Marietta handed new health role

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A BOROUGH woman has been appointed as the new director of public health for North Tyneside.

Marietta Evans has been appointed jointly by North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside Primary Care Trust – taking up her new role on October 3.

Mrs Evans, who has a strong background in driving local initiatives to improve health, has been working in South Tyneside for the past four years, first as a public health specialist and since late 2008 as director of public health.

During her career, she has tackled a range of difficult issues associated with improving health including alcohol, domestic violence and sexual health and headed a large team responsible for improving health and well-being.

In her new role, Mrs Evans will have a leading part in implementing new arrangements for health improvement.

Mrs Evans said: “After working south of the river for so long I’m delighted to be working in my home borough.

“It is an exciting time to be taking on this new post, when responsibilities for public health are transferring to local councils.

“I look forward to getting to grips with the opportunities presented by these changes for more joint working between the council and the NHS and to making the most of the fantastic assets North Tyneside has at its disposal to improve health for people living across the borough.”

Mayor Linda Arkley, welcomed Mrs Evans to her post.

She said: “I am delighted to welcome Marietta to the post of director for public health for North Tyneside.

“I am confident her spark and energy will bring a real benefit to the health of everyone in North Tyneside. I’m sure her experience will be a tremendous asset to us and our partners.”

Chris Reed, chief executive of NHS North of Tyne, added: “I’m very pleased that we have made this key appointment which means that we have locality directors of public health in each of our three primary care organisations.

“These posts are critical for future public health improvement and wellbeing programmes. We warmly welcome Marietta to the team.”