Halton confirms appointment of Director of Public Health

Halton Borough Council has appointed Dr Ifeoma Onyia to the place of Director of Public Health, the statutory position which has accountability for offering management on the advance and safety of the well being of Halton’s inhabitants.Dr Onyia has labored for Halton Borough Council since 2013 as a Public Health Consultant, having beforehand labored for the NHS in Wirral and Stoke-on-Trent. She turned interim Director of Public Health for Halton in Autumn final 12 months, following the retirement of Eileen O’Meara.The publish of Director of Public Health is a statutory place which means it has skilled accountability to the Secretary of State for Health by way of the Office for Health Improvement & Disparities, in addition to to the Council’s Chief Executive.  In her position, Dr Onyia would be the principal advisor on all well being issues to elected members and supply management on well being enchancment, well being safety and healthcare public well being.In addition, the publish additionally consists of accountability for a variety of different Council providers that assist wellbeing and public security, together with Environmental Health and Trading Standards.A Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Dr Onyia initially studied drugs in Nigeria and skilled typically observe throughout Yorkshire and Cheshire and Merseyside, earlier than finishing her public well being coaching additionally in Cheshire and Merseyside.Ifeoma beforehand labored as a Consultant in Public Health for the NHS in Wirral and Stoke-on-Trent earlier than taking over her position in Halton, the place she led on Healthcare Public Health, Intelligence and Governance.Talking about her appointment, Dr Onyia stated: “I’m delighted to take up this vital position on a everlasting foundation.“I imagine that everybody, regardless of who they’re or the place they reside, ought to have the chance to expertise their finest and healthiest lives.“Public well being could make a very vital contribution to attaining this, by way of the work we do round prevention, tackling well being inequalities and in addition in supporting work to deal with these wider elements that affect the alternatives folks must reside a full and wholesome life.“I’m actually passionate concerning the job and the work that my crew do day by day to make a optimistic distinction to the lives of folks in Halton. I sit up for working with elected members, companions and colleagues to make progress towards our priorities and proceed to enhance well being outcomes for native folks” Cllr Marie Wright, Executive Board Member for Health and Wellbeing stated: “We are delighted that following her interim interval, Ifeoma will now take up the everlasting place as Halton’s Director of Public Health.“Ifeoma brings to the position an important combine of abilities, native data and expertise, plus an abundance of vitality and enthusiasm, all of which might be an amazing asset to Halton as we work to additional enhance the well being and wellbeing of our native inhabitants.“I’m assured that with Ifeoma’s appointment, the general public well being of Halton continues to be in secure fingers.”In addition to her position as Director of Public Health, Ifeoma holds a National Institute of Health and Care Research funded position to construct public well being analysis capability in native authorities.A mom of twins, Ifeoma can also be a member of a operating group and in addition enjoys cooking, studying, flash fiction writing and needlework.


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