RPS Wales welcomes appointment of Chief Medical Officer

The Welsh Government has announced that Dr Frank Atherton has been appointed Wales’ new Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Atherton, who is originally from Lancashire, is currently Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in the Department of Health and Wellness in Nova Scotia, Canada, a post he has held since 2012.

Between 2002 and 2012, Frank was Director of Public Health in North Lancashire. Between 2008 and 2012, he also served as President of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health.

As Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Atherton will be responsible for providing independent professional advice to the First Minister, the Health & Social Services Minister and the cabinet on health and public health matters, with the aim of improving health and reducing health inequalities. As Medical Director of NHS Wales, he will lead the medical profession in Wales, which will involve having a key role in medical regulation, education and training, standards and performance.

Commenting on Dr Atherton’s appointment, RPS Wales Director Mair Davies stated “RPS Wales looks forward to working with Dr Atherton to contribute to solutions fir a healthy and vibrant Wales. He takes up his post at an exciting time for pharmacy with new ways of working being developed across the profession to deliver high quality health services to the people of Wales”.