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Dear Candidate

We’re looking for an ambitious, energetic and visionary public health professional to join our team. If you’ve got experience as a Consultant in Public Health and are looking to develop your senior corporate and public health leadership experience, this is a great opportunity in a forward-looking organisation.

You’d be joining a strong team in a dynamic Directorate of Public Health that has grown in strength significantly over the last few years. Covering all the key elements of public health programmes and services, the directorate also has responsibility for skills, inclusive growth, leisure services, emergency planning and resilience giving opportunities to apply your management, strategy and delivery skills in a broad context.

You’ll report directly to the Director of Public Health and will also be part of the thriving cross-organisational Associate Directors group which plays an important role in developing and driving our corporate strategy and overseeing performance and delivery.

The culture of the borough is one of striving and thriving, where officers and Elected Members want to build on success to help achieve a better quality of lives, healthy outcomes and longer life expectancy for residents.

We have very strong partnership working across a range of organisations including the local NHS, the developing Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System, major businesses and employers and you will be able to use your networking and influencing skills to deliver public health objectives.

As Deputy Director of Public Health you will be helping our successful and ambitious council to meet the challenges associated with the Covid 19 pandemic, whilst delivering our vision for a healthy Solihull, reducing inequalities in health outcomes, preventing avoidable ill-health and protecting local communities from public health hazards.

If you think this fits the picture for you, do consider joining us.

Ruth Tennant
Director of Public Health

Current vacancies

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council: Deputy Director of Public Health

Salary: £83711 to £89304

Solihull MBC have an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, energetic and visionary public health professional looking to progress your career into a Deputy Director of Public Health role within a strong and successful senior leadership team.

The culture of the borough is one of striving and thriving, where officers and Elected Members want to build on success to help achieve a better quality of lives, healthy outcomes and longer life expectancy for residents.

Reporting directly to the Director of Public Health and working closely as a key member of the senior leadership teams in the Council and its partner organisations, you will help to drive forward this vision. This is a unique opportunity to progress your career and deliver in a system-leadership role in a vibrant and successful community.

As Deputy Director of Public Health you will be helping our successful and ambitious council to meet the challenges associated with the Covid 19 pandemic, whilst delivering our vision for a healthy Solihull, reducing inequalities in health outcomes, preventing avoidable ill-health and protecting local communities from public health hazards.

This broad, exciting and innovative role will offer an ambitious Public Health professional the opportunity to develop your career and make a real impact. We are seeking to appoint a visionary and motivational system- leader, with a proven track record of public health success as a Public Health Consultant and extensive experience of partnership working.

If you have the ambition and expertise to progress your career and help us make a real impact in Solihull, then we would love to hear from you. It is important that you are a registered GMC, GDC or UK PHR public health specialist with significant experience in all areas of public health practice.

For more information and to apply, please visit: Penna.Com

For an informal discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultant at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690463.

Closing date: Friday 9th April 2021

AAC/Final Panel: w/c 19th April 2021

Job Description and Person Specification

How to apply

For more information and to apply, please visit: Penna.Com

For an informal discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultant at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690463.

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About Us

Solihull is a place of contrasts. It is repeatedly rated as one of the best places to live in the UK and we celebrate this accolade and take advantage of all the benefits it brings. However, the headline masks some challenges, none more so than the inequality gap between the north and south of the borough. 

We know that Solihull is well placed economically, that people aspire to live and work here, and that this leads to the perception that some of the social challenges are less and easier to tackle than in other parts of our region and country. Whilst this is true in part, it is also the legacy of strong leadership, ambitious foresight/planning and Silhillian endeavour over 30 or more years.

This collection of qualities and characteristics continue to define and distinguish the place and people of Solihull today and will carry us forward to make it an even better and more equal place.

Here is a snapshot of what makes the borough a great place to live, learn, work and play, the challenges it faces and the opportunity that this contrast presents us.

Great things about Solihull

Attractive environment - Two thirds of the borough (11,500 hectares) is Green Belt which is why we have the motto 'Urbs in Rure' – town in country.

Existing regionally and nationally significant economic assets and transport infrastructure - Solihull is most productive economy in the West Midlands in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA) per head of population and per workforce job. In fact, GVA per workforce job has increased by 6% since 2011. These economic assets support over 100,000 jobs. Solihull is home to Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Jaguar Land Rover and major businesses in Solihull Town Centre and high-quality business parks.

Aspirational housing - with values consistently above the regional average.

Excellent schools and education opportunities - 90% of Solihull education providers are deemed good or outstanding and school attainment at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 is above the national average. 

The fastest growing labour market outside of London - Private sector employment grew by 26% (+19,800) between 2010 and 2015.

Good Social Cohesion - 83% of respondents to the Solihull Place Survey 2018 agree that people from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area.

Challenges facing the borough

A prosperity gap - While much of the borough is relatively affluent, 16 out of 134 neighbourhoods are in the most deprived 10% in the country. Impacts are felt across a broad range of outcomes including educational attainment, employment, crime and health.

Creating Growth for All - Inclusive economic growth means ensuring that good opportunities are available to all of our residents, in particular, that people are able to access new employment opportunities and housing.

Amongst the challenges we face is how to adapt our local transport system to cope with current and forecast demand, and how to increase the proportion of people who commute by public transport, walking or cycling. Maximising public transport connectivity is essential in linking major employment sites to residential areas.

In future many new jobs will require higher level skills. We are well placed to meet this skills requirement, however, some residents will require support to access these opportunities. Employment rates for those with lower skills, ill health (particularly for those with a mental health issue), carers and lone parents are much lower than the rest of the population.

A Changing Population - Over recent years, the Solihull population has increased at a much slower rate than nationally but our community is becoming increasingly diverse with a far larger proportion from an ethnic minority background than 10 years ago (14% in 2011 compared to 5% in 2001).

The most significant population change has been the rapid increase in the number of older residents. The 75 and over population in Solihull is expected to grow by around 700 per year over the medium term. By 2027 there are expected to be over 28,200 people of this age living in the borough.

The number of people aged 65 and over with dementia is projected to rise by 39% between 2017-2030, with similar increases for those living with long-term health conditions and the number needing help with self care and mobility tasks. There are also wider community implications of this population growth, particularly as the number of people of this age group living alone is expected to rise by 39% by 2030. Providing a range of appropriate housing options will be critical, as will community support to prevent loneliness in older people.

Our Vision & Priorities

Our vision is for Solihull to be a place "Where everyone has an equal chance to be healthier, happier, safer and prosperous through growth that creates opportunities for all".

To address the challenges and opportunities facing us as a Council, five new priorities – or major steps that we need to take – have been identified.

Our Top 5 priorities are:

  • Securing inclusive economic growth
  • Planning and delivering for Solihull's low carbon future
  • Managing demand and expectation for public services
  • Developing and delivering our approach to services for adults and children with complex needs
  • Making the best use of our people and physical assets

Read more on our vision and priorities in our Solihull Council Plan 2020-2025.

The Council’s five priorities will be delivered through eleven key programmes which each in turn consist of a number of projects and activities (see pages 6-12 in the Council Plan).

Although each of these programmes is aligned to a particular priority, the reality is that each one cuts across and contributes to a number of priorities. Our strategic business planning approach and leadership structures are designed to ensure that all of our priorities, key programmes and activities are developed and delivered in a cross-Council and, where necessary, cross-partner way.

Challenges & Opportunities

Solihull Council aims to improve lives by delivering great services. We have always prided ourselves on high quality services while being efficient, responsible and innovative in the way we use resources.

Some of the challenges for the Council include the following:

  • Increasing demand for specialist services.  For example, Solihull has experienced an increase in the number of looked after children over the past two years. The increase in the number of older residents, particularly those 85, also generates increasing demand for services.
  • Our service design and our workforce need to reflect the increasing diversity of the population that we serve.
  • In designing our offer for the future we have divided our services into three categories (universal, targeted and specialist), each with a different focus and a different proposal. Enabling independence – by encouraging and supporting residents to do as much as possible for themselves, looking out for those around them and coming together with others to tackle local issues – is a theme that runs throughout these offers.
  • We must learn to work even more creatively with our partners to deploy our resources more effectively. At the same time, the political, social and legal complexity of the environment in which we operate requires an efficient and agile organisation that can respond appropriately as priorities shift.

Maximising our opportunities

Despite increasingly constrained central funding and uncertainty over proposed changes to how this funding will be distributed across local government, councils have new opportunities to foster, and to benefit from, local economic growth.

Only by growing our economy, encouraging existing business growth and proactively encouraging Foreign Direct Investment and relocation of national businesses into Solihull, will we expand our ability to generate revenue for our public services through local business rates as well as provide employment opportunities. This will mean bringing our physical infrastructure, land and human assets into a coherent policy to support this economic growth. Our track record is very strong in this area but achieving this will require a renewed vigour into the next decade.

Securing economic growth is not an end in itself, but is a means of achieving wellbeing, inclusion and shared prosperity. We have strengths in many areas and we need to build upon these strengths in order to ensure that our economic growth is relevant to all of our population, providing opportunities for all.

Our approach to regeneration has been strong for a number of years. How we work with the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP and our Urban Growth Company into the next decade is mission critical to maintain our position and increasing our relevance to the UK economy.

Our relationship with the European and global economy is changing. Our positioning in Solihull, as a council, across those things that we are legally required to do and as a people and place leader will require even greater skill and the ability to adapt.

Managing change, at pace, and often without a longer-term view will require determination and adaptability as well as joined up thinking and action. Here in Solihull we are preparing to be ready for beyond the horizon.


Further Reading

For more information about the Council and other useful reading please take a look at the following additional documents and links:

Additional Information Relating to the Deputy Director –Public Health Role:

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About Solihull

The present Metropolitan Borough of Solihull has existed since 1 April 1974 when the Local Government Act 1972 came into force and created the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

This new Metropolitan Borough was formed by merging the old County Borough of Solihull with parts of Stratford and Meriden Rural District Councils. The new borough incorporated the civil parishes of Balsall, Barston, Berkswell, Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Fordbridge, Hampton-in-Arden, Hockley Heath, Kingshurst and Meriden, covering a total area of 44,495 acres with a population of 206,700*.

Solihull has been voted as one of the best places to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost 70 percent of our borough is designated as green belt. We enjoy great communication links with the M40, M42 and M6 all close by and an excellent network of railways plus, of course, an international airport.

We are home to the award winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre and the Genting Arena including Resorts World.

*2011 census

Did you know?

  • The name Solihull probably derives from the Old English sol hyll meaning 'muddy hill'.
  • People born in Solihull are referred to as ‘Silhillians’.
  • Solihull's motto is 'Urbs in Rure' which translates as 'the town in the country'.
  • The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull houses the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world: 1,000 machines from 171 different manufacturers.
  • Solihull has over 1,500 acres of parks and open spaces - 14 of which hold the Green Flag Award status.
  • As well as Jaguar Land Rover, Solihull is also home to the Genting Arena, NEC and Birmingham Airport.
  • Traditionally, Meriden (one of the villages in Solihull) has been considered the geographical centre of England.

Famous Silhillians include:

  • Author - John Wyndham
  • Actors - Stephanie Cole, Lucy Davis, Felicity Kendal
  • Presenters - Simon Mayo, Richard Hammond
  • Newsreaders - Michael Buerk, Lizo Mzimba
  • Sportsperson - Martin Johnson (former England rugby captain)
  • Comedian - Stewart Lee