Public Health Work experience

Closing Date
2nd April 2018
Community, Partnership Working and Commissioning
Job Hours
Period of Contract
1 Week Placement
Contract Type
Enhanced DBS Check Required
Job Information

Calling all Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13s for Work Experience in Public Health Birmingham

What is Public Health?

Public Health helps people to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives from the time they are born, until the end of their life.

Everyone has different health and wellbeing needs which are determined by factors such as where people live and work, the communities that they belong to, their level of access to health care, as well as green spaces such as parks and play areas. These factors are known as the Wider Determinants of Health and they determine how healthy a person is.

Public Health uses the Wider Determinants of Health to understand why certain groups of people are healthier than others. This can help in identifying health inequalities (where certain people live longer and healthier lives than others). Using this information, Public Health provides advice and practical guidance to other organisations such as Local Councils, schools and businesses, so that they work together to ensure that everyone is given the same opportunity to be healthy.

Public Health also works to prevent health problems through advising people to have immunisations, regular health checks and breast feeding young babies. One of the ways that Public Health communicates this information is through it’s social media pages where the latest health news is posted.

It is also important to trial new ways of improving people’s health so Public Health works innovatively to find new solutions to keep people healthy. This could be trialling a new app to encourage people to exercise regularly.

Sometimes Public Health supports people to change their usual behaviour so that they make better choices for example choosing healthier foods or walking instead of using a car. This will help people to make healthier choices and form good habits that will impact on their health now and long into the future.

To find out more about your local Birmingham Public Health organisation, follow them on their Twitter Page #HealthyBrum

Work Experience Details

Public Health Birmingham offers a 1 week task based programme for students interested in a future career in either a clinical or specialist Public Health profession.

Tasks are primarily desk-based and students will be asked to demonstrate skills in statistical data analysis, research and reviewing literature. At the end of the week, all students will be asked to present their work to a Public Health panel.

Students may get the opportunity to attend meetings and speak to Public Health professionals during their 1 week placement.

Public Health Birmingham offers 12 work experience places over 4 weeks during June and July 2018.

We encourage applications from individuals who are in one of the following priority ward areas: Aston; Bordesley, Lozells and East Handsworth, Nechells, Soho, Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath.

Start Date: 25th June 2017

End Date: 20th July 2017

Essential Requirements: Applicants must be from year 11/12/13. The closing date for applications is the 2 of April 2018 applications after this time may not be considered.

All applicants must register to and complete the application form.

Desirable Requirements: Interest in pursuing a health profession / learning about health issues in Birmingham.

Salary: Unpaid. Students will be expected to fund their own travel to and from their work experience and lunch is not provided.

Weekly hours: 30 hours (9:30 to 3:30) 1 hour lunch break at 12:00.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including:
enhanced DBS; Prohibition check; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.
Support Staff
enhanced DBS; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.
All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.
Terms and conditions
BCC is a Living Wage employer. This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment.
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