Health inequalities are a social justice issue, and the challenge of addressing them is core to public health practice.
Ben is the Deputy Director for Healthcare Public Health in the East Midlands, responsible for a team that supports to the NHS and local authorities on all aspects of healthcare public health including specific support for specialised commissioning, dental public health, health and justice and screening and immunisation services. Ben also leads on Knowledge and Intelligence within the Centre and is the Executive sponsor of the Centre’s Deep Dive programme which has produced reports on Health Inequalities, Alcohol, Cancer, Early Years (0-5), CVD, TB and Health and Justice since its inception.
Prior to joining PHE in 2014 Ben trained in Public Health in Yorkshire and Humber, including working with the DH’s Health Inequalities National Support Team, and worked as a Public Health Consultant in the NHS and Local Government in both Yorkshire and Humber and the East Midlands. He continues to be passionate about tackling health inequalities and the delivery of local solutions through collaboration and system leadership. In his current role works closely with all of the East Midlands Partner Organisations and over the past 3 years he has led a joint programme of work with the East Midlands Clinical Senate on Prevention in response to the NHS Five Year Forward View. This work has supported the development of a holistic view of prevention in the East Midlands and a set of diagnostic tools for providers and commissioners to assess their progress against the national ambition for a “radical upgrade in prevention and public health”. Ben is a Fellow of both the Faculty of Public Health and the Higher Education Academy and contributes to Public Health Training as the Training Programme Director for Quality within the East Midlands School of Public Health. Ben is co-chair of the East Midlands Healthcare Public Health Community of Improvement and CVD Prevention Steering Groups and a member of the Sheffield School for Public Health Advisory Group.