Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has appointed public health specialist Sandra Cairney as its associate director of public health.
Sandra will be responsible for strengthening effective working relationships with local agencies ensuring public health concerns are professionally administered and provided in the region.
She said:“I have a real passion for public health and was really interested in this post in Argyll and Bute.
“I am looking forward to working with a range of partners across all sectors particularly community planning partners and local communities to improve health, prevent ill-health and address inequalities across Argyll and Bute.”
Sandra trained as a general nurse, midwife and registered sick children’s nurse at the University Hospital in Cardiff and spent 20 years working mainly as a paediatric nurse in hospital and community environments. In 1996 she took up post as a health improvement practitioner and progressed to the head of the health improvement service in Cardiff. In 2006 she became locum public health director with Torfaen Health Board.
In 2007 she progressed to public health director covering both Anglesey and Gwynedd Health Board. And in 2008 after nearly 30 years living and working in Wales she came back to Glasgow where she took up the post of head of strategy planning and health improvement with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Christina West, chief officer, Argyll and Bute HSCP, said:“I am really pleased that we have appointed Sandra as associate director of public health. She brings with her a depth of experience and knowledge of the importance of the public health message and particularly reducing health inequalities in Argyll and Bute.”