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Devo Manc's new public health chief announced

Devo Manc's new public health chief announced

Greater Manchester’s first ever director of population health transformation has been appointed to oversee the change in approach to health and social care services in light of devolution in the area
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Greater Manchester’s first ever director of population health transformation has been appointed to oversee the change in approach to health and social care services in light of devolution in the area.

Wendy Meredith – the current director of public health for Bolton Council and chair of the Greater Manchester Directors of Public Health Group – has more than 30 years experience in the healthcare sector.

The new role is a consequence of the agreement on 10 July to create a united, single leadership for public health across Greater Manchester, and will focus on prevention and early intervention.

In response, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: “These are exciting times for Greater Manchester as everyone pulls together to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. Wendy's role will be pivotal to keeping everyone focused on this as the primary aim of devolution.

Similarly, Ian Williamson, chief officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution, has welcomed Wendy to the role.

"The appointment of Greater Manchester’s first ever Director of Population Health Transformation is the latest major milestone in the process of devolving control over health and social care to the regional authorities.

"This appointment is central to a new joined up way of working and ensures Public Health continues to play an integral role in the process of devolution. Wendy brings a wealth of expertise and experience with her to the role and I am sure she will be an integral figure in the future of Greater Manchester’s healthcare system," he added.

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