Local Authorities are moving from being a scrutineer of health to a strategic role which is a huge shift and a huge learning curve for them. The DPH will need to rise to this challenge to be the kind of officer which will help local authorities achieve this shift. There are a significant number of legal and constitutional issues within this. An independent, scrutineer DPH will not achieve this. A strong officer with a clear sense of officer-member boundaries, strong relationships with officers and members and clear policy agreement from members will.
I recently produced a paper on this along with a several sets of powerpoint slides. The paper talks through a number of the organisational, constitutional, personal and other issues facing the Director of Public Health and the Authority.
You can find the paper here
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I hope to add to this series of thoughts and papers over the next few weeks