Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) Service Lead


Are you a system leader who wants to develop exciting new research opportunities in Cornwall?

About the Service:

Following a successful bid for funding from the National Health Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR), Cornwall Council is now developing a Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) in Cornwall. 

This five-year funding will enable the Council to build a team with a deep-rooted commitment to growing research to inform our policies and drive our understanding of how to make a positive difference to people’s lives in Cornwall. 

The HDRC will bring together expertise from partners across Cornwall Council, The University of Exeter, The University of Plymouth, Falmouth University, Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations, the NHS and communities in Cornwall to build research infrastructure and skills across Cornwall. The HDRC will help transform understanding of our people, places and the wider determinants that have a significant impact of health inequalities in our communities. 

About the Role:

We are now seeking key appointments to lead and deliver this work including a Service Lead for the programme over the next five years of the Cornwall HDRC. The Service Lead will report to the HDRC Centre Director, work closely with system leaders and partners across Cornwall and lead the HDRC team within the Council. 

Cornwall Council are seeking to recruit an outstanding individual to provide leadership and management across the HDRC. The main duties are as follows:  

 Please read the role profile for the full details of this role attached below in this advert

 What you’ll get in return:

Cornwall Council’s ambition is to be an employer of choice, a high performing Council and a learning organisation. We commit to providing a reward and benefits package to attract, motivate and reward our employees. We offer a range of flexible working options to our staff. This helps provide our employees with a greater work/life balance. Whilst still ensuring that service needs are met.

Our core employee rewards and benefits include:

Additional Information:

The full role profile is attached here

For an informal chat about the role please contact Eunan O'Neill, Centre Director Cornwall HDRC at

The interviews for the HDRC Service Lead role are currently expected to be conducted at New County Hall, Truro on the 23rd and 28th August 2024.


Application Process

Please attach a supporting statement or CV to your application. Remember to demonstrate why you are suitable against each of the points marked as ‘Application’ on the Role Profile using examples from your experience or transferable skills. This might be through qualifications or descriptive examples from your work / personal experience, which clearly illustrates what you did and the effect it had. Guidance on how to complete your application can be found here – The application process

Your supporting statement must cover:

Please note that applications cannot be edited after they have been submitted, please contact if you have any queries or require assistance with your application.


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