Who are we
Public Health Birmingham is a multi-disciplinary team made up of doctors, nurses, consultants and professionals.
Dr Adrian Phillips - Director of Public Health
I qualified in medicine from Birmingham University in 1985. I spent my formative years in acute hospital medicine, treating many “avoidable illnesses”, especially coronary heart disease, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases. Then I specialised in population medicine and completed my training in Public Health in 1997. I was appointed Joint Director of Public Health at Wolverhampton in 2000. I moved back to Birmingham in October 2012, again as Director of Public Health.
My main public health interests are the interplay between Public Health and regeneration, the “start to life” and how we can best use intelligence until it “hurts”. I am interested in applying business quality principles within public services, including those derived from industry. Public Health improvement will partly come from applying evidence in “large-scale, industrial interventions” – we can learn much from industry in the systematic application of such interventions.
Dr Wayne Harrison - Consultant in Public Health
I have worked as a Consultant in Public Health since joining HoB tPCT in 2008, working in the Public Health team through a number of NHS reorganisations culminating in transferring to BCC in April 2013. During this time my role has been mainly in health care public health – using Public Health skills to inform better commissioning decisions – though I have had wider roles (Chair of Child Death Overview Panel, R&D Lead among others). Currently I lead the Public Health intelligence function and provide public health support to the newly formed clinical commissioning groups. I also lead Public Health Registrar training across Birmingham & Solihull.
My original background is scientific, having obtained a PhD in chemistry before working in academia and the water industry. I joined the NHS as a clinical and environmental toxicologist for 5 years before undertaking higher specialist training in Public Health in Staffordshire and Walsall, qualifying to be a consultant in 2006. I then spent 2 years as a senior lecturer at Birmingham University undertaking health care research and teaching Public Health, epidemiology and statistics to postgraduate and medical school students. My main Public Health interests are around the best use of intelligence and research methodologies to plan and evaluate services and the use of Public Health skills to support health and social care commissioning and to reduce health inequalities.
Safina Mistry - Business Planning and Data Protection Management Lead
I am taking forward the work on falls and fractures prevention across Birmingham supporting the DPH in addressing issues of health inequalities. This work includes developing a falls prevention pathway and strategy. I also manage a small team within PH that focuses on supporting people to prevent the first fall.
I am working with Commissioning colleagues in the People Directorate in shaping the work they do with our partners in the third sector, we are developing a set of measures and outcomes that can be built into future provider contracts for preventative services.
I support work on prevention and early intervention and am involved in a number of pieces of work including one that involves research with social workers and Public health colleagues on reducing placements into residential care settings and types of effective interventions.
I am the PH lead on all governance issues including information security and Data protection and investigate data breaches.