Public Health England – Tammy Coles
Tammy is the National Programme Manager – Public Mental Health at Public Health England. She is very proud of her nursing background; while working as a nurse she was exposed to the impact upon people’s health and wellbeing caused by what she now recognises as health inequalities – those unjust and avoidable differences in people’s health across populations. This quest to make a difference to the most vulnerable led her to work in public health.
With over 25 years’ experience Tammy has worked across the NHS, Local Authority and the voluntary sector. She has led on several projects aimed at reducing alcohol related harm, including making the case for and commissioning an award-winning service which works with alcohol dependent individuals who also have Long Term Conditions. She managed the re-design of a recovery focussed substance misuse service which builds on the assets of the individual – those skills, knowledge, connections and potential they possess. She has an interest in the value of mutual aid and peer to peer support.
She has always had an interest in mental health, from both a personal and professional perspective. She is particularly keen on ensuring that those living with or experiencing mental health issues, their families and carers have a voice.
Tammy is a Technical Advisor to the WHO Collaborating Centre for public health nursing and midwifery.