Directors of public health: role in local authorities

Describes the role of director of public health including PHE's function and offers guidance on the recruitment process.


The roles and responsibilities guidance describes both the statutory and non-statutory elements of the role of director of public health, and sets out the arrangements that allow local authorities to have confidence in their appointments. It will also allow them to build on their own good practice while meeting national requirements.

The appointment guidance offers more detailed advice and good practice on the process for the joint appointment of directors of public health by local authorities and Public Health England. It has been produced by PHE in consultation with the Local Government Association and the Faculty of Public Health.

The documents will primarily be of interest to local authority elected members and officers, and local public health teams