Gloucestershire has a new director of public health
The cross-party Appointments Sub Committee has appointed Siobhan Farmer as Gloucestershire’s new director of public health.
Siobhan joined the county council as deputy director of public health just seven weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic, but she quickly established herself as a key member of the public health team, who did so much to help protect communities across the county against Covid-19.
Given recent announcements in relation to adult social care reform including the introduction of the care cap and the reintroduction of an inspection regime for adult social care, the re-establishment of the director of public health role will allow Sarah Scott as the executive director for adult social care, wellbeing and communities to provide strategic oversight for the entire adult social care and public health portfolio in preparation for a period of significant change.
Sarah will also continue to play a key role in the wider health and care system . Siobhan, as DPH, will take on the statutory duties required of a DPH and oversee the delivery of the range of public health responsibilities.
Siobhan will start her new role in July at which point her existing role, deputy director of public health, will be deleted.
Led by Sarah, our public health team worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to do everything possible to protect communities across the county. Siobhan will build on this fantastic work and help the county tackle the much wider agenda of levelling up within our communities.
Congratulations Siobhan on your well-deserved appointment!