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 Job opportunity at the Health and Europe Centre

  Assistant Projects Manager   


Pay Grade                              £25,783-£34,530 (Pro rata if part time)

Base                                        Maidstone

Full time or part time               22.5 - 37.5 hours depending on the candidate; permanent

The Health and Europe Centre is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic individual to assist develop and manage projects for the Centre.

 The Health and Europe Centre is a not-for-profit, social enterprise company working in partnership with NHS organisations in Kent and Medway, including acute and community Trusts, in partnership with Kent County Council. The Centre provides a range of European services to its partners and stakeholders including the facilitation of EU funded projects; opportunities for shared learning through networking; exchange of good practice with colleagues in other European countries and the delivery of high-level EU health focused conferences and workshops.

 The role of Assistant Projects Manager is critical to the success of the work of The Health and Europe Centre. Educated to degree level with exceptional communication and organisational skills you will provide a comprehensive project management service to the projects undertaken by the Centre. The work is multi-faceted and diverse and requires attention to detail in a range of complex duties. Tasks include managing and co-ordinating existing EU-funded projects including responsibility for all aspects of project work (financial monitoring, managing claim processes and reporting, and any other responsibilities that may occur during the projects’ duration) and assisting with the development of future business opportunities, including initiating and managing new projects.

 The right applicant will be self-motivated; able to work as part of a team and on their own and have previous project management experience. The ability to liaise with key stakeholders both locally and from different countries at all levels is essential. The post holder will be expected to manage their own workload and participate fully in the day-to-day activities of the. Car driver essential (subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act). French as a second language is desirable.

 Please note that whilst the Health and Europe Centre is funded by NHS organisations and as such its main terms and conditions of employment reflect those of the NHS, the Centre is not an NHS organisation. Benefits of this post include 27 days’ annual leave (pro rata if part time) on appointment and a contributory pension scheme provided through the Pensions Trust.

 For further information and to apply for this position please visit the NHS jobs website:here.Interviews to be held in Maidstone Tuesday 21st April. For an informal discussion or further information please contact alice.chapman-hatchett@kmpt.nhs.uk  The Health and Europe Centre is a social enterprise company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England and Wales’ Company No. 6276624.

How to empower people to manage their own health

In the context of population ageing and economic pressures, improving older people’s knowledge and skills in healthy lifestyles, managing diseases and navigating their way through the health system, is crucial.

This ‘health literacy’ is the subject of a European project: “Intervention Research on Health Literacy among Ageing Population” (IROHLA) which is taking stock of on-going health literacy programmes and projects. It makes use of knowledge and experience of programmes in other areas such as the private and social sectors and applies it to the health sector.

IROHLA identifies, validates and presents a set of best interventions, which together constitute a comprehensive approach to addressing the health literacy needs of the ageing population in European countries. These interventions will be part of evidence-based guidelines for policy and practice for local, regional and national government authorities.

The final conference of the IROHLA project will take place in Brussels on 17th November 2015. 

 For more information about the project, go to the irohla website


Plain tobacco packaging encourages more people

to stop smoking and fewer to start


There is evidence confirming the effectiveness of plain packaging measures in smoking prevention and cessation. Consumers perceive such packaging to be ugly and dull and it decreases the attractiveness of tobacco products and smoking - especially to young people and women.


According to information disclosed by the tobacco industry in the context of a Minnesota lawsuit of 1987, when smokers were offered their usual cigarettes at half price - in generic brown boxes  -  only 21% were interested. The reason, in the view of the industry, was that packaging makes a statement about the consumer, who is deeply affected by how they are perceived by others.


The new Tobacco Products Directive adopted by the European Union in March 2014 will enter into force in 2016, making it possible for Member States to adopt plain packaging measures at the national level. 


For more information, click here



Public Health in the EU: state-of-play and key policy challenges

 A number of developments are changing the public health landscape in Europe. These include demographic changes and the impact of the economic crisis on health budgets, particularly those related to prevention and health promotion. While EU public health policy complements national policies, it encourages cooperation across countries and facilitates coordination. Particularly, EU public health policy generates economies of scale by pooling resources to tackle common challenges, such as pandemics or the risk factors associated with chronic diseases.

This report provides a snapshot and illustrative examples of issues that are currently on the EU policy agenda. It includes an overview of current challenges, and sets out how these are being addressed through the EU institutional frameworks, its legislation and policy programmes.

The report is available by clicking this link


      EU consumers to benefit from better labeling

New food labeling rules have come into effect that will ensure consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content.

The key changes in labeling include:

  •  Improved legibility of information (minimum font size for mandatory information);
  • Clearer and harmonised presentation of allergens such as soy, nuts, gluten or lactose for prepacked foods
  • Mandatory allergen information for non-prepacked food, including in restaurants and cafes;
  • Mandatory origin information for fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;
  • Same labelling requirements for online, distance-selling or buying in a shop;
  • List of engineered nanomaterials in the ingredients.
  • Specific information on the vegetable origin of refined oils and fats;
  • Strengthened rules to prevent misleading practices;
  • Indication of substitute ingredient for 'Imitation' foods;
  • Clear indication of "formed meat" or "formed fish"; and
  • Clear indication of defrosted products.

For more information, click here


  Tackling HIV Stereotypes

This is the closing conference of the IMPRESS Health 2 project that brought together healthcare organisations, NGOs and local authorities in Kent, Medway and the Picardy region of France. The conference will detail the research that was undertaken to identify the causes of late diagnosis of HIV and will describe the innovative ways piloted to reach previously ignored at-risk groups.





Mexican sugar clinics reduce annual cost of diabetes care by 70%

Four out of every five people with diabetes live in the developing world according to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF). Clínicas del Azúcar is a Mexican chain of diabetes one-stop-shops that reduce the cost of care by 70%.

For more information (in Spanish), go to the Clinicas website

Great Minders
, an online crowdsourcing service that puts senior individuals in touch with carers and companions, has just been launched in the UK, to help with the growing demand for home-based elderly care services.

Nurse revalidation – an international perspective

The Royal College of Nursing, Policy and International Department has produced a policy briefing paper comparing international systems for nurse revalidation.

The department looked at the situation in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and Slovakia and this paper includes an easy-to-read table of comparisons as well as suggestions for improving the revalidation process in the UK.

To read the briefing paper, clickhere

Mobile clinics in Ukraine bring health services to people in need

There were over 500,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ukraine by the end of 2014 and in response, WHO, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society will be establishing mobile, community-based health services from January 2015.

This network of mobile emergency primary health care units will support the fragile health care system in delivering health services for IDPs, receiving communities and communities in conflict areas.