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iHub, Quarrywood Court, Livingston, EH54 6AX
£35,767 - £41,669 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
36 hours per week
Work From Home:

Job Description

The Shaping Places for Wellbeing programme is a delivery partnership between the Improvement Service (IS) and Public Health Scotland (PHS), funded and supported by The Health Foundation and Scottish Government, with support from COSLA.  

The programme is running until March 2024.   

The Improvement Service (IS) is a publicly funded company limited by guarantee.  We exist to support councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all Scottish people through community leadership, strong local governance and the delivery of high quality, efficient local services.

The overall aim of the Shaping Places for Wellbeing programme is to improve Scotland’s wellbeing by reducing the significant inequality in the health of its people while addressing the health of our planet.   

Supporting local communities, local health boards and their partners to work and plan together, and with communities, the programme will establish new ways of working across national and local, and sectoral and disciplinary boundaries. It will invest in support for collaborating on the links between place and public health as part of the whole system approach to delivering Scotland’s public health priorities.  

The Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme will support six Local Project Towns in Alloa, Clydebank, Ayr, Fraserburgh, Rutherglen and Dunoon as well as a network of local partnerships and national leaders to share challenges and learning.  

An exciting opportunity has arisen with the Improvement Service, South Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire & Arran for the role of Project Lead, to take forward the delivery of the Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme in Ayr. 

The Project Lead will be part of the Shaping Places for Wellbeing National Programme Team but will be embedded in South Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire & Arran.  The Project Lead will work closely with the Improvement Service, Public Health Scotland, as well as Local Government, Scottish Government, COSLA, SOLACE and other local and national partners.

We are looking to recruit an experienced change leader who understands the challenges of place based working and can work alongside a diverse range of individuals and organisations to make change happen. You will be experienced in project working and comfortable with monitoring and reporting on outcomes, outputs and budgets.

You will support the public health system and local government in system change to deliver the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes using place based approaches. Your work will support the delivery of national ambitions such as Scotland’s National Performance Outcomes, Public Health Priorities and net zero emission targets linking approaches such the Christie Commission Recommendations, the Place Principle and 20 minute neighbourhood local living.

This is a unique and exciting new role which would suit someone who has experience of working in the public health sector and/or local government.

You can find more information about the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes here:-


Location: ihub, Quarrywood Court, Livingston, West Lothian and South Ayrshire Council, County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr.

Longer term, it is anticipated that the role may involve a blended model of office and home working.  This flexible approach will be agreed between employee and line manager.

The Improvement Service particularly encourages applications from people who identify as black and minority ethnic, disabled and/or LGBTQI+. We offer family-friendly working arrangements.

Duration: Available as a rolling annual fixed term contract or secondment until 31 March 2024.

Closing date: Monday 3rd October

Interviews: A competence-based interview will take place week commencing 24th October via MS Teams (shortlisted candidates will be advised by email in advance of the interview). 

For more information about competency-based interviews, see our Guide to Competency-Based Interviews . You may also find it useful to read our current Business Plan