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1 South Gyle Crescent, EH129EB
£40,872 - £47,846 per year
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Position Type:
Full Time
37.5 week per week
Work From Home:

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The post will be based in Glasgow or Edinburgh (with potential for some home working) and an expectation for some potential travel between the base and other PHS Offices. Due to current COVID restrictions, all staff are currently working remotely from home.

Fixed Term/Secondment Position for 2 years

Public Health Scotland is a new organisation between the Scottish Government and Local Government, working in partnership, to provide leadership to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

Public Health Scotland launched 1st April 2020 with the formal status of a National Special Health Board employing around 1100 people, and with an annual budget of around £60 million, Public Health Scotland will provide authoritative information and services to support people and communities across Scotland. It will lead the national response to unforeseen health emergencies and will contribute to national and local government policy through its provision of robust data and intelligence.

Public Health Scotland (PHS) is responsible for leading and enabling the drive to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across Scotland.

We deliver:

strong public health leadership across the whole public health system in Scotland

 high quality, effective and supportive health improvement, health protection and healthcare public health functions.

We are:

· intelligence, data and evidence led;

· have a key role in enabling and supporting delivery at local level.

We deliver leadership roles in relation to:

· public health research;

· innovation to improve population health and wellbeing;

· supporting the broad public health workforce across Scotland.

PHS is a values driven organisation and we expect all our staff to role model our values in everything they do.

The role of the Digital and Data Innovation Directorate is to harness the power of innovation and data science to transform, expand and release the potential of our data and information assets in order to lead a data driven approach to improving public health outcomes nationally and locally.

The post holder is expected to be part of the data protection team which is responsible for: monitoring and advising on compliance with the 6 data protection principles; escalating issues to the data protection officer or Caldicott Guardian as necessary; enabling the smooth development and review of data sharing and processing agreements; reviewing applications for access to data to the health and social care public benefit and privacy panel; managing information rights, and other requests; carrying out IG audits; delivering training as required; and providing specialist data protection advice.

The remit of this fixed term post will include considerable work in creating an information governance environment for improving the safe delivery of multi-agency care for people affected by problem drug use and will therefore involve collaborating with local public health and clinical teams and other local partners. This is an exciting opportunity to forge close links with our partners who are involved in addressing Scotland’s public health challenges.     

Salary placement will start at the bottom point of the scale unless individuals have previous NHS experience.

Taking account of current restrictions, the posts will be mainly home based, until further notice in line with Government guidelines. When this changes, the posts will be based in Glasgow or Edinburgh (with an ongoing potential for some home working in line with our flexible working practice) and an expectation for some potential travel between the base and other PHS and partner locations. 

Due to our national response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic there will be an expectation for weekend and/or out of hours working

Our benefits package includes pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits.

If you would like to know more about the roles, please contact the Data Protection Officer, Richmond Davies, at  

Further information on PHS is available from:  

Closing date for completed applications is 21st January 2022 and interviews will take place week commencing 31st January.

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail only, so please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders).

Public Heath Scotland is an equal opportunities employer who guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies

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