Environmental Health Officer - Covid-19 Test & Trace

West Midlands
£32,234 - £38,890
14 Sep 2020
27 Sep 2020
EH Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

Environmental Health Officer – Covid-19 Test & Trace

£32,234 - £38,890

18-month fixed term contract (part of an out of hours rota)

Ref: coventrycc/TP/192/792

About the team we are recruiting to

As we move into the next phase of Covid-19, local authorities across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire have come together to develop a local plan to manage Covid-19.

Nationally, we are all following Government guidance to stay safe and manage Covid-19. As we begin to return to workplaces, shops and spending time with our families and friends it is important that we all continue to follow guidance to protect ourselves and the people around us.

In Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire we have developed a detailed outbreak control plan to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases to zero and reduce its impact on our most vulnerable residents.

The plan includes 8 key priorities:

  • Community engagement to build trust and participation
  • Preventing infection
  • High risk settings and communities
  • Vulnerable people
  • Testing capacity
  • Contact tracing
  • Data surveillance and integration
  • Deployment of capabilities including enforcement

The plan will help to identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. It will play an increasingly important part in the governments wider strategy to save lives, protect the health and care system as we start to move out of lockdown.

We are looking for individuals to join our Covid-19 Test & Trace team to help support the city, businesses and residents to tackle the virus and return to normal life, as close as possible.

What is the job role?

Do you want to make a difference? Do you hold a qualification in Environmental Health? 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team working in response to Covid-19. You will be working under the general direction of the Food and Safety Manager to enforce all relevant legislation administered by the department, and to educate and encourage the public and business proprietors in order to improve relevant standards. 

Main work duties will include but will not be limited to the following: 

  • Undertake the investigation of complex Covid–19 cases and completion of follow up investigations.
  • Investigation of complaints and enquiries relating to Covid–19, ensuring that all relevant legislation and guidance is being complied with.  
  • Taking appropriate action under the relevant statutory provisions to ensure the department's objectives are met. 

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for qualified Environmental Health Practitioners who have detailed knowledge of the law relating to Environmental Health issues, investigative techniques and law of evidence. Competency in and recent experience of enforcing health and safety and public health legislation is highly desirable as is having the relevant qualifications and competencies to inspect the full range of businesses as required by the Food Law Code of Practice.

You must be able to demonstrate your ability to receive and record information accurately and skills in report writing. You will be working on a project related to the current pandemic so prioritising workloads and meeting deadlines is key.  

To apply for this role, you must possess a Degree or Diploma in Environmental Health (or equivalent) and be EHRB registered. 

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award-winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement, please include the following examples in your application: 

  • How you are able to receive and record information accurately. 
  • Demonstrable practical experience in several areas of work within an Environmental Health environment; a focus on health and safety and public health will be desirable.  
  • How you have worked in partnership with others to achieve a mutual goal.   

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please visit our website.

Closing date: 27 September 2020.

Coventry City Council is committed to delivering the best possible services and improving the quality of life for Coventry people. In order to do this effectively we aim to have a workforce that represents the diverse communities we serve, embracing and utilising the broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives this brings.

We are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for all. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition.



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