New director of public heath aims to improve the county’s wellbeing

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A clinician who has worked in Ethiopia, Australia and London has started her new role as director of public health in Suffolk.

Tessa Lindfield took over the role on April 16.

The director of public health is tasked with improving the health of the 600.000 people living in the county through measures such as encouraging people to stop smoking, tackling obesity and promoting sexual health.

Ms Lindfield said: “I am delighted to take on this role at an important time for the NHS and public health services.

“Although Suffolk is a relatively healthy county, there are still many issues that need to be tackled in order to reduce the number of premature deaths and unnecessary hospital admissions.”

Ms Lindfield had previously worked as acting director of public health at NHS Westminster and Westminster City Council where she delivered healthy living projects as well as strategies for suicide prevention, environmental sustainability and services for carers.