26 January 2021
Sussex Director of Public Health will help lead pandemic response
new permanent Director of Public Health for West Sussex has been recruited by
County Council, with a priority to help lead the response to the COVID-19
Challenger will start her new position in April and will take over from Dr
Tony Hill who has been interim Director of Public Health since last November.
is a highly experienced and clinically qualified public health professional
with a background in nursing and midwifery. She is currently Director of
Public Health at Nottingham City Council where she has led the local public
health response to the COVID-19 pandemic for Nottingham City and the
Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System and Local
Resilience Forum, including as Chair of the Tactical Coordination Group and
Outbreak Control Board.
has a wealth of experience in building and embedding public health and
wellbeing priorities across a range of strategic partnerships and is a member
of the Faculty of Public Health Board, the Association of Directors of Public
Health Council, and the Public Health England Tobacco Control Implementation
her appointment as Director of Public Health for West Sussex County Council,
Alison said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role in West Sussex to
support the local community. I’m really excited and looking forward to
starting with the team in the coming months.”
Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “I’m delighted to
welcome Alison to West Sussex. The role of Director of Public Health is
crucial not only to our ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, but
also to the long-term health of our residents.
would like to thank Dr Tony Hill for his outstanding work during the interim
and I am very grateful to him for continuing to lead our public health
response to the pandemic at such a key stage when the vaccination programme
is being rolled out.
is good to know that a considerable number of residents have already received
the vaccine, with more to follow in the coming weeks and months.”
indications show that the number of new coronavirus cases within West Sussex
have fallen slightly but they still remain high. The figures show that in the
seven days up to 20th January, there were 3,525 new confirmed cases of
COVID-19 in the county.
infection rate across West Sussex for the same period was 408 per 100,000.
This is below the national average in England of 420.7.
Jupp, who is also Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, added: “It is
reassuring to see COVID-19 numbers in West Sussex coming down, but we must
not be complacent. It remains vital that everyone continues to follow the
guidelines to keep West Sussex safe.”
Sussex County Council is supporting the NHS-led vaccination programme within
Sussex, which is working hard to ensure as many people in priority groups are
vaccinated as soon as possible.
Amanda Jupp said: “I am really pleased that the Council is working closely
with the NHS, which is leading the vaccination programme nationally and
across West Sussex. It is important to remember that even after having the
vaccine, there is still a chance that people might get or pass on coronavirus.
everyone, including those who have received the vaccine, must continue to
follow the stay-at-home restrictions and, if you do need to leave home for an
essential reason, please carry on washing your hands, wearing a face
covering as well as maintaining two metres distance from others.”
information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme is available on the Sussex
Health and Care Partnership website.
to find out more about the Council’s work to combat the pandemic.
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