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New Joint Director of Public Health appointed

Published Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Dr Shahed Ahmad has been appointed as Joint Director of Public Health for both NHS Enfield and Enfield Council.

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The creation of a new Joint Director post means that Dr Ahmad will have responsibility for public health in both the NHS and local government. He will be responsible for promoting health and wellbeing, tackling health inequalities and ensuring that public bodies work well together to improve the health of local people.

Dr Ahmad graduated in Medicine from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge completing his clinical studies at what was then called University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London. Shahed also has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He a highly experienced Director of Public Health having worked in a number of boroughs across North London and having been the Regional Associate Director for Health Improvement where he led the rollout of the NHS Healthcheck across London. Amongst Dr Ahmad's achievements has been engineering the largest drop in cardiac mortality of any PCT in London, helping to save hundreds of lives.

He lives in Enfield and has an enormous passion for improving the health and wellbeing of people in the borough. Dr Ahmad said: "We face some enormous challenges in terms of child health, adult health inequalities and healthy lifestyles. I am relishing the opportunity of working with people who live and work in Enfield to make Enfield an even healthier place to live."

Nigel Beverley, Interim Chief Executive of NHS Enfield said: "We are delighted to appoint to this important new post which will ensure that the NHS and local government work more closely together to improve health of people in Enfield.  Dr Ahmad brings a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the job."

"Cllr. Edward Smith, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services, said "I strongly believe that we as a Council must work more closely with NHS Enfield to address public health issues in our local community, many of which are lifestyle related.

"Having Dr. Ahmad on our senior management team enables us to link with colleagues in the local health service, and start to develop public health policy on a joint basis.

"Pooling Council and NHS resources will allow us to share information on changing demography and lifestyle related health issues, and thus provide more effective services to the local community".

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