As local authorities start to get to grips with their new public health responsibilities there is the inevitable jostling for position and power in terms of where the public health teams sit.
In the non-statutory Public Health England guidance (produced jointly with the Local Government Assocation and the Faculty of Public Health) on appointment of directors of public health by local authorities there is a clear position that the Director of Public should have “accountability for acting as the lead officer in a local authority for heath” and “to enable them to carry out their role effectively there must be direct accountability between the DPH and and the local authority chief executive”. In most cases this is taken to mean that the Director of Public Health should have equal standing at the Executive Team as others such as the Director of Adult Social Care.
Some local authorities have not fallen obediently…
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