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Rosanna O’Connor

Rosanna O’Connor is Director, Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco within the Health and Wellbeing Directorate of Public Health England (PHE). PHE was established in April 2013 with a mission to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities. Rosanna was previously Director of Delivery at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA). Having joined the NTA in 2003, she quickly assumed responsibility for all the agency’s operational activity. Rosanna was a previous Board member of the Youth Justice Board, chairing the Secure Accommodation Committee.
Rosanna previously held senior positions in two national voluntary sector organisations, building a significant track record of developing and delivering community, residential and prison-based services for a range of disadvantaged and complex groups of people.
Rosanna’s interest in health inequalities of individuals and communities is based on extensive experience of local communities, having been a leading elected member for 14 years, rooted in voluntary work primarily aimed at giving a voice to people marginalised by the system.

Expert interview: Carrying out our alcohol evidence review

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What’s the public health impact of alcohol and what is the effectiveness of policies for reducing alcohol-related harm? PHE’s new evidence review seeks to answer those questions and you’ll find the full document on GOV.UK and an abridged version published …

What we've learned from our annual drug and alcohol treatment statistics

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PHE has released its annual drug and alcohol treatment statistics for 2015-16. This report brings together information on adults receiving specialist interventions for both drug and alcohol problems, recognising that many people experience problems with more than one substance – so …

Tools for assessing value for money for alcohol and drug treatment

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In 2014-15 there were 295,244 adults in alcohol and drug treatment services across England. The latest official statistics on drug-related deaths in England showed the highest number of substance misuse related death since these records began and highlights a worrying …