Vacancy - Deputy Director of Public Health

Help us to build communities that encourage and support healthy lifestyles.
Job details
Job title and code Deputy Director of Public Health
Salary range £98,913 – £109,185 (2020/21 rates)
Primary work location County Hall, Oxford - with flexible working available
Hours per week 37 hours per week - we are open to discussions about flexible working
Contract type Permanent
Closing date Friday 8 October 2021
Technical interviews w/c 18 October
Interview Thursday 4 November
Criminal record check requirements Standard DBS check
  • Welcome

    Ansaf Azhar, Director of Public Health


    I would like to warmly welcome and thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to become a senior leader within public health and the Oxfordshire County Council.

    Having now worked for just over two years in Oxfordshire, I can say public health has a strong focus across all parts of the system within Oxfordshire.  As the corporate director of public health, I have the privilege to report directly to the chief executive.

    One of the factors that steered me towards Oxfordshire is the fact that public health sits at the corporate level, giving a real opportunity to influence the wider determinants of health.  This helps to shift the focus from just addressing unhealthy behaviours to creating an environment that promotes healthy behaviours in the first place.  The healthy place-shaping agenda in Oxfordshire is led by public health engaging all wider partners across the system.  This has been a real catalyst for addressing some of the key drivers for health inequalities.

    Public health has recently been through a transformation programme to re-design the senior team to become more outward-facing to influence the public health agenda across the system.  As the deputy director of public health, you will be a senior leader within the council influencing and embedding a wider upstream prevention approach of public health across the whole system in Oxfordshire.  In doing this, you will manage a large team and will represent public health within the extended leadership team in the council and the wider system partners. 

    Oxfordshire County Council is flexible, responsive and committed to building thriving communities for everyone. By living our values and working together we can build on our strengths, make continued improvements to every aspect of what we do, and have an even greater impact on the lives of the people and communities of Oxfordshire.

    Delivering the Future Together is our programme for change to help us become a great place to work and the organisation we want to be. Being part of this programme for change makes this a great time to be working for Oxfordshire County Council. The challenges are stimulating and the opportunities to make a difference are plenty.

    I strongly believe, in Oxfordshire in collaboration with others, we have an innovative approach for delivering the public health agenda, and as a deputy director of public health, you will play a vital part in shaping this.  I very much hope you can join us in this journey to make a real difference in protecting and improving the wellbeing of all our communities in Oxfordshire.    

    Ansaf Azhar, Corporate Director of Public Health


These are exciting times to be working in public health in Oxfordshire. With a new vision and the joining up of health and infrastructure through our ambitious healthy place-shaping strategy, Oxfordshire has a great opportunity - with two healthy new towns - to explore how we build communities that encourage and support healthy lifestyles.

We have huge ambitions for the health and wellbeing of our population as evidenced by the launch of the Oxfordshire Tobacco Control Strategy, which aims to reduce the overall prevalence of smoking in Oxfordshire to below 5% by 2025. In doing so, we will achieve our vision to inspire the first smoke-free generation in Oxfordshire.

We are now looking for an inspiring individual to help us deliver our exciting plans. 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 Oxfordshire, reducing inequalities in health outcomes, preventing avoidable ill-health and protecting local communities from public health hazards.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious Deputy Director of Public Health to help drive this ambitious agenda and make a real impact on the quality of life of our population for generations to come.

About the role

Reporting to our Corporate Director of Public Health, Ansaf Azhar, who in turn reports to our Chief Executive, this broad, exciting and innovative role sits at the corporate heart of the council and will offer an ambitious public health professional the opportunity to 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 would like an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, contact Nick Raper on 07715 690463 or email

Find out more about the role - download the job description and selection criteria (pdf format, 80Kb).

About you

Strong partnership working experience, both internally and externally, is essential, coupled with excellent leadership skills and the required specialist public health registration with GMC, GDC or UK PHR.

Rewards and benefits

It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.

We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday time. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary, a range of local and national retail discounts and a host of enhanced family-friendly policies including carers' leave and paid time off for volunteering.

How to apply

If you would like an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, contact Nick Raper on 07715 690463 or email