age range of 0 – 15 years, 60.4% in the range of 14 – 64 years and 22.9% are 65 years and over.

Life expectancy for men and women is higher than the England average. However, on average only the first 64 years for men and 66 years for women are without chronic condition or ill health

Shropshire Public Health contributes towards the following Shropshire Council’s outcomes and the post of Director of Public Health is key to making this happen:

  • Protecting and improving health, wellbeing and safety and enabling communities to be resilient;
  • Creating cleaner, safer, healthier and sustainable environments.
  • Supporting economic growth.

Shropshire has a feel of quality and excellence and we want to build on this as we move forward.

We are looking for someone who will be an excellent leader and who will be passionate and articulate in taking forward the vision for the organisation. You will be a member of the Adults and Public Health Service Senior Management Team working together to achieve our ambitions.

We need you to demonstrate considerable partnership and relationship management skills in implementing agreed priorities to deliver against our desired outcomes, and in bringing our range of partners and our diverse communities with us on the journey.

You will be innovative and creative in your approaches to the external opportunities that also present themselves in working with our partners. Internally you will lead the Public Health and associated services including Regulatory Services, Registrars and Coroners, and Emergency Planning ensuring an effective whole system approach and an integrated strategy is in place, working collaboratively with partners and stakeholders.

If you have ambition, drive and energy, coupled with experience and creativity, then we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Andy Begley

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