Sheffield’s public health director quits

Dr Jeremy Wight, Sheffield's director of public health, has announced his resignation
Dr Jeremy Wight, Sheffield's director of public health, has announced his resignation
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The director of public health in Sheffield has announced he is resigning from the role.

Jeremy Wight has been in charge of health at Sheffield Council since 2006 but revealed he will be stepping down in April.

Dr Wight worked as director of public health for the North Sheffield Primary Care Trust before joining the council.

Under his leadership, Sheffield Council boasted scooping a Beacon Status for tackling health inequalities in Sheffield, in 2007.

For the past two years, Dr Wight has overseen the transition of public health services from the NHS to Sheffield Council, after central Government transferred responsibility from the NHS to local government.

Dr Wight said in a statement: “I’ve worked with some great people over the years who are absolutely dedicated to improving people’s health in Sheffield.

“I’m very proud of everything that the team has achieved and will continue to achieve in the future.”

Dr Wight said he felt the ‘time is right’ after overseeing the transition of health services to the council.

John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield Council, said: “I would like to thank Jeremy for his enthusiasm and dedication to public health in Sheffield.

“He has been committed to his role and provided a great service to the people of Sheffield. Over the last few years he has led the smooth transition of public health responsibilities into the council and I wish him well for his future career.”