Appointment and Employment Committee (Special Meeting) – 5 December 2016
Chairman: Councillor Baroness Redfern
Venue: Civic Centre, Scunthorpe (Executive Conference Room – Third Floor)
Time: 9 am
1. Substitutions. (if any)
2. Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Personal or Personal and Prejudicial Interests (if any).
3. Any other items that the chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances that must be specified.
The public are likely to be excluded from the meeting for consideration of the following items on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
4. Remuneration of Post of Director of Public Health – Report of the Interim Director of Public Health. Exempt report
PRESENT: – Councillor Baroness Redfern in the chair.
Collinson, L Foster, C Sherwood and Waltham.
The committeemet at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
41 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY, PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS – There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.
42 EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC – Resolved – That the public be excluded from the meeting for consideration of the following item on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972(as amended).
43 (2) REMUNERATION OF POST OF DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH – The Interim Director of Public Health submitted a report requesting the committee to consider setting the remuneration of the post of Director of Public Health to allow progression to the required recruitment process. The post was not a new post as it was transitioned across from the National Health Service as part of the transfer of the public health function to local principal councils in 2013/14. The post was currently vacant, but was being covered on an interim basis by the Director of Public Health from North East Lincolnshire Council.
The report stated that an analysis of a range of Director of Public Health post in neighbouring authorities and recently advertised across the country had been carried out. Based on this analysis and taking into account size, comparability and best fit with council structures it was recommended to set a single point pay grade as set out in the report. The post’s job description was attached as an appendix.
The Interim Director in his report also explained that guidance on appointing Directors of Public Health provided by Public Health England, which was appended to the report, set out the required appointment process. This was a statutory appointment made jointly between the council and the Secretary of State for Health through Public Health England, and also required the assurance process of the Faculty of Public Health to assess professional competence. Consequently, the prescribed appointment process included an Appointment Advisory Committee made up of member and officer representatives of the appointing local council, a representative of various health partners and the Faculty of Public Health and Public Health England. This advisory committee would interview the candidates, make sure all criteria were met satisfactorily, and make a recommendation to appoint. The recommendation would then be considered and endorsed by the council’s Appointment and Employment Committee.
Resolved (a) That the remuneration of the post be set at the level stated in paragraph 3.2 of the report, and (b) that the appointment process as set out in the Interim Director’s report be approved and adopted.