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Dr Justin Varney

Public health leader, Health

Dr Justin Varney, an innovative public health doctor with experience at local, national and international levels, looking for new opportunities

Dr Justin Varney's Bio:

Dr. Justin Varney is an innovative leader and skilled clinician with extensive public outreach experience and a proven ability to build partnerships and facilitate change in the NHS, Voluntary and Community Sector. Dr. Justin Varney often communicates with diverse groups, and is recognised as a catalyst speaker to elevate social and professional awareness to improve outcomes. He utilizes social media and commercial-style marketing techniques to craft and communicate messages, developing award winning campaigns. In addition to the traits above, Dr. Justin Varney is a passionate public speaker who can hold a room, engaging audiences in large national and international conferences as well as facilitating thought leadership and horizon scanning discussions with executive and leadership teams in the public and community sector. Dr Varney is also skilled at leading diverse teams, creating strategies and aligning individual efforts with overall goals. He strives to build consensus for organisational change and persuasively make business cases for activities. Dr. Varney maintains corporate and public sector partnerships, such as projects delivered with Sanofi Pasteur and Business in the Community, to deliver measurable improvements in areas such as immunisation, physical activity and childhood obesity. Recognised as a champion of diversity, design and innovation in the public sector, Dr. Justin Varney is passionate about improvement and delivering change through inspiring engagement and leadership.

Dr Justin Varney's Experience:

  • Director of Public Health at Birmingham City Council

    Leading a large public health team delivering interventions and partnership work to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of a population of circa 1.2 million people in England's second city.

  • National Strategic Advisor on Health and Work at Public Health England

    • Strategic system leadership at national level on health, work and worklessness agenda. • Leading national engagement and partnership development with external and internal stakeholders, including business sector and voluntary and community sector. • Undertaking a strategic and horizon scanning review and options for the next 5yrs of PHE’s national programme on health, work and worklessness . • Lead the national matrix programme of work on LGBT health inequalities and supporting Government response to the national survey on LGBT experiences in the UK. • Provide expert public health advice to a range of national programmes including physical activity, culture and health and domestic violence. • Facilitating, and presenting, workshops with senior executives teams in the VCS and public sector on the implications of future population and societal trends

  • Technical Advisory Group Member at World Health Organisation

    • Providing expert public health technical and strategic advice to support the development of the WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity • Editing and co-producing elements of the Global Action Plan and advising on the media and campaigns strategy • Chairing plenary at launch of Global Action Plan in Lisbon in June 2018 • Representing the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) and coordinating the IANPHI response to draft documents and the formal WHO consultation

  • National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England

    • Expand the portfolio to integrate community pharmacy and allied health professional leads and sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention teams into the Adult Health and Wellbeing team and portfolio of work. This included developing a new framework for public health action through community pharmacy, overseeing a national HIV prevention innovation funding scheme and a co-funding approach to roll out of home sampling nationally. • Establish a strong working relationship with the Joint Unit on Health and Work senior leadership team and co-produced the White Paper Improving Lives (2016) and the subsequent cross-government action plan. • Levered in £1.5m external funding to support the physical activity work-stream from Sport England and the Burdett Trust. • Developed, and secured £0.5m external funding, to support a multi-strand programme to develop work as a clinical outcome across healthcare professionals. • Project supervisor and trainer for medical higher specialist trainees from public health, sport & exercise medicine and psychiatry.

  • Thinker in Residence at University of Sydney

    • Invited by the university of Sydney to spark innovative thinking and challenge the status quo of academics within the university • Met with the Federal Premier's Office and health and sport advisors to discuss joined up government policy on physical activity • Explored with the Australian Heart Foundation at State and Federal levels the potential synergies and opportunities to move faster on population level physical activity.

  • Interim Deputy Director of Health & Wellbeing (Healthy People) at Public Health England

    • Leading a multi-disciplinary division of topic and national expert leads for the life-course, diet and nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, NHS Health Checks and integrating public health professional leads for dental public health, pharmacy and allied health professionals into the division. • Managing a complex and rapidly evolving business planning cycle within changing financial parameters while also supporting a planned significant reduction in headcount across the division.

Dr Justin Varney's Education:

  • St.George's Medical School

    MSc Public Health
    Concentration: Public Health
  • St. Bartholomew's & The Royal London Hospitals Medical Schools

    MBBS
    Concentration: Medicine

Dr Justin Varney's Interests & Activities:

Public health Health inequalities Public speaking Workshop facilitation Strategic health improvement/health promotion Policy development Policy implementation Diversity, equality and inclusion Innovation Public/Private partnership Teaching and training Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans




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