Public Health Scotland is a unique partnership between the Scottish Government and Scotland’s local authorities. We were formed in April 2020 to make real improvements to the health outcomes experienced by some of our communities.

As you can imagine the COVID-19 pandemic has been a big part of our early workload. However, we have a much broader mission to make a real difference in the lives of our communities. We will do this in a number of ways, by doing:

  • what works
  • what has an impact
  • what has a positive result for those living in our less advantaged areas

As advocates of change we are a strong independent voice. We learn from what we do and have the courage to stop doing those things that do not achieve the impacts we need.

We are looking for a number of people to join our leadership team.

We have provided contact details within each job advert so you can speak to one of our directors to get a better insight into our vision and the skills we need to fill these strategic roles.

If you share our passion for making Scotland a safer healthier place where all our citizens have the opportunity to fulfil their potential we would love to talk.

Living and working in Central Scotland

Central Scotland is an exciting place to live and work. It has a diverse and rich cultural history. The area includes Scotland’s two largest cities - Glasgow in the west and Edinburgh in the east. The area is home to about half of Scotland’s population and offers a huge range of cultural, sporting and recreational activities.

The area plays host to the world renowned Edinburgh Festival each summer and Scotland’s first National Park, which incorporates Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, is less than an hour from the centre of Glasgow.

In addition, there is excellent shopping, galleries, museums and a healthy dose of fresh air with plenty of opportunities for outdoor pursuits including hillwalking, golfing, cycling and even paragliding!

Central Scotland is well connected with excellent rail services to all major cities and easy access to the motorway network. Glasgow and Edinburgh airports offer links across Europe, North America and the Middle East.

We believe that our people are our greatest asset and we assure you of the warmest of welcomes.

The roles

All our roles are based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow, though the successful candidates will largely be working from home initially. Applicants on any working pattern are welcome to apply for these roles though it will be important that the candidates are able to attend Board meetings and Committees.

We are looking for a Head of Healthcare Public Health to provide professional leadership, management and specialist advice on healthcare public health issues within a national context. You will be focussed on transforming Scotland’s public health system, through effective working relationships with stakeholders such as NHS Scotland, Scottish Government and partner organisations.

You will be joining a new senior team, working to effect change to improve outcomes for people in communities and to develop and enable a Public Health Scotland culture with a focus on impact and solutions.

You will be a public health consultant and experienced leader who has already worked at a senior level within a large, complex organisation. You will have a track record of working with boards and delivering and embedding real change in your sector and across organisational boundaries. You will have vision and imagination and will be change, action and results oriented. A key element of the role will be leading and developing the multi-disciplinary teams that you will line manage.

The post holder must be registered on the Specialist Register of the General Medical/Dental Council in Public Health or on the UK Public Health (Specialist) Register. Applications will be considered from Specialist Registrars with Part B MFPH if they can evidence expected CCT award within six months of the interview date. Applications will also be considered from specialists who can demonstrate that an application has been made to the UK Public Health Register and that acceptance is anticipated within 6 months.

The post will report directly to the Director of Public Health Science in Public Health Scotland.

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For an informal discussion or to find out more, please contact Nick Phin, Director of Public Health Science on to arrange a suitable time.

The recruitment process

The recruitment process is split into three stages:

  1. A first interview. This will be carried out using Microsoft Teams.
  2. An online assessment.
  3. A final interview. This will take place in our Edinburgh office.

Key dates

The application deadline for the roles of Head of Economy and Poverty, Head of Governance and Resources and Head of Strategy and Transformation has now passed. The key dates are:

  • first interview - 8 to 13 December 2021
  • online assessment - 14 to 17 December 2021
  • final interview -  7 to 14 January 2022

For the Head of Healthcare Public Health, the key dates are:

  • first interview - 17 January 2022
  • online assessment - 19 January 2022
  • final interview - 28 January 2022


For advice on the process please contact Jayne-Marie McIntyre by emailing

Last updated: 15 November 2021
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