David Heymann appointed as Acting Chair of Public Health England
Dr. Heymann, currently Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, will with immediate effect take on the role of Acting Chair of Public Health England, the new public health body that will be the expert voice for public health, when it is established in April 2013.
Dr Heymann will continue as Acting Chair of Public Health England until the Chair Designate is appointed through the public appointments process in the Autumn.
Public Health England will be the leader in protecting and improving the public’s health through the provision of health protection services and will provide expert public health advice and professional support to Local Authorities the NHS and the public. It will also ensure that improved outcomes for physical and mental health and wellbeing are systematically addressed by the NHS and Local Authorities.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:
“I am delighted to confirm David Heymann as the Acting Chair of Public Health England.
“Dr Heymann’s role will be to support Duncan Selbie, the Chief Executive Designate, to ensure that Public Health England is ready for its position in the new health and care system - to protect and improve the nation’s public health and to reduce health inequalities.
“This is a welcome and timely appointment and I look forward to him bringing his scientific background and experience with the Health Protection Agency to the role.”
Dr Heymann said:
“I am delighted to be given this tremendous opportunity to play a role in the development of Public Health England. In particular, my appointment as Acting Chair of Public Health England will enable me to work closely with Duncan Selbie to help assure continuity of service provision as we move through the transition period.”
The Acting Chair will work with the Chief Executive Designate to ensure the effective establishment of Public Health England. This will include supporting the smooth transition of staff and functions to Public Health England, and advising on the development of robust corporate governance arrangements for the Agency.
David Heymann will take up his post immediately.
Post date: 26 Feb 2015
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