Phillips is Birmingham’s new Director of Public Health

By on 16/07/2012 in Cllr Bedser, News
Cllr Steve Bedser

Cllr Steve Bedser

Dr Adrian Phillips has been named as Birmingham's new Director of Public Health.

And Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, has vowed to work closely with Dr Phillips to tackle major public health issues and health inequalities across the city.

The appointment comes amid preparations for the transfer of public health responsibilities for Birmingham from the NHS to the City Council next April and Dr Phillips will assume his new role in October.

Cllr Bedser “This is a highly significant appointment for the people of Birmingham and comes at a crucial time for public health services in the city.

“I'm delighted we have recruited such a high calibre candidate. Adrian has done a fantastic job in Wolverhampton and was the outstanding candidate.

“We face major challenges of health inequality here in Birmingham and I'm determined to work closely with Adrian to tackle those challenges head-on.

“Public health officially transfers to the local authority on April 1 next year but we're already working closely with NHS colleagues to ensure a smooth transition and the best possible outcomes for people across Birmingham.”

Denise McLellan, Chief Executive for NHS Birmingham and Solihull, added “It is an historic moment for Birmingham to have a single public health director for improving health for the people across the city. We are delighted to have appointed someone who understands the importance of partnership working across health and local government as well as the voluntary sector.”

Dr Phillips has a wealth of public health experience and is currently the Joint Director of Public Health (Wolverhampton City Council and Primary Care Trust).

In his new role, the former King Edwards School pupil and University of Birmingham graduate has responsibility for a wide range of public health issues, including; immunisation, nutrition, tobacco and alcohol, drugs recovery, sexual health, pregnancy and children's health.

The Director of Public Health is responsible for working with partner organisations and the local population to promote and protect health and wellbeing in the city, prevent ill-health and prolong life for local people.

Dr Phillips said: “I am honoured to be appointed DPH for Birmingham, the city in which I grew up. The city council is showing great leadership in developing Birmingham and improving the health of its population. I aim to help them deliver their ambition for the city.”

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For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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