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Advice on appointment of directors of public health

Advice on the appointment of directors of public health and on transferring those already in post from the NHS has been issued by the Department of Health and Local Government Association. This recognises that the external professional assessment and advice provided by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is a central component of senior public health appointments. The system already in place for jointly appointing directors of public health is the most efficient way of assuring the necessary technical and professional skills during the transition period as well as in the future when appointments are made jointly with Public Health England.

The advice covers the transition period up to 1 April 2013 when, under the Health and Social Care Bill, local authorities will take on new functions in public health. To ensure all appointments are fit for purpose in the future, it is recommended that all appointments during the transition period reflect the anticipated changes set out in the most recent policy statements on the role of directors of public health in local government from 1 April 2013.

The Department of Health will publish further guidance, developed in partnership with local government, on the process for local authorities to appoint directors of public health jointly with Public Health England from 1 April 2013.

See letter from Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies and LGA Chief Executive Carolyn Downs to chief executives in local authorities, primary care trust clusters and strategic health authority clusters.

Written: 06/01/2012 , last modified: 19/07/2012