About this event

  • Date and time Thu 19 May 2022 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Epidemiology and Public Health, The Faculty of Public Health

The 2022 DARE Lecture in conjunction with the Royal Society of Medicine will be delivered by the four Chief Medical Officers of the United Kingdom speaking on the importance of the public health profession.

This is in celebration of the contributions of the public health workforce in the past, during the global pandemic and into the future, and is in tribute to the UK Faculty of Public Health’s 50th anniversary in 2022.

The history of the DARE lecture dates from 1983, when a group of consultants and community physicians, protesting against the divisive pay rise awarded to doctors in the NHS (whilst other health staff had had to battle for a pay award half of that given to doctors) established the ‘Doctors’ Awards Redistribution Enterprise’ (DARE).

The charity was initially funded from four-year covenants made by these doctors, of the difference between the pay rise they received and that which they would have had if they had been treated the same as other NHS staff. The money was used to fund new developments in priority services which wouldn’t have happened without this money. The DARE lecture is the legacy of this work and aims to challenge and stimulate debate on developments within the NHS and public health.

This live stream is available for on-demand viewing. The live stream recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live broadcast via Zoom.

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Key speakers

Professor Sir Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer, England

Sir Frank Atherton

Chief Medical Officer, Wales

Sir Gregor Smith

Chief Medical Officer, Scotland

Professor Sir Michael McBride

Chief Medical Officer, Northern Ireland


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Welcome and introduction

Professor Maggie Rae, President, Epidemiology and Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine and President, UK Faculty of Public Health

2022 FPH DARE lecture

Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, England, Professor Sir Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, Northern Ireland, Sir Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer, Scotland and Sir Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer, Wales

Questions and answers
Closing summary
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.  

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom.

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