Boss Named for New Greater Manchester Public Health Devo Role
Wendy Meredith (pictured) has recently (Wednesday 30 September) been appointed as Greater Manchester’s first ever Director of Population Health Transformation.
Working closely with healthcare bosses and senior council officials, Wendy Meredith will play a major role in overseeing the change in approach to health and social care across Greater Manchester, with regional authorities preparing to take control of a ?6 billion NHS and social care budget.
The appointment follows a unique agreement on July 10 to create a united, single leadership for public health across Greater Manchester – to focus on preventative and targeted work to help 2.8million people stay healthy, able to work and have better family life.
The new role will oversee a greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention to stop people becoming ill ? so that they can remain independent and have the best family, work and lifestyle opportunities.
Wendy Meredith, who is the current Director of Public Health for Bolton Council and chairs the Greater Manchester Directors of Public Health Group, brings a wealth of experience to the position after working in the healthcare sector for over 30 years. She is looking forward to having an influential role at such an integral time.
She said: “The Greater Manchester Health and Care Devolution agreement committed us ensuring the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and well-being of the 2.8 million citizens of Greater Manchester.
“We know that good health is linked to healthy habits such as eating well and being active but more importantly, to having a good job, a decent home and people to care about. Our priorities include supporting parents to give their children the best possible start in life, supporting people to be in sustainable and good-quality work and nurturing a social movement for change to enable people to make their own informed choices and adopt healthy habits.
“It is an honour for me to accept this position and I cannot wait to play my part in shaping the region’s health and care system as we look for new ways to help people to stay healthy and enjoy better lives.”
After starting her career in the NHS in 1983, working as a Radiographer in Salford and Manchester, Wendy Meredith will now work alongside key figures from Public Health England, NHS England, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the emergency services to deliver the region’s long-term vision for devolved powers.
Ian Williamson, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution, has welcomed Wendy to the role.
Ian said: “The appointment of Greater Manchester’s first ever Director of Population Health Transformation is the latest major milestone in the process of devolving control over health and social care to the regional authorities.
“This appointment is central to a new joined up way of working and ensures Public Health continues to play an integral role in the process of devolution. Wendy brings a wealth of expertise and experience with her to the role and I am sure she will be an integral figure in the future of Greater Manchester’s healthcare system.”
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, said: “I warmly welcome Wendy’s appointment. These are exciting times for Greater Manchester as everyone pulls together to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. Wendy’s role will be pivotal to keeping everyone focused on this as the primary aim of devolution.”
Lord Peter Smith, Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s lead for health,
said: “If we are to develop a more successful healthcare system for Greater Manchester’s 2.8 million residents, we will need much greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention. Wendy’s role will be crucial working with individuals, families and communities to take better care of their own health. This will help Greater Manchester become a much healthier place to live.”
How the new role fits into Greater Manchester Health and Care Devolution:
- The appointment follows the agreement on July 10 to create a united, single leadership for public health across Greater Manchester – to focus on preventative and targeted work to help 2.8million people stay healthy, able to work and have better family life. The move – which was the second milestone within Greater Manchester’s Health and Care Devolution – places more emphasis on prevention and early intervention to stop people becoming ill. It also aims to help to keep people independent and have the best family work and lifestyle opportunities.
- The agreement and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is between Greater Manchester’s public health leads with Public Health England and NHS England, supported by Greater Manchester’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS provider organisations and emergency services. The MoU was signed by Public Health Chief Duncan Selbie and NHS England boss Simon Stevens with the region’s NHS and local authority leads.
- Early work will focus on vascular disease, the Greater Manchester Alcohol Strategy, combining the work of emergency services to help with integrated health and care arrangements, and increasing the uptake of health checks across Greater Manchester.
Wendy Meredith Biography:
- Wendy Meredith is an experienced Director of Public Health with a proven track record in tackling health inequalities, delivering improved Public Health outcomes and improving services to patients and citizens.
- She becomes Greater Manchester’s first ever Director of Population Health Transformation, having been the Director of Public Health for Bolton Council for three years, while also chairing the Greater Manchester Directors of Public Health Group.
- Wendy brings with her more than eighteen years’ experience of working to improve health and health care in roles including Deputy Regional Director of Public Health for the North West of England, Director of Public Health for NHS Western Cheshire & Cheshire County Council and Director of Public Health for Central Cheshire Primary Care Trust
- She began her career in the NHS in 1983 working as a Radiographer in Salford and Manchester and has a Masters Degree in Public Health, a BSc in Health and Community Studies and is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.
- Her areas of interest include: children’s health and wellbeing; promoting well-being and good mental health; using asset-based approaches; creating conditions and environments which support flourishing communities and developing a public health workforce to deliver new approaches to public health.
ISSUE DATE: 21 September 2015
Issued on behalf of Public Health England, NHS England, the Greater Manchester Association of Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS in Greater Manchester, and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.