THE chief executive of Public Health England was visiting the Isle of Wight today (Friday) to learn about efforts to increase breastfeeding rates, reduce passive smoking in children and tackle the Island’s high rates of smoking in pregnancy.
Duncan Selbie will meet the public health team, at County Hall, to find out more about the research projects they are working on and visit Ryde Children’s Centre. There, he will meet staff running programmes to improve the health of children and their families.
Simon Bryant, acting director of Public Health, said: "We are looking forward to welcoming Duncan Selbie and providing him with an overview of our work and the particular successes we have had on the Island in meeting local health needs."
Mr Selbie will meet the Isle of Wight Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Steve Subbings, and managing director, Dave Burbage, to discuss the recent transfer of public health from the NHS to the local authority.
Cllr Stubbings said: "We are already seeing the benefits of public health being part of the local authority as the team is able to work much more closely with areas such as children’s services and adult social care."