WORKFORCE: Yvonne Doyle has been appointed as director of public health for the NHS South of England strategic health authority cluster, with immediate effect.

She takes over from Dr Gabriel Scally who stepped down on 31 March.

Dr Doyle had been public health director for the South of England (East) and is also national lead for the Department of Health on cold and hot weather preparedness.

She has been nationally recognised for her work on workforce issues and excess seasonal deaths among the elderly.

Commenting on her new role, she said:  “I look forward to building on the work that is already taking place to support the transition of public health functions to local authorities.”

NHS South of England chief executive Sir Ian Carruthers said: “Yvonne will be a great asset to the NHS South of England board given her breadth and depth of knowledge about public health and her comprehensive understanding about the health challenges within our local areas.”

“Her background in working across government and health and social care organisations will help us put in place a public health service in the South of England over the coming year that can effectively address these challenges.“

Sir Ian added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Gabriel Scally who has been an outstanding leader and is one of the titans of public health.” 

Dr Doyle qualified in 1981 from University College Dublin.

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