UWE Bristol awards honorary degree to Professor Gabriel Scally

Issue date: 17 July 2012


Professor Gabriel Scally

UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Professor Gabriel Scally in recognition of his outstanding and innovative achievements in promoting public health in South West England and, in particular, his encouragement and support working with the University to build practical programmes linking health, environment, sustainability and planning.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences on Tuesday 17 July at Bristol Cathedral.

Gabriel was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He received a MB BCh BAO from The Queen's University of Belfast in 1978. In 1982, he gained an MSc in Community Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Disease (University of London).

After University, Gabriel held Junior House Posts and was a General Practice Trainee in Northern Ireland. In 1981, he joined the Northern Health and Social Services Board in Northern Ireland as Registrar – and then Senior Registrar – in Community Medicine, later becoming Consultant Community Physician, and then Director of Public Health in 1989. From 1984 – 1986 Professor Scally was Senior Tutor in Community Medicine at the Queen's University of Belfast.

In 1993, Professor Scally left Northern Ireland to join the South East Thames Regional Health Authority, England, as Regional Director of Public Health. He then moved into the same position at the South and West Regional Health Authority, England in 1994.

Professor Scally was, until April 2012, Regional Director of Public Health at the Department of Health South West and South West Strategic Health Authority. In the last four years, he has initiated and led a number of significant public health schemes in the South West region, including Smokefree South West, Healthy Schools Plus and the Office of Sexual Health. He has recently been elected a Trustee of the Soil Association and has joined the Institute of Public Policy Research as an Associate Fellow.

In 2004, Professor Scally was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. He is very engaged with international health issues and has been a member of UK delegations to the World Health Assembly and Executive Board of the World Health Organisation.

Professor Scally is a member and fellow of several professional bodies. These include the Faculty of Public Health, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Professor Scally was awarded Visiting Professor by the University of the West of England in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Environment and Technology.

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