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Dr Chris Kenny, Director Public Health, City & County Council


Chris is currently working as the Director of Public Health (DPH) for Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City, which is a joint appointment between Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council (started 1 April 2013).

As well as leading the public health function across the county and city, Chris is involved in training public health staff and is a tutor at Nottingham University.

Chris has been responsible for the overall implementation of the PH function across Nottinghamshire County over the last few years. This includes health improvement (e.g. implementation of policies for tobacco, obesity, substance misuse, etc), health protection (e.g. vaccination programmes, pandemic flu planning) and health service commissioning (e.g. ensuring NHS commissioners operate based on a population assessment of health need). During 2012-13 he was responsible for ensuring an effective transition of the PH function from the NHS into local government.

Before taking up his current appointment, he was the DPH for NHS Nottinghamshire County and NHS Bassetlaw (Oct 2006-Mar 2013). Prior to that he was DPH for Ashfield and Mansfield District Primary Care Trusts (April 2004-Sept 2006) and prior to that he was the DPH for Mansfield District PCT (2002-04). He was the Deputy Advisor for the Faculty of Public Health in the East Midlands from 2004-07.

After graduating from Nottingham University Medical School in 1983, he undertook house jobs in York and Luton then trained as a GP in Leeds and Sheffield (1984-87). He then joined the Trent rotational training scheme for public health medicine, working in Derby and Nottingham (1987-91).  He was appointed as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine to Southern Derbyshire Health Authority in August 1991, and then later moved on to join the Public Health Team at the Trent Regional Office of the NHS Executive (1998-2002).

A video of his presentation is available below:-




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