Molineux Stadium recently opened the doors of WV1 to welcome Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer and other high profile representatives in the field of Public Health and Politics; Right Honourable Pat McFadden, Councillor Sandra Samuels and Director of Public Health, Ros Jervis
The event formed part of a series of Wolverhampton debates organised by the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Council and Pat McFadden MP for Wolverhampton South East, providing an opportunity to discuss and address local issues. This particular event called, ‘Healthy, Wealthy and Wise’ explored the role of public health in a society were obesity levels are rising, alcohol consumption is dangerously high and smoking is still a major concern.
The evening kicked off at 6.30 with a warm welcome by Pat McFadden. Following this Will Clowes, Wolves Community Trust General Manager, took to the stage and provided the audience with an overview of the work of Trust, much of which falls within the remit of public health.
Councillor Sandra Samuels and Director of Public Health, Ros Jervis also spoke, both setting the scene for public health in terms of where we are currently and where we need to be in the future, highlighting examples of good practice.
Sir Liam Donaldson then shared his expertise using examples from his varied work experience in the UK and abroad. During his 12 years as Chief Medical Office for the UK, Sir Liam Donaldson made many significant contributions to public health; however one of the most notable has to be the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs and restaurants in 2007.
The event finished with an opportunity for questions from the floor with some closing words from Pat McFadden.
Overall the evening was a resounding success and the general atmosphere was inspirational and motivational. Wolves Community Trust and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC were delighted to be able to support such an important event for Wolverhampton.
Picture (left to right): Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health, Right Honourable Pat McFadden, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Councillor Sandra Samuels Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.