"Thanet District Council"
Thanet District Council Job Description Form Division / Department: Community Services Location: Thanet - Council Offices, Margate Job Title: Environmental Health Officer (Environment & Health) CS037 Reports to: Environmental Health Manager Level/Grade: TG 7 Type of Position: Full-time Mission Statement: To improve the quality of the environment and to protect the health of those living, working and visiting Thanet. We aim to do this through: 1. Improving what we do by innovation, learning and honesty. 2. Firm but fair regulation that is consistent, open and balanced. 3. Accessible education and advice in a form that is easy to use. 4. Delivering high quality services that are effective and good value for money. 5. The highest possible standards of professional conduct. 6. Monitoring and reporting performance against testing standards. 7. Consulting on services with those affected by them to guide improvement. 8. Working with partners with a common purpose to achieve more than we could alone. 9. Taking opportunities to influence and advance our mission to improve public health. 10. Equipping staff with the skills needed to meet these aims in a fast changing world. Job Purpose: To assist the Environmental Health Manager in the provision of Environmental Health services to the Local Authority, as well as resident and business communities. This post covers 1. Normal Environmental Protection duties and client caseloads involving issues such as commercial statutory nuisance, drainage, water supply, planning and licensing considerations. 2. Projects related to providing a coherent corporate and partner based environmental enforcement deterrent through communications campaigns, enforcement capability across wardens, service staff and enforcement officers as well as effective working with other agencies and the community. 3. Our new corporate theme of ‘Supporting Healthy and Cohesive Communities’ requires a project officer role to plan and deliver joint projects with our PCT, KCC and community based partners. This will form a major element of a new Health Improvement Partnership for Thanet. Principally; to acquire and maintain specialist expertise in the fields; - environmental crime enforcement - health improvement interventions with key partners - public health and enforcement practice In addition; - statutory nuisance, including out of hours service - to carry out investigations of statutory nuisance for commercial premises - to provide comments on environmental considerations through the planning system - investigations and reports of licensing considerations. - other environmental protection themes where required Principal Duties: The Authority has four main aims to help us achieve our vision, which will be achieved by focusing the efforts of all Council staff, Members and partners on the following core ideals. S.ervice T.eamwork E.conomics P.ride Service The Service is outward looking and customer focused. Teamwork To be effective we work with internal and external partners. We are team players. Economics We constantly review and improve efficiency in the interest of consumers. Pride We deliver a service that the District is proud of, and compare favourably with others. ADMINISTRATION Performance is satisfactory when - Planning diaries and computer records are kept up to date. Relevant departmental policy and procedure notes are kept up to date. Appropriate written records and public documents are passed to the Administration Team with clear instructions for action. Relevant Council Committee meetings are attended as may be necessary in the absence of, or as directed by, the Environmental Health Manager. ENFORCEMENT Performance is satisfactory when – Environmental Enforcement, Statutory Nuisance and Other General Environmental Health Legislation Complaints assigned by the Environmental Health Manager are investigated in accordance with the Team priority rating system or in such other timescale as specifically determined by the Environmental Health Manager. Complainants are advised of the outcome of investigations or reasons for delay. Having regard to departmental enforcement and prosecution policies, appropriate action is taken to resolve statutory nuisances or breaches of legislation. If necessary, statutory notices are drafted and served on appropriate persons. In the event of an appeal against a statutory notice being received, details of the case are passed to the Legal Department within 5 working days or, in the event of non-compliance with the notice, details are passed within 21 days. If necessary, appropriate work in default is arranged and supervised and procedures for recovering costs incurred are followed. In the event of an appeal or other legal proceedings, evidence is prepared and given in Court if required to do so. The postholder participates in the out of hours nuisance control service rota. Planning & Licensing Applications and reviews are screened and commented upon for their environmental and health impacts. There is close liaison with planning and licensing officers. That the Local Plan and Licensing Policy process is engaged with to provide specialist information to inform the process. That Planning, Local Plan and Licensing Board meetings, enquiries and hearings are attended as required. Expert knowledge is attained and maintained in environmental and health impacts. Health Improvement Projects. To contribute to the drafting of a Health Improvement strategy and programme for Thanet. To work with stakeholders to plan and deliver Health related projects that contribute to key national performance indicators. To coordinate corporate wide strategies, activities and interventions that contribute to key national performance indicators. To establish close working relationships with those who that contribute to key national performance indicators such as the PCT, KCC, local business and the third sector. To evaluate health improvement project performance by the contribution to key national performance indicators for health. To raise awareness of the Health Improvement agenda through engagement and communication strategies and plans. To establish and maintain an expert knowledge in the field of health improvement. Performance is satisfactory when – Corporate and departmental customer service standards are met. The Enforcement Policy and underlying procedures are followed or cases dealt with in accordance with good practice. As directed by the Environmental Health Manager appropriate action is taken in relation to enforcement of any other statute, regulation, order or bylaw under which the postholder has been authorised to act by the Thanet District Council. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT Performance is satisfactory when – The Environmental Health Manager is assisted in agreeing and monitoring personal targets which may be set for the postholder on a six-monthly basis. The Environmental Health Manager is assisted in reviewing and updating this job description as frequently as may be necessary to accommodate changes in responsibilities and priorities pursuant to changes in legislation and Council or departmental policy. Relevant training courses, seminars or workshops are attended as directed by the Environmental Health Manager and relevant information obtained is passed on to other members of the Team. GENERAL Performance is satisfactory when – The postholder adheres to the safety policy of Thanet District Council and Departmental safety procedures, particularly with regard to agreed codes of practices and safe methods of work. Standards of dress and appearance appropriate to the requirements of the job and personal health and safety are maintained. The postholder assists with the training of other staff and students. The postholder undertakes such other duties appropriate to the grade and character of the work of an Environmental Protection Officer as may be directed by the Environmental Health Manager. The principles of the Enforcement Concordat are applied to all relevant duties. COMPLEXITY AND CREATIVITY The postholder will be empowered to work with minimal supervision to undertake a wide range of environmental health functions. A high degree of initiative and technical knowledge is required with the ability to approach problems in a professional and scientific manner. The postholder must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with persons from all walks of life. The postholder will also be expected to constructively criticise existing policies and procedures and to contribute to their development and refinement. JUDGEMENT AND DECISIONS The postholder is expected to undertake investigations and monitoring programmes, develop conclusions and implement recommendations with minimal additional guidance from senior staff. Where matters are referred to the Environmental Health Manager or other senior officer or member of the Council, a full but concise report of the facts must be produced with a recommendation for action. CONTACTS The postholder will have regular contact with elected members and officers at all levels within the organisation often dealing with contentious, confrontational or sensitive issues. Extensive contact with other public agencies, the business community and the third sector to negotiate and engage them in environmental and health related issues. Role Specific Accountabilities Required Knowledge & Experience for Person Spec: Skills Report writing Enforcement practice Communication with a wide range of the community Objective and persuasive Organised Team working Interpretation of legal requirements IT skills Airport Sustainability Noise/air modelling and acoustics Special Knowledge Environmental Health legislation Enforcement practice Technical standards Health promotion and Public health. Qualifications Essential Min. qualifications: Degree or MSc in Environmental Health and EHORB registration completed (or equivalent). Desirable Post-graduate qualification in a Health Promotion or Public Health related field. Experience in environment protection legislation and application Experience in health improvement projects and joint working. Project planning methods and tools by qualification and /or experience Personal Qualities An independent and enthusiastic team member Able to interact with a wide range of colleagues, the public and senior staff. Able to be objective in all circumstances and conscientious and trustworthy. Technically proficient but able to explain issues in everyday language. Persuasive and assertive for enforcement actions but sensitive in certain situations. A strong teamwork approach for developing partnerships and joint working. Able to negotiate to gain maximum benefit with partners who have tightly constrained funding. Special Circumstances Full driving licence. Physically mobile with sound hearing and sight. Out of hours working on rota and as required by casework. Reviewed By: Title: Approved By: Title: Agreed by Postholder Date of agreement: