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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.

Understanding the relationship between health, work and worklessness

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Worklessness is an important public health issue at both local and national level and is highlighted in many health and wellbeing strategies, devolution plans and in the Five Year Forward View and Sustainability Transformation Plans for the NHS. With combined …

Improving the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals

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This week we mark both Mental Health Awareness Week and the International Day Against Homophobia. Evidence shows there are stark inequalities in mental health for gay, bisexual, lesbian and trans individuals. The Stonewall lesbian and gay health surveys, which represent …

Physical activity: How can we turn inspiration into action?

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With an exciting summer of sport ahead, how can we turn inspiration into action? Many people are looking forward to cheering on their sporting heroes this summer. Whether it’s watching Euro 2016, the European Gymnastic Championships, Wimbledon or the Olympic …

Bad for people, bad for business – domestic violence and the workplace

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Did you know that an estimated 8.5% of women and 4.5% of men have experienced domestic violence in the last year, in England and Wales? Domestic violence has serious and prolonged impacts on physical and mental health for those enduring violence, …