Health Impact Assessment Officer - 2 year Fixed Term Contract
This innovative role will work across Public Health and Planning to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Tower Hamlets and reduce health inequalities, working as part of a team focusing on Healthy Environments and Communities and in partnership with Planning and Development.
The post holder reports to the Programme Lead for Healthy Environments and will lead on all aspects of the delivery of the emerging Health Impact Assessment (HIAs) policy implementation, and assisting on wider programme areas where required agreed.
This is a strategic role that requires the post holder to lead, develop and sustain strategic partnerships across all sectors, organisational and professional boundaries particularly planning, in order to promote and develop HIAs and the HIA process.The post holder will work remotely and independently, in order to develop the appropriate use of HIA across the borough to ensure they are proportionate to the development or policy in question and the risk and opportunities posed by it.
HIAs provide a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, programme or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population. Ensuring issues are identified, assessed, and mitigated and considered at an early stage in developing planning proposals can help to improve both the physical and mental health of the population. HIAs are designed to consider whether a development proposal or policy might reinforce health inequalities and inadvertently damage people's health, or actually have positive health outcomes for the local community and establish measures to mitigate poor health outcomes and enhance positive outcomes.
Specifically, the post holder will:
- Be the Council’s specialist advisor on reviewing Health Impact Assessments (HIA) received as part of assessing development schemes received at pre-application and planning application stage.
- Provide more general policy and guidance in realising healthy and sustainable communities and provide high quality services that meet the needs of - Tower Hamlets’ multicultural communities.
- Help establish a platform to review and then monitor received HIA including coordinating / commissioning a robust evaluation on the effectiveness of HIAs within the development management setting.
- Work in partnership with colleagues in development management to ensure that HIAs complement existing statutory protocol around Environmental - Impact Assessments to promote sustainable development.
- Promote the work and services of the Directorate and work closely with other directorates to ensure effective liaison with other internal and external services and bodies.
- Contribute to the regeneration of the borough through the effective application of all planning powers, as relevant to the post and partnership, working with regeneration agencies within and outside of the Council.
As an experienced public health / planning / impact assessment professional, you will help drive the healthy environments programme by employing a diverse skill set.
The key areas of responsibility for this post include the following:
- Planning and development – HIA
- Insight and intelligenceStrategy, and partnership engagement
- Policy implementation
- Evaluation, innovation and research
- Developing public health skills and leadership
You will need to have demonstrable and comprehensive knowledge of Health Impact Assessment policy, practice, guidance and procedures and knowledge of planning legislation and development management processes is essential.
You are likely to be requested to be available for occasional evening and weekend meetings, subject to the requirements of the work programme.
This post is open to the following types of applicants: Redeployees/ Internal/ External
If this role is available to Internal employees only, this will include agency workers but does not include independent contractors or Skills Match trainees
All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.
Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants should click "Apply" and go through the Council's website.