Enabling Luton to be proud, vibrant, ambitious and innovative.

    Service Director, Public Health

    Salary: £77,706 - £84,804 plus £3,990 Car Benefit


    Right now, the opportunities for development in Luton are amazing. With big plans, fresh ambition and new talent in senior roles, including a new Chief Executive, our prospects look very bright indeed. With this exciting period of growth ahead, our borough’s the place to be, packed with great communities keen to contribute to our exciting future. 

    Reporting to the Corporate Director, Public Health and Wellbeing you will help us reduce inequality in Luton and improve the health and wellbeing of those who live here. You will also commission services for vulnerable adults – everything from mental health promotion and workplace health, to safeguarding and nursing homes.

    This is a broad, exciting and innovative role that will offer an ambitious Public Health Consultant the opportunity to make a real impact as a member of our Senior Management Team. You will make an active contribution to the Council’s strategic plans and policies, whilst motivating staff to deliver high levels of performance and develop to their full potential. You will also operate with a team of professionals across Luton CCG to support the NHS in their commissioning and preventative work.

    If you have the skills, determination and commitment to make a real difference, want an exciting job to further develop and enhance your senior leadership skills and want to influence at the heart of local democracy to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents, this is the job for you and we want to hear from you.


    Closing date: Midday, Monday 23rd September 2019


    Longlisting interview date: Tuesday 1st October 2019

    Final interview date: Tuesday 29th October 2019


    Application process

    For an informal discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultant at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690463 or nick.raper@penna.com


    To apply, please click here 


    Welcome letter


    • Dear Candidate,


      Thank you for your interest in becoming the new Service Director, Healthcare and Adults Commissioning (Consultant in Public Health) at Luton Council. This is an exciting time for Luton and you will have an opportunity to help to reduce inequality and improve the health and wellbeing of those who live here, making a real difference to the future of our fast-paced borough.


      With our ambitious economic growth programmes underway and the planned creation of 18,500 new jobs, we are investing heavily to generate greater opportunities for our residents, partners and local businesses. In doing so we need to ensure that all residents of Luton benefit from the positive physical and mental wellbeing that comes from being in worthwhile employment, and that health-for-all workplace practices that give everyone the opportunity to do rewarding and meaningful work will support inclusive growth.


      As Service Director, you will play a lead role in the development and delivery of a range of key public health and commissioning areas with the opportunity to lead significant themes of work across the council and across our place. You will have the autonomy to make things happen and will provide expert public health advice and leadership to support and inform an evidence-based approach for commissioning and developing high quality equitable services, across primary, secondary and social care and across sectors. 


      We are looking for someone who matches our ambition for our place and for our people. Someone who can think and act strategically, but can also roll your sleeves up. Your values and behaviours will be aligned to ours and you will relish the challenges and opportunities of this role.

      If you have the vision, enthusiasm and experience to make a lasting difference to Luton and our people, we look forward to hearing from you.


      Yours sincerely,


      Gerry Taylor

      Corporate Director, Wellbeing and Public Health
    • Luton Council is focused on reducing inequalities and to achieve this we have an ambitious plan to eliminate poverty in the town by 2040.  This post will play a leading part developing and our health and wellbeing strategy and supporting the delivery of our inclusive growth approach following Inclusive Growth Commissioning analysis.


      This is part of a new department which brings together Public Health and Adult Social Care giving an opportunity to develop a strategic, PH approach to adults commissioning and to ensure high quality services for some of our most vulnerable residents.


      We have made a good start on developing our population health management approach and seek to further develop this working closely with Luton CCG to make better strategic and commissioning decisions.


      We have recently undertaken a PH peer review which concluded that we were operating as a PH council and gave us some clear direction about how we would take the next steps towards an ambition to be a PH town.