Public health matters

Clare Perkins

Clare Perkins is Deputy Director of the Priorities and Programmes Division in the Health Improvement Directorate at Public Health England (PHE), and is responsible for seven national public health programmes: Public Mental Health, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Work and Health, Musculoskeletal Health, Healthy Places, Communities, and Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV.

Clare is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, registered as a Public Health Specialist (generalist), and has over 25 years’ experience in the NHS, Academia and the Civil Service, working at local, regional and national levels.

Former posts include Head of Risk Factors Intelligence (PHE), Director of the North West Knowledge and Intelligence Team (PHE), Deputy Director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, and Assistant Regional Director of Public Health in the South West.

Twitter: @clare_perkins

Prioritising mental health

Mental health and mental illness have an impact on all of us, either directly or indirectly – whilst we can all benefit from having good mental health, 1 in 6 adults experienced a common mental health problem in the last week. This blog covers the ways in which PHE is prioritising improving mental health and the lives of people living with mental illness.