Paul Johnstone

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  Paul Johnstone

Paul Johnstone

Regional Director North of England, Public Health England

Professor Paul Johnstone is the Regional Director (North) and an executive director for Public Health England. Previously he was Director of Public Health for the NHS in the North of England and Regional Director of Public Health for Yorkshire & the Humber (setting up its first regional team in 2002) and Director of Public Health and Medical Director for Tees and Durham.

Paul has worked as a hospital doctor, GP and executive director.  His career includes volunteering and working with refugees in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan, then a senior technical adviser to the UK’s Department for International Development, German Government and WHO.  In the 1990s he entered public health in Oxford, worked for the Cochrane Collaboration then Oxford University as honorary senior lecturer, then the first professor of Public Health at the University of Teesside. He is currently a visiting professor at Leeds Beckett University. His interests are in health inequalities, evidence based healthcare, universal healthcare and global health.

In addition to his North of England role he advisers the UK Government on health inequalities, devolution policy and community asset approaches and is a member of the Well North Board.  Recently he advised the WHO in Sierra Leone and led PHE’s project to support reconstruction after Ebola (2015-17). He lives in North Yorkshire with his family.

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