Decision details

COVID-19 - Health Protection Team 2 x Advanced Health Improvement Specialists (Health Protection) on a temporary basis for 12 months

Reference: D52164

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decision:

The Director of Public Health noted and agreed that:-

Due to the global Public Health emergency COVID-19 pandemic, the Leeds Outbreak plan and the Test and Trace programme there is a need to scale up the Health Protection team.


The Director of Public Health has key responsibilities on behalf of the Council to manage the outbreak plan and due to the significant increase in need for specialist support and advice approval is sought to immediately increase the Public Health, Health Protection team by 2 x PO4 Advanced Health Improvement Specialists (Health Protection) on a temporary basis for 12 months.


These posts are exempt from the current recruitment controls due to being funded by the Test and Trace ring-fenced grant, in addition the post falls within the boundaries of the recruitment and staff control guidance set out on the 10th June 2020 as the posts will lead on statutory and preventative work and services for Health Protection.


The Government has provided £300m to Local Authorities in England for the Test and Trace programme, Leeds has received a £4,141,249 non-recurrent ring-fenced grant. The costs for these two posts for 12 months will be approximately £98k – £106k.


To increase the capacity of the LCC Public Health, Health Protection Team by recruiting 2 x PO4 Advanced Health Improvement Specialists on a temporary 12 month contract to deliver infection prevention elements of the Leeds Covid-19 outbreak management plan including the new national COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace programme.



A brief statement of the reasons for the decision[1]

These posts are integral to ensuring existing health protection arrangements are in order to prevent and manage infection and outbreaks in Leeds. These posts will provide public health expertise and coordination to the prevention and management of infections and outbreaks in the community, responding flexibly when needed. The response required is not straight forward and will likely require a high level of public health expertise, coordination and management depending on local need.


Approval is sought for post release and external advertisement of the vacancies on the condition that an attempt is first made to fill the post internally within the Council through redeployment and internal advertisement.


It is anticipated that the approximate annual cost of each post will be £48,996-£52,856 including on-costs. There will be additional costs for travel expenses and the purchase of IT equipment for 2 of the posts. Funding for the 2.0 FTE temporary 12 month posts will come from the Test and Trace ring fenced grant.


We need to ensure that the LCC Public Health, Health Protection Team has adequate resource to provide a resilient, effective and responsive service that can manage the increased demands of COVID -19 on a more sustainable footing during the pandemic.


There is significant work needed to respond to the pandemic and this will include implementing the Test and Trace programme and managing local COVID-19 outbreaks across the city. In order to do this we need to rapidly increase the existing capacity of the LCC Health Protection team, as directed by the national COVID -19 Test and Trace programme in Leeds.


If these posts are not approved, Public Health will not be able to take forward and deliver the key aspects of Health Protection as there is no additional capacity within public health.


This will directly affect the delivery of the Leeds Outbreak plan specifically Public Health’s ability to provide public health expertise and management and prevention of outbreaks in high risk settings and communities of interest as such this poses a risk to the city.


There are no adverse effects on people or teams relating to equality, diversity and pay.

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Dawn Bailey, Healthy Living Manager 0113 378 6023 Email: dawn.bailey2@leeds.gov.uk.

Publication date: 30/07/2020

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