Professor Viv Bennett is Public Health England's Chief Nurse and the principal advisor to the government on public health nursing and midwifery.
Between 2012 and April 2015 she was joint Director of Nursing for the Department of Health and Public Health England and led for Health Visitor and 0-5 transition programmes which she will continue as Senior Responsible Officer until their closure during 2015.
Viv is a member of PHE’s National Executive and, as the executive lead for ‘Lifecourse Children and Young People’, personally leads on the PHE priority, ‘Giving every child the best start in life’.
Viv is leading on developing the important role that all health care professionals play in protecting and improving the public’s health. Within the strategic framework of the ‘5 Year Forward View’ and ‘From Evidence into Action’ Viv is leading the PHE programme ‘Personalised care and Population Health’ and the related programme for the UK and Republic of Ireland ‘Nurses and Midwives Caring for the Public’s Health’.
Both of these are aimed at maximising health care professionals’ contribution to improving outcomes and reducing inequalities. Viv also advises WHO Europe on nursing and midwifery strategy.
She is a ‘digital social media champion’, using blogs and twitter to connect with professionals, partners and the public on health and wellbeing. You can follow Viv on Twitter @vivjbennett
Her ambition is to engage nurses and midwives to be a powerful part of creating a social movement for a ‘culture of health’ in our society.