Traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, also known as the Spring Festival, start on 19 February 2015 (the Chinese Year of the Goat). The Spring festival is the longest and most important festival in the Chinese calendar, lasting for fifteen days. …
Brian McCloskey has worked in public health at local, regional, national and international level over a period of 25 years.
A director of public health in successive local health authorities in England from 1988 to 2002, Brian then worked as Deputy Regional Director of Public Health in the Regional Government Office, West Midlands, with an interest in health protection. In 2004 he joined the Health Protection Agency with a remit for emergency planning and responsibility for cross government aspects of the agency’s response to major emergencies. Brian was involved nationally in the HPA’s response to the London bombings in 2005, and the Buncefield Oil Depot fire in 2005, as well as flooding incidents in 2007, and pandemic flu in 2009.
In September 2008, Brian became Regional Director for the HPA in London where he had the lead role in planning for the 2012 London Olympics.
Brian has been working with WHO’s Mass Gatherings Advisory Group since 2008, helping develop their public health guidance and planning toolkit and is head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Mass Gatherings working with mass gatherings such as the World Cup in South Africa as well as the London Olympics.
Brian took on the role of Director of Global Health for Public Health England in April 2013.
In the January 2013 New Year’s Honours List, Brian was awarded a CBE for services to public health and public safety.
In this Ebola Q&A blog Brian McCloskey, director of global health for Public Health England, answers questions about how people catch Ebola. If you want the latest updates on Ebola and the UK response, check the UK Government Ebola page or follow …
In this blog PHE Director of Global Health Brian McCloskey answers some of the public health questions currently being raised in the media and via social media, about Ebola. The West Africa Ebola outbreak is an evolving situation and we …
“Global Health Security” sounds like a very grand and important subject, but what does it mean for PHE (and the UK) and what do we actually do? Global Health Security in this context covers the collective efforts of governments and …
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