Suffolk County Council

£30,151 per annum (pro rata for part time)

25.9 hours per week (3.5 days)

Fixed term – 12 months

We are committed to flexible working, so please read the Job and Person Profile to find out about the types of flexible working available for this role.

We welcome applications from all, but particularly welcome minority sexual orientations, male, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Pagan and White other applicants, those declaring a disability and those aged over 65, as individuals from these groups, are either underrepresented or not represented in the Public Health and Communities Directorate.

Job Details

We are seeking an enthusiastic, confident, and self-motivated person to work part-time (3.5 days/week) as part of a new and exciting 12-month project to reduce smoking in routine and manual workers in Ipswich.

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    Smoking prevalence amongst people working in jobs classed as routine and manual was five times that of people working in other occupations in Ipswich. The data (2019) shows that smoking prevalence among people working in Ipswich in jobs classed as routine and manual was 42.5% compared to the England average of 23.2%.

    The purpose of this post is to foster a change of attitude to tobacco smoking amongst routine and manual workers and workplaces in Ipswich and reduce in tobacco dependency. The project will explore best practice interventions for behavioural change and methods to enable access stop smoking support, e-cigarettes and campaigns and engaging routine and manual worker and workplaces in the process.

    The successful candidate will build relationships and collaborate with a range of agencies, organisations and businesses to deliver a project that is responsive to the needs of routine and manual workers. They will liaise with ICB partners and support the lead in reporting to the ICS Tobacco steering group. The role is supported by the Project Lead.

    Your role and responsibilities

    Your role will be to engage with workplaces and employees in routine and manual occupations in Ipswich to better understand smoking and the wider determinants of smoking within the routine and manual workforce. And to use these findings to develop access to stop smoking support, information sharing on tobacco use, quitting smoking using e-cigarettes and the potential for improving the health and wellbeing of the workforce. You will engage with businesses and workplaces you will explore how they can contribute to creating smokefree workplaces and supporting their employees to quit.

    You will be required to work with the project lead to develop and deliver the project plan and ongoing evaluation using evidence-based approaches in line with national guidance and good practice and in partnership with a range of organisations including Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (SNEE ICS), Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, businesses, organisations and communities.

    You will need

    We are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual with proven and relevant knowledge and experience of delivering projects.

    The role is ideally suited to people with strong communication skills and have the ability to develop positive relationships with individuals and organisations. You will be IT literate and able to confidently use online methods of communication.

    You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile (link below). If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all the requirements, please apply. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

    The team

    You will be working in the Healthier People and Futures Team within the Suffolk Public Health and Communities directorate. The purpose of the team is to support people to live healthier lives and work to ensure everyone in Suffolk has a good chance of a healthier future.

    We are a passionate and supportive team, who are committed to the residents of Suffolk. We value teamwork, a solution focused approach and positive working relationships.

    We will offer you

    An excellent opportunity to gain experience in working in public health. Opportunities to develop your skills and experience, supported by induction, in-house training and other learning opportunities.

    Travel and workplace requirements

    We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate, but as this role is community based, you will need to travel independently to locations across the Ipswich area. You must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

    This role is mainly based in the community; however, you may also have the opportunity to work from home occasionally and you will have an office base. Please contact the recruiting manager listed above if you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements.

    For more information

    For an informal discussion, please contact Imogen Sherwood (she/her) by emailing imogen.sherwood@suffolk.gov.uk.

    Please read the Job and Person Profile (JPP) before applying for this job opportunity.

    Option 1: In your application, please ensure your statement indicates how you meet each of the criteria in the ‘Person Profile’ section of the JPP.

    Closing date: 11:30 pm, 7 February 2023

    This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

    We offer a fantastic, inclusive working environment including diverse and active staff networks, great flexible working options and many benefits, as well as the opportunity to improve the lives of Suffolk residents.

    Benefits include:
    Performance-related annual pay progression, in addition to an annual cost-of-living pay increase

    The opportunity to join a large, diverse organisation, with career opportunities across our services

    A supportive culture, underpinned by our WE ASPIRE values

    Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

    Up to 28 days annual leave entitlement, plus UK bank holidays and two paid volunteering days

    An occupational sick pay scheme

    Learning and development opportunities, including a range of work-based apprenticeships

    Flexible working options, with the right to request flexible working from your first day

    A range of staff networks centred around equality groups

    Plus more

    If you would like to know more about our benefits, values and equality commitments please visit our Working for Suffolk County Council pages (www.Suffolk.gov.uk/careers).

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