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Health Improvement Specialist

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa/pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Health Improvement Specialist to work in the South Devon Bowel Cancer Screening Centre .

This is initially a fixed term role for 1 year with the expectation of the post becoming permanent if measurable outcomes are delivered.

Whilst this is advertised as a full time position, part time hours would be considered for the right candidate

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a highly motivated person who wishes to progress their career in public health and play a part in addressing the health inequalities and health outcomes within the South Devon Bowel Cancer Screening Centre catchment area of Torbay, Teignbridge, the South Hams and Plymouth.

Together with the Screening Centre Director, Programme Manager and Lead Specialist Screening Practitioner, and in collaboration with the Screening and Immunisation team of NHS England, the post holder will represent the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme within the Trust and externally.

You will need to be an approachable, flexible and committed individual who enjoys developing innovative solutions, as well as being an exceptional communicator with the ability to work positively and collaboratively.

A good understanding of the area and demographics would be desirable.

The post holder will lead on undertaking a health equity assessment for the screening centre, with the aim of developing key stakeholder engagement for the piloting, delivery and evaluation of strategies to reduce barriers and increasing uptake in targeted groups within the screening centres eligible population.

You would be required to work flexibly and agilely with a combination of home based, cross site, community and occasional office based working.

About us

The South Devon Bowel Cancer Screening Centre provides the national screening programme to the eligible population of Torbay, Plymouth, the South Hams and Teignbridge. The Screening Centre is hosted by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, with screening sites at Torbay and Derriford Hospitals. Our team of Specialist Screening Practitioners work flexibly across both screening sites, with an administrative team at each site.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead on strategic and operational development for targeted health improvement for the South Devon Bowel Cancer Screening centre (SDBCSC). Be responsible for the long-term strategy and its implementation.
  • To reduce the barriers and inequalities to bowel cancer screening across the SDBCS catchment area
  • To develop a range of projects and initiatives to engage difficult to access groups with the programme safely and proficiently using evidence-based health promotion activities and project management expertise.
  • To co-ordinate analyse and monitor activities across all stakeholders within the SDBCSC catchment area
  • To use expert knowledge of evidence-based community development techniques to engage and support diverse populations within the eligible age range.
  • To assess the needs of the population to create and provide appropriate health information considering language and literacy and ensure availability when required
  • Prepare and deliver a range of reports as required.
  • To monitor and evaluate outcomes data and act on any emerging trends for service development
  • To develop health champions within targeted groups to reduce barriers to participation in the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge, experience and skills


  • Degree in Health promotion/public health or related discipline
  • Extensive knowledge of public health
  • Knowledge of effective health promotion methods, approaches, principles and practices including community development
  • Experience of leading public health campaigns involving a variety of stakeholders
  • Report writing
  • Excellent IT and data management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to use different social media platforms
  • Proven presentation skills


  • Masters qualification in related discipline
  • Management experience in relevant field
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Management of multi-agency and multi professional meetings/events
  • Experience of public speaking
  • Facilitation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital

Lowes Bridge



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