ADPH Annual Conference 2021

Delegate pack 

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ADPH Annual Conference 2021 - Public Health Working Together

The full programme is included below:
10.00 | Welcome and Presidential reflections | Prof. Jim McManus, ADPH Interim President and DPH Hertfordshire

10.20 | Public Health working together: A national perspective
Chaired by by Ruth Tennant, DPH Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and ADPH Honorary Secretary.
Speaker presentations followed by Q&A
    • Prof. Chris Whitty, CMO for England
    • Prof. Sir Michael McBride, CMO for Northern Ireland
    • Dr Gregor Smith, CMO for Scotland
    • Dr Frank Atherton, CMO for Wales

11.40 | Comfort break

11.50 | Public Health working together: A regional and local perspective
Chaired by Greg Fell, DPH Sheffield City Council and ADPH Honorary Secretary.
DPH presentations and plenary discussion
    • Alice Wiseman, DPH Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
    • Anna Hartley, DPH Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
    • Helen Atkinson, DPH Portsmouth City Council
    • Ivan Browne, DPH Leicester City Council

12.25 | Summary and closing remarks | Prof. Jim McManus, ADPH Interim President and DPH Hertfordshire

12.30 | Close

In order of appearance...

Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Medical Officer for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession. He represents the UK on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Chris is a practising NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and Gresham Professor of Physic at Gresham College.


Chris is an epidemiologist and has undertaken research and worked as a doctor in the UK, Africa and Asia. He was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before becoming CMO.

Chris was the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care from January 2016 to August 2021, with overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including being head of the National Institute for Health Research, the government’s major funder of clinical, public health, social care and translational research. Chris was the interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2017 to 2018, including during the Novichok poisonings. Before that, he was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development, which included leading technical work on the West Africa Ebola outbreak and other international emergencies.

Prof Sir Michael McBride was knighted in Her Majesty's 2021 Birthday Honours for services to public health in Northern Ireland. He was awarded a Professorship in Public Health Practice from Queens University Belfast in 2021 for services to Public Health.

Dr Michael McBride was appointed to the post of Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health, in September 2006. Prior to joining the department he had been Medical Director at the Royal Group of Hospitals from August 2002.

Dr McBride graduated with Distinction from Queen’s University Belfast in 1986 and completed his undergraduate and postgraduate training in Northern Ireland. In 1991 he attained a Research Fellowship at St Mary’s Medical School and Imperial College London, where he carried out research into new drug treatments for HIV.

Dr McBride has been a Consultant in the Health Service since 1994 when he was appointed Consultant Physician in HIV medicine at the Royal Group of Hospitals and has more than 10 years health service management experience. As Medical Director at the Royal Hospitals, he contributed to strategic change at trust, regional and national level.

At the request of the Health Minister Dr McBride took up the post of Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust from December 2014 to February 2017. He combined this role with CMO. As Chief Executive Dr McBride was head of an integrated health and social care Trust which provided hospital-based and social care services to the population of Belfast, as well as most of Northern Ireland’s regional specialist services. He had responsibility for key Ministerial priorities, corporate responsibility for the Trust’s 20,000 employees, and overseen the Trust’s annual budget of almost £1.3bn.

Dr Gregor Smith is a GP and former Medical Director for primary care in NHS Lanarkshire. He began working for Scottish Government as a medical adviser in Primary Care in 2012 as part of the negotiating team for the Scottish GP contract, subsequently leading the development of a new quality framework for General Practice in Scotland. He was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer in 2015 and alongside Realistic Medicine leads on a broad range of professional activity where he is a passionate advocate of person-centred approaches to care. This remit also includes working in partnership with a number of organisations outside healthcare, such as Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission to promote exercise in green spaces, to raise awareness of the health benefits of spending time outdoors.

As a keen runner and cyclist, he believes getting outside in the great outdoors can help improve people’s physical, mental and social health. He is a Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow and Salzburg Global Fellow and is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor of University of Glasgow.

Dr Frank Atherton took up post of Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director NHS Wales in August 2016.

Frank graduated in medicine from Leeds University and worked in hospital and primary care posts around the North of England for a number of years before undertaking voluntary work as a District Medical Officer in Malawi. On his return to the UK he completed specialist training in Public Health Medicine in the Yorkshire Region and then worked on international health and development issues for WHO and the UK Department for International Development in various locations including the Former Yugoslavia, Tanzania, and Bangladesh. From 2002 to 2012 Frank worked as a Director of Public Health in Lancashire and from 2008 to 2012 he also served as President of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH). In 2012 Frank moved to Canada to take up post as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in the Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia.

Alice Wiseman has been Director of Public Health in Gateshead since May 2016 and registered with the UK Public Health Register since December 2009. Before becoming the DPH Alice worked in a broad range of senior public health roles across Tyne and Wear. In an earlier part of her career, prior to retraining in public health, Alice worked as a Primary School teacher at an inner-City Newcastle school.

Alice is passionate about improving health and well-being with a particular focus on tackling the unfair inequalities faced by some communities. Alice believes that effective action to address these inequalities requires dedicated effort across the determinants of health as set out in the first Marmot Review ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ (2010). Alice’s approach is firmly rooted in the belief that people, in their own communities, must be central to solving the issues of inequality; firstly, through illustrating a true understanding of the lived experience and secondly, through identifying innovative and creative ways to improve the outcomes for their community. Alice also has an interested in the generation of research evidence and has one session a week working for the Clinical Research Network. Priorities for research in Gateshead have focussed on opportunities to gain a better understanding of how Government policy affects the lives of people living in some of the most disadvantaged communities. Giving a voice to those people who are least likely to be heard, and easiest to ignore, is central to her work in tackling inequalities at a local level.

Anna is the Director of Public Health for Wakefield District and also leads the council’s participation programme. Before joining the public health training programme Anna worked in the voluntary sector and the NHS in Leeds. During the programme she had stints in the West Yorkshire Police and the DHSC. Anna is particularly interested in community participation and co-production and how this can reduce health inequalities.

Anna is a fellow of the Forward Institute.

Helen Atkinson has been the Director of Public Health at Portsmouth City Council since January 2020 where she has led the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to this Helen was the Director of Population Health and Wellbeing at Frimley Health and Care Partnership (ICS) and had worked at a senior level in both local government and the NHS in Surrey since 2008. Roles included the Director of Flu Resilience during the HINI (Swine Flu) Pandemic at NHS Surrey and the Director of Public Health from 2013 leading the transition of public health to the local authority and in January 2016 was appointed to the role of Strategic Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health. Helen has had a long NHS and LA career spanning 33 years including four years working for the Department of Health in the Government Office for the South East (GOSE) as the Regional Tobacco Policy Manager, leading the implementation of the Smokefree legislation across the South East of England. Previously Helen worked in South East and East London in various public health roles spanning health protection, health improvement and public health development. Helen has been a Consultant in Public Health since 2006 is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians and a registered Generalist Specialist in Public Health on the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists.

Ivan has worked in the fields of Environmental and Public Health for over 30 years. Over this time, he has led and managed a range of programmes that have led to demonstrable improvements in health outcomes. He is currently the Director of Public Health and the Director of Sports Services for the City of Leicester, which is also the city where he was born.

Ivan is passionate about finding effective and innovative ways to tackle the significant levels of health inequality that are so often prevalent within multicultural urban environments such as Leicester and believes that the differential health impacts across communities highlighted by covid represent a call to action for society.

Ivan is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, an Honorary Professor in Public Health Practice and Pro-Chancellor of De Montfort University, Leicester and is an Honorary Doctor of Loughborough University.

Public Health Annual Reports 

The ADPH Annual Report Celebration is now open for entries. This annual initiative provides an opportunity to showcase the role of the DPH and their teams by shining a spotlight on the Annual PH reports, promoting the exchange of good practice and celebrating the successes of all our members. We encourage all DsPH to submit their 2020/21 reports for inclusion in the celebration. Click here to view the reports highlighted at last year’s Annual Workshop. The deadline for entries will be 18 March 2022.

Directors of Public Health in England have a statutory duty to write an Annual Public Health Report to demonstrate the state of health within their communities. It is a major opportunity for advocacy on behalf of the health of the population and as such can be extremely powerful both in talking to the community and also to support fellow professionals in public health.
The ADPH's top priority is supporting its members in their role as public health leaders. This page contains further details about our COVID-19 support offer for members. All COVID-19 related publications can be viewed on this page, including briefings, statements and blogs. We also run a Mentoring Scheme, which aims to offer DsPH who are relatively new in post and in interim/acting positions, support and guidance from colleagues who have had more experience in a substantive DPH role. The scheme also aims to support Associate members who are aspiring to become DsPH. Click here to find out more.
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Follow up Material 

Slides have been listed in order of appearance:

  • Alice Wiseman, DPH Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council - Alcohol and Covid-19 – It was bad before…
  • Anna Hartley, DPH Wakefield Metropolitan District Council - Collaboration – Health and Social Care Integration
  • Helen Atkinson, DPH Portsmouth City Council  - Working together to support our vulnerable care home residents
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