The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and the City of Wolverhampton Council have appointed a Consultant in Public Health to further strengthen the integration of healthcare in the City.
Dr Kate Warren, who takes up the role this month, trained in Birmingham and has worked within the NHS and local councils in the Black Country for the last 12 years.
As Consultant in Public Health, Dr Warren will be instrumental in helping the NHS Trust, council, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and GPs understand patterns of health and disease in the local population, turning data and scientific research into useful intelligence which will help inform future service planning and redesign.
She will work with health providers to embed prevention into clinical pathways, ensuring that staff are equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to support patients to make healthier choices, and with staff who deliver Public Health services, such as health visitors.
David Loughton, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “Public Health is everyone’s business and I am proud that we will be amongst the first hospitals in the country to embed a Public Health function into our Trust to work more closely with the consultants and GPs in our organisation.
“We have done some great work in integrating the hospital with GP practices across the city. We will be working closely with all our health and social care partners, including the City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, to tackle the next challenge which is the wider determinants of health such as living conditions, education, lifestyle, environment and transport and Public Health have great expertise in this.”
Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are determined to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wolverhampton and to do this we need to properly integrate health and social care services in the city.
“We are therefore in the process of transforming our Public Health services so that they can focus their efforts on addressing the factors that have most impact on people’s health which are their lifestyle choices and being able to enjoy a good education, housing, income and living environment.
“We want our Public Health experts to work more closely with other parts of the council, the NHS and the voluntary and community sectors so that, together, we find ways to improve the health of everyone in Wolverhampton. The Consultant in Public Health will have a crucial part to play this this, and Dr Warren brings a wealth of experience to this very important role.”