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New director of public health appointed at NHS Highland


By Alasdair Fraser

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Dr Tim Allison
Dr Tim Allison

NHS Highland has appointed a new director of public health and policy.

Dr Tim Allison was previously director of public health in the East Riding of Yorkshire, working both within local government and for the NHS.

He was also an honorary secretary of the Association of Directors of Public Health (UK).

The new appointee has worked in epidemiological research and as a hospital doctor, and studied medicine in Cardiff and Cambridge, where he also studied Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic.

His professional interests include musculoskeletal disease, coastal health and physical activity and he has run recreational public health cycling events.

NHS Highland’s chief executive Paul Hawkins said: “I’m delighted to welcome Tim to NHS Highland.

He will bring a wealth of experience to the role at a time when public health is at the forefront of our priorities as a result of the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I would also like to thank Dr Ken Oates who stepped in as interim director of public health and has helped guide us through what has been one of the most challenging times for our team and for our wider organisation and communities.”

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