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The National Clinical Director for Health and Work was created in 2006 to provide independent leadership to a formal, cross-Government health, work and well-being programme of work. The role ended with the formal conclusion of the programme at the end of 2011. The Department has no current plans to reinstate the role.
Dame Carol Black was appointed the first National Director for Health and Work (1 September 2006 – 31 December 2011). Since then, the Department has appointed Dame Carol as its Expert Adviser on Health and Work, a role she also performs for Public Health England. Additionally, Dame Carol chairs the Public Health Responsibility Deal Health at Work Network.