Physical inactivity and poor diet are among the top causes of ill health, and if we get ill this can negatively impact on our working life. Conversely when we’re feeling well we’re at our best. We’re more productive and take …
Dr Justin Varney
Dr Justin Varney is the National Strategic Advisor on Health and Work at Public Health England.
Dr Varney leads our strategic approach to health, work and worklessness issues and our external and cross-government engagement in this area. He is also our expert advisor on LGBT inequalities as well as providing specialist public health advice to a range of topics and programmes.
Dr Varney has previously led a range of programmes across PHE including our work on physical activity, health and worklessness and workplace health as well as managing the teams leading our work on sexual, reproductive health and HIV prevention, community pharmacy and allied health professionals.
He works closely with colleagues in NHS England and the Civil Service Employment Policy Team to support the public sector to become an exemplar of employee health and wellbeing as well working to support the DWP/DH Joint Unit on Health and Work in their work to close the disability employment gap.
Dr Varney is PHE’s senior liaison for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and have developed and led much of our work to support the implementation of the Sport Strategy and working closely with colleagues in Sport England and Arts Council England towards our shared aim of getting everybody active every day. He has also represented PHE at the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, leading their collaboration to input to the WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and represent them at the Scientific Technical Advisory Group at WHO.
Prior to joining Public Health England, Dr Varney was a Joint Deputy Director of Public Health in East London working between the Primary Care Trust and Local Authority. He trained in General Practice before specialising in Public Health Medicine and has worked across both primary and secondary care settings.
Justin has a special interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities and domestic violence as a public health issue. He has previously sat on the Board of several charities including the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence and the National LGBT Consortium of Voluntary Sector Organisations.
We spend a third of our lives asleep. Most people know that a good night’s sleep is the best way to recover after a hard day.
We all know that if we have a bad night’s sleep, the next day we’re just not at our best. We are often more irritable, find it hard to concentrate or don’t perform as well as usual and the longer …
Public Health England has been working closely with the Joint Work and Health Unit in developing ‘Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability’, which sets out the Government’s plan to get disabled people back into work.
An individual’s journey towards self-awareness and self-identification of their sexual orientation or gender identity can happen at different stages of life.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals, like anyone, will experience mental health challenges and distress during their lifetime. However the evidence both from the UK and internationally highlights increased levels of common mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and …
Too often the discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) health inequalities doesn’t drill down enough to look at the needs of the individual communities.
Being yourself at work is key to being able to achieve both your personal and professional potential.
It’s a significant public health triumph that life expectancy has consistently improved over the last 20 years and children born today will live about five years longer than their counterparts born two decades ago. In 2013 it was estimated that …
Last week Bangkok hosted over 1,000 international delegates for the 6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health. The Congress marked a key milestone in bringing the International Society of Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) biennial congress to Asia for …
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