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Helen Duncan

Helen leads the development of the Child and maternal Health (ChiMat) Intelligence function in response to national strategy for child and maternal health. This includes networking with key stakeholders including Government Departments, NHS England, Public Health England (Regions and Centres), Local Authorities, leading academics and clinical experts in the field. Helen is a member of the independent advisory group the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum.

Helen comes to the role with Acute Hospital Board level experience in Health Informatics and private sector consultancy experience with a focus on strategy, business intelligence and knowledge management. A research scientist by background Helen is firmly committed to the principles of evidence based decision making.

Helen has a first class degree in Natural Sciences and PhD from the University of Cambridge and has completed an MBA with the Open University.

Using small area data for local planning on the health of children

Over the years, we in PHE have had many requests for data for small geographical areas, particularly for electoral wards. Through our work leading the National Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network we have seen that while those working …