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Claire Perkins

Claire Perkins

Deputy Director, Priorities and Programmes Division, Health Improvement Directorate,
Public Health England

Clare Perkins is Deputy Director of the Priorities and Programmes Division in the Health Improvement Directorate at Public Health England (PHE), and is responsible for seven national public health programmes: Public Mental Health, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Work and Health; Musculoskeletal Health, Healthy Places, Communities, and Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV. Clare is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, registered as a Public Health Specialist (generalist), and has over 25 years’ experience in the NHS, Academia and the Civil Service, working at local, regional and national levels. Former posts include Head of Risk Factors Intelligence (PHE), Director of the North West Knowledge and Intelligence Team (PHE), Deputy Director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, and Assistant Regional Director of Public Health in the South West.

  • Assessing practical solutions for developing workplace health interventions, building on the outcomes of PHE and RAND Europe’s ‘Promising Practices for Health and Wellbeing at Work’ 2018 report
  • Tackling sickness absence and supporting workplace health and wellbeing through interventions such as ‘ESCAPE-pain’ which helps to support workers with musculoskeletal conditions
  • Embedding health and wellbeing strategies within organisations to improve employee health as well as business productivity
  • Examining the next steps in tackling health and sickness absence including encouraging employers to conduct a workplace health needs assessment and raising awareness of the tailored toolkits for every employer affected by a health condition