Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest in working in Leeds as Deputy Director of Public Health.  I would like to share with you some information regarding the role and our ambitions for Leeds.

Leeds is a large city with both an urban and rural landscape and with a great diversity of communities including some areas of significant deprivation. Over a quarter of the Leeds population (more than 220,000 people) live in areas ranked amongst the most deprived 10% nationally, with 34% of primary school pupils living in these areas. There remains a health inequality gap in our city with over 11 years difference in life expectancy between those with the best and worst health. Closing this gap is a key priority.

The Leeds ambition is for everyone to live healthy and fulfilling lives, both now and for future generations. We want Leeds to be the best city for all ages: a healthy, compassionate, climate resilient city with a strong economy, where people who are the poorest improve their health the fastest. In order to achieve our ambition for every single citizen in Leeds, we must address three interconnected themes that have an enormous impact on our lives: our health, our economy, and our environment. The aims of the three themes are guided by three key strategies for the city: the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy, the Leeds Inclusive Growth Strategy and the recently declared Climate Emergency.

We want Leeds to be a city that is distinctive, sustainable, ambitious, fun and creative for all, with a council that its residents can be proud of: the best council in the country.  We recognise that this vision would not be achievable without the dedication of everyone who works for Leeds City Council.

As one of the largest employers in the region, we employ approximately 14,150 people across a wide range of roles and services.  We are very proud of the work we do every day to help deliver better outcomes for the people of Leeds and have a strong set of values that guide everything we do.

We are ambitious – for Leeds, for our citizens and for our employees. Our strong values of openness, honesty and trust run through everything we do. We work as a team for Leeds to meet challenges head on and deliver outstanding outcomes with compassion and commitment. Our employees talk about the pride they feel in making a difference, and in return for their dedication and contribution we offer a workplace where people feel supported, that celebrates difference, and encourages everyone to grow like the city we love. Our ambition is to make the Council the best place to work.

We are an outward looking city with a long history of asset-based approaches and a vibrant Third Sector. There are positive partnerships with NHS colleagues at city and regional level and this role will be expected to play an active part in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. We have a strong commitment across the Council, NHS and with all our partners to improving health outcomes for our residents.

In joining us as a Deputy Director of Public Health, you will have a leadership role spanning all three domains of public health - health improvement, health protection and healthcare public health. You will also be a key member of the collective leadership within the council and NHS, with the opportunity to shape our health and wellbeing strategy moving forward and with a key role in delivering our agreed vision and plans for transformation and integrated care.

Although there are significant challenges, our continuing strong focus on population health and wellbeing ensures we have robust plans in place to meet our objectives. We are therefore looking for a passionate and visionary Deputy Director of Public Health who will be focused on delivering against statutory duties but also making a much broader leadership contribution to the local priorities. You will play a critical role in improving health outcomes for our communities and addressing health inequalities.

You will also have the opportunity to develop innovative approaches to directly impact on the long term health and sustainability of our communities in Leeds. We need a leader who has vision, energy, creativity, resilience and an absolute focus on improving the health and wellbeing of residents and communities.  Thank you for taking the time to find out more about this opportunity to make a real and positive difference to the lives of the residents of Leeds.

Cath Roff 
Director Adults and Health

Victoria Eaton
Director of Public Health

Tom Riordan
Chief Executive