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Viv Bennett

In January 2012, Viv was appointed as the Department of Health’s Director of Nursing and the Government’s Principal Advisor on Public Health Nursing, providing high quality and independent nursing advice to ministers and officials on policy issues and public health nursing. She leads the national Health Visiting Programme and School Nurse Development Programme. As of September 2012, Viv was also appointed the Director of Nursing at Public Health England.

She trained as a nurse in Oxford in 1976 and worked in children’s nursing before training as a health visitor in Oxford in the early 1980s. She worked as a health visitor and research health visitor in Oxford whilst studying for a BA and then
Masters degree in health and social policy.

Viv has worked in a number of NHS operational management and commissioning roles and undertaken nurse executive roles in both provider and commissioning organisations. She has also worked for SHA and local government on projects relating to nursing strategy and services for children and families.

Viv joined the Department of Health (DH) as Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in November 2007. She is a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Coventry in November 2012.

Through health and high water: a young carer’s perspective

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School holidays are upon us, a time for children and young people to enjoy with friends and family, a real opportunity to play, explore and generally chill! Some young people, however, have ongoing responsibilities which may prevent or reduce the …

At the heart of it all: personalised care and population health

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This is the title of our second national conference focused on maximising the contribution of nurses, midwives, health visitors and allied health professionals (AHPs) to protecting and improving the public’s health.  Personalised care and population health is also the name …

'Nothing about us without us': why listening to children and young people makes for good public health

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What do young people think are the big public health messages? The best way to find out is to ask them! Listening to children and young people is core to PHE and Department of Health values and both organisations have …

Tackling antibiotic resistance with help from children and young people

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At end of February nurses and midwives from both PHE and the Department of Health ran a week of action linked to NHS Change Day, focusing on health protection and building resilience. We focused on the public health challenges of …

Nursing and the public’s health: in PHE and beyond

Last week saw plenty of conversation about the public health aspect of the Compassion in Practice nursing vision. Viv Bennett and her team were letting nurses and midwives know that they can really make a difference. Here are some highlights.