Programme Manager – Health Prevention

JOB TITLE:                                         Programme Manager – Health Prevention

RESPONSIBLE TO:                           Director of Services/Learning and Development Manager

PLACE OF WORK:                            Home based

CONTRACT:                                      Fixed term 2 years

CLOSING DATE:                               14th November



We’re here to help people in horticulture create better futures.

Perennial has been helping people in horticulture for over 180 years. We are the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families.

At Perennial we understand the devastating impact bereavement, money worries, ill health, homelessness, redundancy and family breakdown can have on lives and that everyone can experience financial difficulties.


Programme Manager – Health Prevention Post

This is a new fixed-term role to assist in the development of health and wellbeing operational practice and deliverable activity, contributing to the implementation Perennial’ prevent strategy. This new post provides an exciting opportunity to develop a long-term preventative health strategy within a fast-paced environment.

At Perennial we have a real focus on improving health and wellbeing outcomes of people working in horticulture and have an ambitious preventative strategy to create better futures for people working in horticulture.

We are looking for a health and wellbeing specialist to develop key preventative health strategies based on credible research evidence. To raise awareness of key health issues and reduce the effects of existing health problems affecting the horticultural industry. Working across a small team you will support the identification and evaluation of contributory factors, working to develop influential partnerships across, raising awareness of key health challenges and improving ways health information is communicated, distributed and accessed.

You will be responsible for delivery of health and wellbeing programmes, including events, activities, volunteer recruitment and supporting the development of new opportunities with local and national health and wellbeing partners. You will be required to develop and  work in partnership with service users, service providers, statutory and voluntary sector organisations to develop relevant strategies and action plans as well as delivering, monitoring and evaluating progress.

You will coordinate activities on different topics in support of the health activities; this might include raising awareness of key health issues, promoting health services and providing information on subjects linked to key strategic objectives and related activities through an annual project and budget plan.


About you

Candidates should have a mature, non-judgemental, confident and caring manner. The ability to interact well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, together with good problem solving and project/time management skills are essential. Excellent communication skills are vital, as is the ability to motivate others.


Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities typically include:

  • Analysing and understanding sector behaviour and adapt health programmes and messaging to meet the needs of key groups (support social mapping, use of specific tools to measure and follow up activities)
  • Leading the strategic development of our preventative health programmes
  • Developing, implement and monitoring Health Promotion and prevention strategies and programmes, including developing a health and wellbeing strategy and associated annual delivery plans
  • Coordinating the identification, planning, developing and delivering of wellbeing initiatives.
  • Managing pilots and pathfinder projects through to successful conclusion
  • To plan and implement training for professionals and develop appropriate resources
  • To facilitate health promotion messages to target groups in a variety of relevant settings, increasing sector awareness of health issues and supporting positive outcomes
  • Ensure that Health and wellness initiatives are underpinned by sound, up-to-date knowledge of health promotion theory
  • Developing partnerships which can support Perennial’s work and provide expert advice to other voluntary, charity and statutory organisations
  • Raising awareness of good health, diet and exercise through working to co-produce toolbox talks, interactive resources and delivering information through a variety of media
  • Delivering advice to our help services team, across a range of key health issues, to enable people to make informed choices and providing expert advice to other partner organisations
  • Support and implement the development of health messaging that engages existing and prospective service users and results in change which can be proven via statistical analysis
  • Develop, train and supervise a team of volunteer health champions team
  • Keeping up to date with current health promotion trends 


Person Specification

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Qualification in public health or health promotion.
  • Three years’ experience in health promotion/prevention work
  • Relevant health promotion knowledge of health education strategies and priorities
  • Experience of developing strategic plans and overseeing the successful implementation
  • Experience of designing, developing, delivering and evaluate training in relation to health and wellbeing initiatives and encourage other stakeholders to become involved in delivering training
  • Successful track record in developing successful, effective partnerships and co-production of programmes at scale
  • A proven track record in management with the ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Excellent project management skills with experience of developing and delivering against a strategy, working towards targets and financial budgets
  • Experience of measuring programme outcomes, impact and implementing continuous improvement
  • Experience of engaging key stakeholders
  • Experience of giving oral presentations
  • Experience of working with volunteers and implementing volunteer programmes
  • Understanding of safeguarding practice and ability to apply this in practice as appropriate
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team


Personal Attributes

  • Able to manage and prioritise workload
  • Calm and confident
  • Good attention to detail
  • Proactive self-starter with a desire to develop all areas of the role
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • Willing to work within the policies and procedures of Perennial
  • Willingness to work flexibly which may involve travel and occasional evenings and weekends, including overnight stays
  • Commitment to personal development including keeping up to date on all subject areas relevant to the role
  • Commitment to upholding the mission and values of the charity
  • Understanding of and, commitment to, the principles of safeguarding, equality and fairness


Key Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions are provided for information only and in no way represent a contract.  In the event of an appointment if there is an anomaly between the contract and these terms, the contract is deemed to be the correct version.

Full information on terms and conditions are contained within a Staff Handbook, issues upon appointment.  Enquiries on specific matters are welcomed – the following are the key issues.

Hours of work:                 37.5 hours per week – including some weekends and overnight stays.

Salary:                                c.£36k per annum (depending on experience)

Holidays:                            25 days per annum, plus bank holidays (with increases for long service)

Pension:                             Perennial operates an auto-enrolment pension scheme and will match employee contributions up to the statutory amount.  Details of the scheme will be available following a formal offer of employment.

Other:                                 Sick Pay, Death in Service Benefit (3x salary).  Perennial has a number of well-established, family-friendly policies, including ‘buying’ extra (unpaid) leave, time off for dependents, variations to normal working hours.  Further details available on request.  Company car/car benefit

General Considerations: All Perennial jobs are subject to a probationary period (6 months) and a periodic review.

Smoking:                           In the interests of health and safety, Perennial operates a non-smoking policy on its premises and expects staff not to smoke in company vehicles.