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Consultant in Public Health Medicine (Non-Medical)

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is a career changing opportunity for either a medical consultant or a non-medical professional.

Leading MFT's response to the health inequalities agenda, you'll help to define & deliver on our role in preventing ill health, addressing healthcare inequalities & improving health equity, gaining invaluable exposure, boosting your career at the largest NHS Trust in England. And, as we strive to improve services for our patients, families, & our teams too, you'll have access to the largest digital EPR system of its kind; 'Hive' to drive a culture of innovation.

You'll have the skill to operate across organisations with sound understanding of the NHS & Local Authority agendas, working with system partners & acting as a conduit between MFT & public health teams in Manchester, Trafford & the wider ICS, identifying future population health priorities.

With a high level of tact and diplomacy with an understanding other culture to enable effective working across organisational boundaries, skilful influencing will be imperative to your success in this role.

*Importantly, if you're a non-medical professional reading this, you'll need to have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience of public health medicine practice to apply (see conditions in the Person Specification). If you're reading this as a medical consultant and sit on the GMC/GDC Specialist Register, then you should apply using our alternate medic advert by clicking below:

Main duties of the job

  • Inclusion on either the GMC/GDC Specialist Register or UK Voluntary Register (UKVR) for Public Health Specialists is essential, with strong interpersonal skills & personal credibility, you'll quickly gain the confidence of & build relationships with others, including managers, clinicians, and colleagues at all levels.
  • A strategic thinker with proven leadership skills, you'll lead the communication, dissemination, implementation & delivery of national, regional & local policies; developing interagency and interdisciplinary strategic plans and programmes, with delegated authority to deliver key public health targets.
  • Innovative and creative in your approach, you'll develop & maintain a strong interface with senior leaders within the Trust to ensure synergy between the corporate agenda & Population Health, identifying opportunities for implementing new ways of working or ways of improving services.
  • Knowledgeable in methods of developing clinical quality assurance, quality improvement & evidence based clinical and/or public health practice, you'll provide expert advice to support evidence-based provision, prioritisation of services for the population (and in some circumstances, for the individual) to maximise opportunities for health improvement.
  • Importantly, you'll demonstrate MFT values & behaviours & strive to continuously set & maintain the highest standards for both yourself & your team, motivating & inspiring others to achieve these.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Qualifications - Academic / Professional


  • Inclusion in the GMC/GDC Specialist Register or UK Voluntary Register (UKVR) for Public Health Specialists
  • If included in the GMC/GDC Specialist Register in a specialty other than public health medicine/dental public health, candidates must have equivalent training and/or appropriate experience of public health medicine practice
  • Public health specialist registrar applicants who are not yet on the GMC Specialist Register/GDC Specialist List in dental public health/UKVR must provide verifiable signed documentary evidence that they are within six months of gaining entry at the date of interview
  • MFPH by examination, by exemption or by assessment

Skills, knowledge requirements and experience


  • Strategic thinker with proven leadership skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (including dealing with the media)
  • Effective interpersonal, motivational, and influencing skills
  • Ability to respond appropriately in unplanned and unforeseen circumstances
  • Good presentational skills (written and oral)
  • Sensible negotiator with practical expectation of what can be achieved
  • Substantially numerate, with highly developed analytical skills using qualitative and quantitative data
  • Resource management skills
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple organisations
  • High level of understanding of epidemiology and statistics, public health practice, health promotion, health economics and health care evaluation
  • Good understanding of NHS and Local Authority agendas
  • Knowledge of methods of developing clinical quality assurance, quality improvement and evidence based clinical and/or public health practice
  • Understanding of social and political environment
  • Understanding of local authorities and social services
  • Project management skills
  • Staff management and training
  • Practical experience in facilitating change
  • Budget management skills


  • Training and mentoring skills
  • Scientific publications, presentations of papers at conferences, seminars etc.

Personal attributes


  • Strong commitment to public health principles
  • Able to prioritise work, and work well against a background of change and uncertainty
  • Adaptable to situations, can handle people of all capabilities and attitudes
  • Commitment to team working and respect and consideration for the skills of others
  • High standards of professional probity
  • Strong interpersonal skills and personal credibility, with the ability to quickly gain the confidence of and build relationships with others, including managers, clinicians, and all staff
  • Innovation and creativity - ability to make decisions that encourages new ways of working and develop a culture of innovation with a willingness to take calculated risks
  • Achievement focused - ability to set targets and get things done to achieve continuous improvement
  • Politically astute
  • Resilient under pressure and calm in a crisis
  • Sets high standards for self and team, and motivates and inspires others to achieve these
  • Committed to support and delivery a culture of continuous learning for both self and team
  • Initiative - see opportunities and acts on them - proactive rather than reactive approach
  • Decision making - ability to make decisions based on an analysis of key financial, people or service concepts
  • A commitment to the ethical standards expected of public sector leaders in the UK including the fit and proper person's test
  • Demonstrates organisational values and behaviours

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