Chief Medical Officer to deliver annual University health lecture

The UK’s new medical chief, Professor Chris Whitty, will deliver the annual Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) lecture at the University's Canterbury campus.

Professor Whitty has been Chief Scientific Adviser at the Depart of Health and Social Care since 2018 and will take up his position as the new Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK Government’s Chief Medical Advisor in October.

He is also Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and a practising NHS Consultant Physician in acute medicine and infectious diseases at University College London Hospitals (UCLH).

His lecture, entitled Interdisciplinary Research and Neglected Areas, will take place from 18.00-19.30 on 11 October at the Colyer-Fergusson Music Hall. The lecture, which is preceded by a drinks reception at 17.30, is free and open to all with no prior booking necessary.

Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of CHSS, said: ‘I am delighted that Professor Whitty will be giving our 2019 annual lecture. The topic of his talk is timely given the development of the new Kent and Medway Medical School and the establishment of the new NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex, which both have a specific focus on addressing community health needs and improving health and social care services across the region.’