Thank you for interest in the role of Head of the Collaboration for Wellbeing & Health. Below is a brief introductory video by Cathy Irving, Director of Communications at the Health Foundation. In it, she talks about the Collaboration, its purpose, aims, and ambitions. Likewise, she also provides an idea of what she might be looking for in the successful candidate.
More information can also be found below including the job description and person specification, as well as our timetable for the campaign.
Naturally, any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Anderson Quigley who would be delighted to help you further.
The Health Foundation
We are an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.
The Health Foundation has committed funding for five years for a new initiative, the Collaboration for Wellbeing and Health, which aims to develop a bold, cross-sector movement calling for action to address health inequalities.
For more information on The Health Foundation go to https://www.health.org.uk/
The Collaboration for Wellbeing and Health
The health of the UK population lags behind comparator countries. The UK ranks 22 out of 38 OECD countries for life expectancy. Compared to the OECD average, people get ill earlier, die sooner and spend more of their time in ill health.
Furthermore, this varies considerably across the country and within places, with people born in the most deprived 10% of local areas expected to live over 18 fewer years in good health than those born in the least deprived 10% of local areas.
These differences are driven by people’s different circumstances. Social, economic, commercial and environmental conditions are the strongest determinants of people’s health.
Improving the conditions for health is a long-standing problem, and the challenge in addressing it lies in:
In the wake of the pandemic, there has been a resurgence in the recognition of these issues, creating a once in a generation opportunity to have an impact. While the evidence of the problem and what needs to be done is established, the challenge is building political and public buy in.
The Health Foundation has committed funding for five years for a new initiative, the Collaboration for Wellbeing and Health, to take advantage of this opportunity. The Collaboration aims to develop a bold, cross sector movement calling for action on the wider determinants of health.
A collaborative initiative that has been co-developed by a set of founding members, it seeks to develop a clear campaigning voice and powerful communications to reach audiences from across the public, private and third sector. The aim is to build a movement that calls on policy makers, sector leaders and the general public to recognise the nation’s health as a key asset to society and invest in policies across all sections of society that are already known to create the conditions for healthy lives.
More insights and information can be found here.
 The wider determinants of health are the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors that shape the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.
 Collaboration members: Business in the Community; Institute of Health Equity; Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF); Local Government Association (LGA); New Philanthropy Capital (NPC); People’s Health Trust; Race Equality Foundation; Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH); What Works Centre for Wellbeing.
The post holder has the chance to lead this new initiative, creating innovative and compelling campaigns to build the far stronger commitment and action required to create the conditions for health. They will lead a dedicated team (referred to as the integrator unit) within the Health Foundation to develop and lead high impact communications campaigns, grow and mobilise a diverse cross-sector membership, and, where appropriate, facilitate joint policy influencing. They will also ensure the Collaboration’s campaigning reflects the different needs and priorities of communities across the country, drawing on insight from local networks.
The postholder will provide overall strategic leadership for the Collaboration for Wellbeing and Health, leading the ongoing development and delivery of the Collaboration’s strategy to achieve its objectives of shifting public attitudes and influencing policy change that improves health.
The success of the role will be in demonstrably effective communications campaigns. Critical to this will be the genuine, self-sustaining energy and momentum of the Collaboration. The post holder will need to apply a deep understanding of campaigning. They will also need experience building multi-stakeholder collaboration that is capable of co-developing strategies and aligning activities. An understanding of collaborative change and movement building will be essential, along with practical experience of creating social and policy change through mobilising others, to catalyse action from other organisations.
Applying broad social policy knowledge and experience, and a good understanding of the political context within the UK, the postholder will ensure the strategy and activity of the Collaboration is focused on the areas where the most impact might be achieved.
They will also ensure that the Collaboration effectively engages the public, bringing experience of campaigning and movement building that shifts public opinion, with an understanding of the complexity of doing this on complex social issues.
To do this, they will be responsible for leading the development of this new initiative, including:
The Collaboration represents a departure for the Health Foundation in terms of the approaches it uses to bring about change, and represents a bold attempt to shift what have been seen as intractable challenges. It will require an experienced and confident leader that can embrace the risks of the initiative and develop new and impactful paths to change, while maintaining the confidence and support of members, the Health Foundation and its board.
Key tasks and responsibilities
Overall Collaboration strategic leadership
Communications and influencing
Organisational and team development
This is a senior role in the organisation, demanding highly effective leadership and influencing skills. Key relationships will include:
Knowledge and experience
Skills and abilities
Job title: Head of the Collaboration for Wellbeing & Health
Accountable to: Director of Communications
Salary: circa £80,000 per annum
Hours per week: 37.5 hours per week
For full details of the benefits package, please click here.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to The Health Foundation. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultant at Anderson Quigley: Helene Usherwood on +44(0)7719 322 669.
The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 9 August 2021.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1183
|Closing date:||noon on Monday 9 August|
|Longlisting:||Thursday 12 August|
|Informal Chat with Jo Bibby, Director of Health at The Health Foundation and Helene Usherwood, Partner at Anderson Quigley (online / 1hr 30 minute):||Monday 16 August – Friday 27 August|
|Shortlisting:||Thursday 2 September|
This will include up to four online assessments and an hour telephone conversation with Anderson Quigley’s Psychologist, Sharon Chan.
|Monday 6 September – Friday 10 September|
|Final Panel Interviews:
Candidates will be required for a full day to give a presentation to a range of experts in the morning, following by a formal panel interview in the afternoon.
Dependent on Government guidance, this may be held online or face to face at the Foundation’s Office.
|Thursday 23 September|