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John Harvey    



A public health physician with considerable experience as a Senior Manager:  as Executive Director of an urban district health authority in the UK, as Director of Public Health Services/Medical Officer of Health in Jersey, and recently in a London Primary Care Trust. Committed to improving the health and quality of life of the population through working in partnerships. Key contributor to successful commissioning of effective health care and integrated delivery of care. A strategic thinker with excellent communication skills who has demonstrated the ability to initiate and manage change. Specialist interest in the health and wellbeing of children and young people.



Career summary

Qualified as a doctor from Cambridge University in 1970 and worked in primary care in the Yemen for nine years. After completing training in General Practice, entered public health medicine training in East Anglia in 1982, and was appointed as consultant in 1987. Moved to Newcastle in 1989 as consultant in Public Health Medicine and was appointed Director of Public Health in 1992. Took up post as Deputy Medical Officer of Health in Jersey in 1998, and was appointed Director, Public Health Services and Medical Officer of Health in 2000. Appointed as Director of Public Health in Havering PCT in October 2003 and visiting Professor with the Institute of Primary Care and Public Health at London Southbank University.  Became Medical Director of Havering PCT in July 2006.  John is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.




  • BA: Cambridge University 1967
  • BChir: Cambridge University 1970
  • MB: Cambridge University 1971
  • DTM&H: Liverpool University 1972
  • MSc (Community Medicine): London University 1983
  • MFPHM: Faculty of Public Health Medicine 1988



Key skills

  • Strategic planning
  • Communication – verbal and written
  • Applied epidemiology
  • Staff management/team building
  • Creating working partnerships
  • Teaching and workshop facilitation




National level

  • Co-chair of the Child Public Health Interest Group (CPHIG), which is sponsored by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).  

International level

  • Temporary advisor (UK delegate), participant in working group on community involvement in a health care system based on primary care: Committing the community to Care, WHO European Regional Office, February 1987.


Local level


  • Produced the overall Strategy for Havering PCT; responsible for monitoring indicators of health outcomes in line with strategy
  • Lead Director for Children and Young People, active participant in the steering group implementing Every Child Matters agenda; involved in design and establishment of Havering Children’s Trust with a focus on joint commissioning; member of Children’s Trust Board, and Local Safeguarding Children Board.


  • Set out approach for the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment based on life course theory and analysis of need by life stage, in partnership with Borough of Havering
  • Champion for Health and Well-being with Havering Strategic Partnership
  • Member of the Children’s Trust Board
  • Member of the LAA Programme Board.

Research and teaching

  • Collaborator in PBMA research project (health economics) with Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Newcastle
  • Lead Director for R&D in Havering PCT; represented the PCTs on the R&D Board of BHR  Hospitals Trust and gave a paper at the annual R&D conference in 2005 outlining the PCT agenda for research
  • Co-ordinator for Jersey in research project looking at costs of diabetes care
  • (CODE-2, a European study – the UK arm had 3 other centres) and managed Jersey Health Survey 1999 – a postal survey carried out in 1999 to assess health status and other aspects of health. The research was undertaken in collaboration with the School of Policy Studies, Bristol University
  • Visiting lecturer on the Masters Course in Public Health at LSBU; main topics taught – applied epidemiology, developing communities, strategy and public health leadership.


  • Medical Director responsible for clinical governance in primary care, led the review of performance measures, and policies and procedures for dealing with poor performers
  • Lead Director for developing clinical standards and quality for commissioning as part of the Trust’s integrated governance arrangements.


  • Established a Commissioning Forum within the Trust to develop the scope and effectiveness of commissioning by bringing together the different disciplines within the PCT
  • Introduced the use of Milliman care guidelines as a major tool for resource utilisation and care pathway development within commissioning.

Health Protection

  • Established inter-department group to address cross-cutting issues e.g. contaminated sites
  • Provided public health lead on two major water pollution issues in the island of Jersey.