About this Event


12th May 12 pm - 1 pm



About the event:

Join Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, introduced by Royal Society for Public Health's Chief Executive, Christina Marriott as he shares his perspectives on Public Health and the State.

The role of the State and the individual is an important question in public health. This webinar will explore the areas that Government is perceived to be responsible for, ones where the public believe Government should have no role and the areas where medical professionals provide a third dimension to a triangle of responsibility.

This webinar will be pre-recorded, and so on this occasion, we will be unable to accept questions.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent public health charity dedicated to improving and protecting people's health. We are a Registered Charity and an independent Royal Society incorporated by Royal Charter with Her Majesty the Queen as our patron. For more information on RSPH, our policy positions, programmes and qualification or details of how to become a member, please visit our website.

RSPH are leading a series of webinars covering a range of topics and are delighted to offer the opportunity to hear Professor Chris Whitty's perspectives on the role of the state in public health and preventing disease.

Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK Government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession. Chris is also Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the government’s major funder of clinical, public health, social care and translational research. He represents the UK on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization.

Chris is a practising NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and Gresham Professor of Physic at Gresham College. Chris is an epidemiologist and has undertaken research and worked as a doctor in the UK, Africa and Asia. He was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) before becoming CMO.

Chris was the interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2017 to 2018, including during the Novichok poisonings. Before that, he was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID), which included leading technical work on the West Africa Ebola outbreak and other international emergencies.