UK HEALTH AND SECURITY AGENCY
Health Protection Practitioner (Level 1)
Base/location: With regular travel within the geographical area of responsibility and travel elsewhere/nationally as maybe required by the post.
Salary: £28588 to £39691
Hours per week: 37.5 hours per week (part-time, job share, or flexible working will be considered)
Job type: Permanent / Fixed Term
On call required Dependent on role
At the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) our mission is to provide health security for the nation by protecting from infectious disease and external hazards. We are a trusted source of advice to government and to the public, focusing on reducing inequalities in the way different communities experience and are impacted by infectious disease, environmental hazards, and other threats to health.
Our mission is challenging, innovative and in the spotlight. We will work to ensure our people have the diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds we need to thrive, that our employees are representative of the communities we serve and feel valued and enabled to play their part in delivering our work.
Creating our working culture is an ongoing process which we are developing by listening and learning together, hearing and acting upon diverse voices and opinions to develop a common sense of identity and effective ways of working.
The post holder will be part of the multi-disciplinary team providing the day-to-day health protection function, including the management of infectious and environmental hazards and supporting response to major incidents.
The post is an entry level Health Protection development post and as such will develop specialist knowledge and skills to undertake case management, liaise with, and provide health protection advice and response across a range of partner organisations, professionals and the public.
The post holder will undergo a programme of on-going development and education to build on existing knowledge and develop skills to provide specialist health protection advice and meet competencies required to undertake the role.
An important part of our mission at the UKHSA is to help reduce health inequalities across the UK. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted how certain groups are impacted negatively by health inequality, and we want to ensure we learn from these challenges. To do that effectively we need to continue building a talented workforce that represents the diversity of our population. Our ethos is to be an inclusive organisation for all our employees and stakeholders, where differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our workforce and wider communities. This in turn produces more accountable and trusted public services and better decisions; better because they are more attuned to the needs and interests of all our communities, helping to address inequality. We are committed to ensuring our culture and ways of working allow all of our people to thrive at work.
Given the nature of the work of UKHSA, as a Category 1 responder, you may be required in an emergency, if deemed a necessity, to redeploy to another role at short notice. You may also be required to work at any other location, within reasonable travelling distance of your permanent home address, in line with the provisions set out in your contract of employment.
Health and safety
You must co-operate with management in discharging its responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and take reasonable health and safety of yourself and others and ensure the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for service users, employees and visitors.
Centre / divisional directors - are responsible for coordinating health and safety activities in their centres / divisions and will determine the necessary management structure and arrangements.
Directors will ensure that their actions and decisions at work reinforce the requirements of UKHSA’s health and safety policy and arrangements.
Managers - are responsible for implementing the organisation’s health and safety policies and arrangements and for ensuring that risk assessments, safe systems of work, control measures and employee training are up to date and effective. Managers will inspect premises, ensure accidents and incidents are reported/investigated and assist in auditing health and safety management arrangements.
All employees must comply with any health and safety training: report all accidents, incidents, illnesses and untoward occurrences to line management without undue delay and must not interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of other employees.
All employees have a responsibility to report all clinical and non-clinical accidents or incidents promptly and, when requested, to co-operate with any investigation undertaken.
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (If applicable).
If the post holder is required to have contact with vulnerable adults or persons under the age of 18 then the post holder will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service prior to the appointment being confirmed. The disclosure will include details of cautions, reprimands, and final warnings, as well as convictions if applicable. All employees must be familiar with and adhere to the UKHSA child protection and safeguarding adult and children policies and procedures. Employees must comply with all statutory legislation and guidance relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. All employees are required to attend child protection and safeguarding adult’s awareness training, additional training and supervision regarding child protection relevant to their position and role.