Rachel Forbes (UK)

    Rachel is a Public Health Registrar, acting as Consultant in Public Health for West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board in England.  She is the public health lead for the response to the Right Care Right Person approach, as well as leading a whole-system approach to tobacco control (including enforcement), and physical activity.  During her career of almost 20 years, Rachel has chaired, and been a member of, multiple strategic boards and committees, designed to provide governance and oversight, and drive positive change.

    Rachel is passionate about law enforcement and public health and was the founding Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit in England, where she established policies and an ethos grounded in public health approach.  She has contributed to multiple publications, including on violence reduction and public health.

    She went on to Chair the Police and Health Collaborative, a committee of engaged public health and policing professionals, working to strengthen collaboration and improve the health and wellbeing of communities in England.  During her time as Chair, she hosted the Police and Health Podcast, exploring the development of public health approaches in policing across the UK.  This is available on the GLEPHA website.

    Rachel also established and currently co-chairs the Emergency Services and Public Health SIG for the UK Faculty of Public Health, focused on highlighting the need for public health professionals to collaborate with emergency services to address complex problems.