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Health Improvement Practitioner Advanced

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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To provide a strategic lead in the development of the health improvement agenda across Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust, ensuring alignment with local and national Public Health strategies. To lead on the implementation of specialist local health improvement programmes within the adult and older adult inpatient setting in identified priority areas.

To work closely with the Healthy Living Service Operations Manager, Service Leads and Public Health colleagues across the city to contribute to the work of the healthy living service and the wider Trust

Band 7, subject to consistency checking

Main duties of the job

  • Programme management of public health programmes addressing health inequalities within the service user population. Including implementation of evidenced based health improvement interventions in the identified priority areas - smoking cessation, physical activity, healthy eating and alcohol use.
  • To develop systems and processes to support, monitor and evaluate health improvement activity within the service user population.
  • To provide line management, including regular supervision and yearly appraisals, to a team of Healthy Living Advisors delivering first line healthy living interventions.
  • To foster a culture of ongoing improvement and innovation in order to respond to service demand and the evolving needs of the service user population.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Review and map healthy living opportunities available to the service user population in the Leeds health economy, identifying where there are demonstrable gaps.
  • Undertake health needs assessments in partnership with relevant staff/partners and make recommendations for work stream priorities both internally and with external partner organisations.
  • Identify priorities and develop long term strategies and action plans for public health programmes and initiatives to address identified gaps.
  • Interpret and apply the current evidence base to inform public health and health improvement practice and policy development within the setting.
  • Develop and sustain clear and effective referral pathways to relevant NHS and local health initiatives/services where uptake amongst the service user population is known to be low e.g. CHD prevention, smoking cessation, weight management, and annual health checks.
  • Provide strategic support Trustwide to develop and deliver on the physical health improvement agenda e.g. CQUINs
  • To develop, deliver and evaluate relevant Public Health/health improvement training for a wide range of both internal and external staff.
  • Ensure health improvement work of the healthy living team and wider Trust is aligned to citywide priorities through fostering a wide network of multiagency working with public health and other colleagues.
  • Provide specialist health improvement and public health advice and support other members of the team and colleagues across the Trust in using core health improvement principles.

Be an active member of relevant citywide Public Health initiatives and develop strong relationships with partners in Leeds City Council and other city wide partners.
  • The postholder must be a persuasive advocate for health improvement and reducing health inequalities experienced by the service user population.
  • The postholder will have regular contact and must be able to communicate effectively with the following;

Local, for example; Leeds City Council staff , Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP practices and Voluntary Community and Faith Sectors

Sub-Regional/Regional, for example; Public Health England local office, Public Health Directorates within Yorkshire and Humber and NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team

National/International, for example; Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England

Communicates and has contact with:

Other NHS organisations and Public Health Teams within North of England
  • To translate the current evidence base around health improvement and tackling health inequalities in to practice within a mental health setting and ensure this is reflected in service outcomes.
  • To support the healthy living advisors in providing evidence based, personalised healthy living programmes and interventions for individuals with complex physical and mental health needs within the constraints of available resource
  • To maintain an oversight of the healthy living case load, supporting the Healthy Living Advisors to meet the needs of a diverse range of service users through evidence based practice across different sites and age ranges, within the available resource.
  • Advising/interpreting how a range of policies/procedures/guidelines may impact on health promotion service provision and development.
  • Plans and delivers a range of health improvement/health promotion training to a wide range of staff

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree level qualification in appropriate health related subject
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of public health/health improvement specifically in relation to health inequalities
  • Understanding of partnership/multiagency working specifically to reduce health inequalities
Skills Essential
  • Planning and organisational skills to meet competing demands and work independently

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