Public Health Intelligence Analyst

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Somerset County Council

Taunton, United Kingdom

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£25,991 - £29,577

We are looking to recruit a Public Health Intelligence Analyst to join a friendly, welcoming and vibrant Public Health team. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of local people. You will fulfil a vital contribution to the vision of Somerset’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy through evidence analysis that enables informed decision-making.

Here's what you can expect to be doing

You will be responsible for designing and supporting the recording of data to feed into performance reporting and need analysis. This will include basic training of frontline staff on the recording data for the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) and refining the processes through engagement with the service. You will oversee the School Health and Wellbeing Survey designing the questionnaires using the in-house consultation software and refining the question set based on feedback from stakeholders while accounting for the potential reporting implications.

You will be responsible for maintaining and developing automated performance reporting making significant use of Power BI to achieve this. There are a number of existing reports which need to be modernised and automated in this way including NHS Health Checks, NCMP and other smaller projects.

You will make use of a variety of tools – including Power BI, Power Queries, Excel, Access and MAPInfo – to make complex information often with advanced statistical data (such as standardised rates and confidence intervals) and make this accessible to audiences as appropriate.

You will work independently engaging inquisitively and astutely with customers and stakeholders to identify their needs and propose the most effective and timely solutions. However, you will have the support of the Epidemiologist (line manager) and other colleagues within the Public Health Intelligence team as required.

You will be a key point of contact for the wider public health team in understanding what data is available to them and what data will be useful for their purposes. You will also be expected to support colleagues in understanding how to use these available tools effectively. To this end you should work on and maintain a good comprehensive knowledge of data flows from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Public Health England (PHE), NHS Digital, NHS England and others. Specific attention should be given to the health profiles available from PHE as well as locally to the information held withing the Somerset Intelligence webpages.

In addition to publicly available information you will have access to some public health service dataset, project data as well as mortality and hospital activity data. You will be actively engaged in contributing to health needs assessments and other reports undertaken by colleagues within the team. You may also have the opportunity lead on need assessment, health equity audits and other reports with direction from a lead within the Public Health team and support from the Epidemiologist (line manager).

Finally, you will be responding to ad-hoc queries to support a range of customers with a wide array of needs setting clear expectations while providing expert advice around data and its use.

A few things about you

You should have a passion for improving the lives, health and wellbeing of local communities and people and be enthusiastic about improving population health and addressing inequalities. You should have an awareness for public health approaches and a desire to support the implementation of these through accurate and insightful data analysis and performance reporting.

You should enjoy complex problem solving with data, databases and data models and be driven to constantly improve and develop your own data manipulation and analysis capabilities. Additional you should be keen to design processes for accurate recording of data and want to work with operational colleagues to make sure these processes are appropriate and supportive to their work.

You will need to have a strong skillset with relational databases and should be confident in using Power Bi, Power Queries and Excel. Experience of working with Access, SQL databases, GIS software will also be beneficial.

You will need to have excellent communication skills and be confident in presenting complex information to a variety of different audiences.

You will be expected to have advanced statistical achievement (undergraduate degree or above) and experience of working within analysis roles preferably within a public health or related field. You will need to be comfortable applying and understanding statistical content.

You will understand the importance of information governance and steps that should be taken to ensure and protect the privacy of information relating to individuals and vulnerable groups.

Additional information

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

The post is for 37 hours per week; however, flexible working arrangements will be considered. The county council is currently supporting remote working where at all possible.

The salary for this role is £25,991 - £29,577.

Interviews will take place virtually, via MS Team on Friday 30th July.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Jack Layton, Public Health Specialist – Epidemiologist on 01823 35 5084 or email

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.


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