The head of the local delivery and health inequalities unit has become the latest senior Department of Health employee to return to the frontline.
Maggie Rae has become the director of health at Wiltshire primary care trust.
Ms Rae was seconded to the DoH for two years from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
She told HSJ: 'I enjoyed my role and felt being head of health inequalities was the best job in the department. There was some restructuring and my job wasn't a substantive job and a local joint director of public health role came up in Wiltshire which is a great opportunity.'
Ms Rae felt she had made a difference at the department watching health inequalities move to being the 'top priority' of the NHS.
Jeff James, chief executive of Wiltshire PCT, said: 'Maggie's appointment is a big boost for public health in Wiltshire. It marks a new era of even closer working between the PCT and local authority to improve the health of all people in the county, and particularly to tackle health inequalities.'
A DoH spokesperson said: 'Maggie Rae has left the department to return to the NHS, where we are sure that her leadership and commitment to reducing health inequalities will continue to be inspirational.'
The department will seek a new head of health inequalities. Dr Fiona Adshead, director general for health improvement, will continue to lead for the department on tackling health inequalities.