By Matthew Roscoe • 13 January 2022 • 11:16
Breaking: Sir Jonathan Van-Tam stepping down from government role.
SIR Jonathan Van-Tam has announced that he will be stepping down from his government role as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. The popular figure will end his role at the end of March 2022 to take up a new one at the University of Nottingham.
Professor Van-Tam, who joined DHSC on secondment from the University of Nottingham in 2017, will return to be the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
“I will continue to work until the end of March and look forward to the next challenge,” he concluded.
Professor Chris Whitty said: “Professor Van-Tam has been an outstanding DCMO and public servant. I am profoundly thankful for his steadfast support, advice, leadership and commitment. His communication of public health advice and science has been remarkable.”
Van-Tam, who was knighted in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to public health, was appointed to the expert advisory group for the UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce in May 2020.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “It has been an honour to work side-by-side with Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam and I am hugely grateful for his advice and guidance since I became Health and Social Care Secretary.
“JVT’s one-of-a-kind approach to communicating science over the past two years has no doubt played a vital role in protecting and reassuring the nation, and made him a national treasure.
“I pay tribute to his relentless work ethic, sense of public duty and leading role in our incredible vaccination programme – on behalf of DHSC I wish him the best of luck on his return to the University of Nottingham,” he said.
Van-Tam, who is a supporter and season ticket holder at Boston United FC, became synonymous with football analogies during the government’s daily Covid press conferences.
University of Nottingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West said: “All of us at the University are incredibly proud of Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam’s work as Deputy Chief Medical Officer, in which he has played a major role in steering the nation through the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am delighted that Jonathan is returning to Nottingham to join our executive team and lead our renowned Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences as its next Pro-Vice-Chancellor.”
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