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(BF6493) Food Environmental Health Practitioner (x2)

Buckingham Futures Published: April 12, 2019
West Midands, United Kingdom
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Buckingham Futures have taken on an exciting opportunity for a Food Environmental Health Practitioner (x2) in the West Midlands to start asap for a 6 months fixed term contract.
Main Responsibilities
1.To provide specialist enforcement skills and competencies that reflects the responsibilities of the team. To carry a caseload (including complex enforcement issues) prioritising and programming work and making day-to-day decisions on cases as required.
2.Carry out routine and complex inspections and interventions in food premises and places of work. Using own initiative to ensure compliance and advising senior management on cases where there may be an impact on the council and the service in terms of public protection,  legal and financial consequences.
3.Carry out investigations in response to complaints made to the service from consumers and other agencies; and carry out enforcement action as appropriate.
4.To enforce requirements of all environmental health legislation in or arising from commercial premises.
5.To maintain an up to date knowledge of environmental health matters in accordance with the statutory CPD requirements and in particular for full authorisation under Food Safety and Health and Safety legislation.
6.To use appropriate interventions, delegated powers and specialist skills ( i.e. audit, inspection, verification, surveillance, intelligence gathering, enforcement powers, negotiation and persuasion) to carry out investigations, inspections, tests and  sampling including that in regard to:
·physical condition of premises and equipment
·condition and quality of food stuffs and other materials
·food hygiene
·food standards
·suitability of premises for licensing
·source and spread of infectious disease
7.To analyse results of investigations, compare with relevant standards, and to initiate all necessary enforcement actions
8.To investigate cases referred by other agencies and carry out enforcement action as appropriate.
9.To prepare and serve statutory notices, complex reports on any environmental control matter
10.To produce good quality inspection reports, inspection proformas, letters and other unique documentation following inspections and in response to investigation as appropriate.
11.To produce witness statements, prepare case reports, prosecution files, briefings for legal representatives and make recommendations for legal proceedings including the initial determination as to whether there is sufficient evidence and if the case is in the public interest to pursue. Conduct Pace Interviews where appropriate.
12. Attend court and other legal forums, to obtain warrants and orders and act as an expert witness in Environmental Health issues on behalf of the Council.
13.To undertake specialist projects in pursuit of the Services objectives. Undertake all necessary research on topic and methodology. Analyse results, prepare and present information in reports and recommendations.
14.Cascade information gathered on CPD courses.
15.To maintain an up to date and comprehensive knowledge of legislation which impacts on the investigation including Human Rights Act, RIPA, PACE etc.
16.To be competent to devise, plan, and deliver food hygiene training courses, to individuals, businesses and specific target groups.
17.Promote business and public understanding by devising, organising and delivering talks, presentations, exhibitions, campaigns and education initiatives with businesses, residents and targeted groups to raise and improve levels of public health within the Borough.
18.Work in partnership with businesses, residents, elected members government departments and agencies, other regulators and health care providers in all area of projects and joint working to improve standards of public health.
Qualifications / Experience
·         Diploma/Degree/MSc  in Environmental Health
·         EHORB Registration
·         Certificate of professional competence
·         Two years post qualification experience in the field of food safety including food safety inspections.
·         Recent experience of carrying out food safety inspections, food standards inspections and relevant enforcement.
·         Two years post qualification experience in the field of health and safety including investigations and enforcement.
·         Working in a large organisation and dealing with competing priorities.
·         Writing detailed reports
·         Service of Statutory Notices
The Inspecting Officer must be able to demonstrate how they are capable of meeting the competencies relating to Inspection of Food Establishments (Cluster 4.) and have at least 10 hours of Food Core CPD as specified in the current version of the Food Law Code of Practice and Practice Guidance.
A copy of relevant qualifications, CPD certificates and certificates of registration with EHORB/EHRB (or equivalent) must be held on file by Buckingham Futures before the contract commences
If you have the right experience for this role and feel your skills and experience match the requirements, or if you would like more information on the role, please contact us on 020 8732 5450 or email info@buckinghamfutures.com
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