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Public Health Annual Report
Director of Public Health Lead: Strategic Intelligence & Partnerships
Matthew Ashton was appointed as the Director of Public Health for Knowsley in August 2013, having held the position of Acting Director of Public Health since October 2012. In addition to his role in Knowsley, he has recently been appointed Director of Public Health for Sefton Council.
Matt heads up a public health team of 30 people, covering strategy & intelligence, quality & health protection and public health improvement & commissioning. Matt has responsibility for a public health budget of more than £15 million. Priorities contained in the Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Knowsley include mental health, alcohol, respiratory disease, and the appropriate use of services.
Prior to taking up the Director role, Matt was Deputy Director of Public Health, with responsibility for strategy development, public health intelligence, research & evaluation, health inequalities, and wider determinants of health. Matt was also the lead consultant working with NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, and is the strategic lead for intelligence for the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health.
Matt has been based in Knowsley since 2005, and has previously held positions at the North West Public Health Observatory / Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, and at the Health Protection Agency North West.