Director of Health Improvement and Influencing

Salary per annum: £73,940 plus car allowance (Salary review pending)

Role Purpose

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) you will

  • Drive forward our Inform and Prevent agenda seeking to influence the national health agenda of the UK Fire and Rescue Service (UKFRS) through policy work, change campaigns and the delivery of health and wellbeing knowledge, developing health literacy within and across the UKFRS, improving the healthawareness of individuals, groups and organisations and empowering them to make healthy
  • Drive forward external partnerships and especially our relationships with fire service organisations, working to embed the Charity into the business model and provision of support for the health and wellbeing of their workforce.
  • Support, develop and promote health coaching as a tool to develop health literacy across the UKFRS
  • Working closely with the Charity Honorary National Research Lead, be responsible for developing and driving forward all our health research, healthcare knowledge and understanding.
  • Deliver, evaluate, and input into the ongoing development of a range of practical and educational health and wellbeing initiatives that improve the health and happiness of the fire community
  • Play a significant role in driving evidence development, and the production of health and wellbeing multi-media content
  • Play a significant role in the overall leadership and management of the charity, demonstrating the highest standards of professional conduct and modelling behaviours, and attitudes and values consistent with the role and the Charity.
  • Demonstrate a caring, compassionate, and respectful approach to service delivery with the focus of excellence as standard in line with our values.
  • Work collaboratively with other Directors and especially the Director of Beneficiary Services to ensure consistency and congruency of message and service provision.
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Engagement team to actively promote and market Charity services to organisations both within the UKFRS and externally as income generation
  • Support the development and implementation of the Charity Strategic Plan.


  1. The Charity has in place external partnerships with the UKFRS and is seen as a critical partner in the delivery of the FRS business model and provision of support for the health and wellbeing of their workforce
  2. The Charity is recognised as a credible provider of health and wellbeing support for organisations within the UKFRS and within the fire services community; all delivery is underpinned by the Charity definition of quality.
  3. The support and delivery from the Charity results in measurable change in FRS workforce sickness absence as a result in increased health literacy and improved empowerment to make healthy choices.
  4. The Inform and Prevent portfolio is seen as a leading-edge provision for the Charity, setting a new but complementary direction for the development of Charity services.
  5. The Charity has a proactive programme for evidence development that engages across Directorates and supports the production of health and wellbeing multi-media content.
  6. There is clear integration and synergy within and across all service provision ensuring that – from the perspective of the beneficiary – there is a single pathway.
  7. There are outcome measures implemented to evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of Inform and Prevent. Impact measures evaluate real positive change within the beneficiary population.
  8. The Charity has consistently strong links with all key stakeholders such as the National Fire Chiefs Council, Higher Education Institutions maintaining its position within the FRS strategic direction and its presence as a thought leader on health and wellbeing across the life cycle of all in the fire services community.
  9. Operating frameworks for the safe and effective delivery of support are implemented and there is robust and effective governance of all practice.
  10. As a member of the SLT you ensure that external organisational needs are fully represented in contributions to all discussions and decision-making processes that relate to the realization of the strategic plans.
  11. You embody a leadership style that enables and empowers employees to challenge and question; you manage, motivate, and inspire individuals in their development, providing development opportunities as appropriate and within an agreed framework.
  12. Equality, diversity and inclusion is promoted in all aspects of delivery practice and leadership relationships and the values of the Charity are upheld.

Person Specification

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  1. A background in health, fire, health education or similar and experienced in developing external partnerships and influencing a national health agenda through partnership work and change campaigns.
  2. Demonstrable understanding of the social determinants of health, the challenges of working within fire and the ability to unite and use this knowledge to support the health and happiness of the UKFRS community.
  3. Evidence of adaptability, ability to interpret change across both the UKFRS and wellbeing environments and translate this into appropriate provision.
  4. A successful track record of leadership
  5. Evidence of a successful track record in the development and implementation of partnership working
  6. Evidence of successful engagement in research and evidence development in an appropriate area and its translation into practice.
  7. Proven successful experience in leading geographically dispersed teams
  8. Proven experience in direct and indirect management, including all aspects of the employee life cycle
  9. Experience of successfully leading change
  10. Evidence of a professional approach to work with the ability to deliver exceptional results through others who are not necessarily in a line management relationship.
  11. Proven excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  12. Proven ability to work flexibly, be under pressure, prioritise, and to meet demanding deadlines and manage conflicting demands.
  13. Proven evidence of good judgement making timely and confident decisions within the limits of authority of role.
  14. Evidence of solution focused approach and commitment to on-going personal development.
  15. Evidence of successful budget management
  16. Ability to travel

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • Masters level /post-graduate /Doctoral qualification [or equivalent] in relevant subject area
  • Membership of appropriate professional body [if applicable]

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