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Paul Johnstone

Professor Paul Johnstone is the Regional Director for Public Health England (North). Previously he was the Cluster Director of Public Health for NHS North of England and Regional Director of Public Health for Yorkshire & the Humber. Since joining the NHS in 1983, Paul has worked as a hospital doctor, GP and as a manager. He has worked in a number of developing countries. In 1993 he trained in public health at Oxford and London, and worked for the Cochrane Collaboration and Oxford University as honorary senior lecturer. He subsequently worked in Teesside and Durham and Tees. He established the first regional public health team for Yorkshire and Humber before being appointed as Director of Public Health for NHS Yorkshire and Humber. During the 2012-3 transition he led national work on re-establishing healthcare public health, chairing a task group on developing the locally mandated public health advice service to clinical commissioning groups and working with NHS England on its public health role. He lives in North Yorkshire with his family.

Taking place-based action to reduce health inequalities and build back better and fairer

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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have mirrored, and in some cases exacerbated, our entrenched health and social inequalities. Find out how PHE's new resource can help local areas to build back inclusive and sustainable economies.

Realising the potential of community assets to improve our health and wellbeing

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“Let’s focus on what’s strong, not on what’s wrong”. These words from Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health for Hull City Council, epitomise what is at the core of community-centred and asset-based approaches, evident throughout the recent PHE annual conference. …

Tackling northern health inequalities: The timing couldn’t be better

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We all know there can be huge gaps in life expectancy experienced between different stops on the tube or an equivalent bus route, in Bath or Blackpool, Plymouth, Coventry, Nottingham or Sheffield.  Familiarity with these gaps can dim their power …