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Northumbria Public Lecture Series: Professor Kevin Fenton

Northumbria University


Professor Kevin Fenton MD PhD FFPH, Strategic Director for Place and Wellbeing, London Borough of Southwark

'Innovation and New Directions for Scaling Up Prevention and Making an Impact in Local Government'

Free Admission. Refreshments available from 6pm. 

Lecture Synopsis

All public services are facing a stark challenge – how to meet rising demand with diminishing resources. For the health and social care sector, the need for change is made more urgent given changing demographic profiles, continued austerity and economic uncertainty,  and increasingly complex health and social care needs of local communities. Key to the sustainability of the future health and social care system is engaging and supporting individuals and communities to promote wellbeing, resilience and prevent ill health thereby increasing years of life lived productively and without disease.

This presentation will explore early experiences and lessons learned in scaling up three novel approaches to prevention and tackling the wider determinants of health in the London Borough of Southwark.

About the Speaker

Professor Kevin Fenton is the Strategic Director for Place and Wellbeing at the London Borough of Southwark and is an Honorary Graduate of Northumbria University.

His remit incorporates the Director for Public Health statutory functions and he leads portfolios around Planning, Regeneration, Community and Voluntary Sector Engagement and Public Health. His key priorities include: social regeneration; asset based community development; developing sustainable, quality and integrated health and social care systems; and improving health and reducing inequalities for residents. He is also the Senior Strategic Advisor for HIV, Sexual and Reproductive Health at Public Health England.

Previously, Professor Fenton was the National Director for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England.  In that role he led PHE's national prevention programmes, including screening for cancer and other conditions, NHS Health Checks, national health-marketing campaigns, public mental health and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, young people, adults and older people.He also led PHE's Health Equity portfolio with a range of programmes and activities focused on addressing the social determinants of health. 

Professor Fenton was previously the director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, a position he held for 8 years. He also served as the chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995.  Previously he was the director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency. 


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Event Details

Northumbria University
002, Business and Law Building
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


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