Frank Atherton giving a speed on stage

Dr Frank Atherton

Chief Medical Officer for Wales

Dr Frank Atherton is the Chief Medical Officer for Wales. He is responsible for:

  • working with Welsh Government policy departments and external partners on public health
  • leading the clinical contribution in Wales to improving the quality of healthcare and patient outcomes
  • leading the medical profession in Wales including medical regulation, education and training, standards and performance
  • the development of health and care research in Wales
  • maintaining UK and international links with other UK Chief Medical Officers, government departments and organisations

He has previously worked as:

  • Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health and Wellness in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Director of Public Health in north Lancashire
  • President of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health

Dr Atherton will be chairing the “Research culture and capacity in the NHS” plenary session.