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Physical Activity and Health Officer

Employer: Oxford City Council

  • Reference: 001149
  • Published on: Fri 02/06/2017 09:35 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 25/06/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Contract
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: G6: £29,142 with possible progression to £30,849 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Oxfordshire

The role

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity (OxSPA) (hosted by Oxford City Council) represents and supports key partners in growing participation in physical activity and sport. OxSPA was one of 14 organisations, from 260 applicants, to gain funding from the Sport England ‘Get Healthy, Get into Sport’ fund. The GO Active, Get Healthy innovative research project has proved to be successful at engaging inactive people to become more physically active, providing dedicated support and motivation and working with the already established GO Active programme.

The next exciting development is for the GO Active, Get Healthy programme to be tailored to support diabetic patients in Oxfordshire. Strong links have been formed with Oxfordshire CCG, Oxford Health and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts and Oxfordshire Public Health, with crucial developments having been made in the role that physical activity can play in the prevention and management of long term health conditions.

OxSPA is looking to recruit a highly motivated, confident and knowledgeable Physical Activity and Health Officer to be part of the Physical Activity Team, to deliver the highly successful GO Active, Get Healthy programme, supporting diabetic patients in Oxfordshire to become more physically active to help in the management of their condition. The ideal candidate will have experience of working in a physical activity and preferably health improvement environment and will be knowledgeable on the long term benefits of physical activity on overall health, wellbeing and fitness. In addition, they will be confident in delivering talks and training and in establishing strong and credible relationships with health professionals.

About us

Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi award winning Council and in 2015 we secured Champion IiP status along with Overall IiP Employer of the Year 2015, demonstrating our commitment to our employees and their wellbeing. We also scooped the Association of Public Sector Excellence Council of the Year award in 2015 and the Municipal Journal Best Achieving Council prize in 2014.

With over 1,200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities now is a truly exciting time to be working in Local Government. We are all about going above and beyond to improve outcomes for local people, and you might be surprised at the range and quality of services we provide.

We offer a great range of benefits which include generous holiday from 28 days per year plus bank holidays, Local Government defined benefit pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and the ability to work flexibly in many of our roles. We offer well defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also support our staff through the employee wellbeing programme with a range of services including resilience training, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply

More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).

For further information and how to apply online, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848.

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.

Closing Date: 25 June 2017

Late applications will not be processed

Interview Date(s): 11 July 2017

For an informal discussion about the post please contact, Jenny Willson on 01865 252606 or email

We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any vacancies.

Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.

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