North Yorkshire's director of public health leaves post - with replacement to oversee local Covid-19 vaccination programme
As well as leading the county's Covid-19 response, Dr Sargeant, who has held the post since 2014, has played a key role in developing nationally mandated health services for areas including sexual health and substance misuse.
He has also been involved in creating prevention programmes to improve physical and mental health.
He said: “Lincoln has worked hard in providing public health leadership and expertise as we respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are grateful for all of his endeavours.
“I am sure everyone will join me in thanking Lincoln for his crucial work over the last few years and in wishing him well for his future in the south west.”
Dr Sargeant’s replacement, Louise Wallace was director of public health for Hartlepool from 2012 to 2017 and is currently assistant director for health and integration in North Yorkshire.
She will continue with her health and integration responsibilities as part of her new director role.
Mr Webb said: “Louise has played a critical role in working with NHS colleagues over the last few years and during the pandemic has been a core part of our Covid-19 response team on issues such as securing more local testing within the county.
“She was Hartlepool’s first director of public health, where she took on the challenging role of tackling health inequalities and significant health issues in the area.
“Louise takes on this role at a critical time for public health in North Yorkshire. At this stage in the pandemic, after many long months, we must maintain our resolve and support for people in reducing the infection rate and therefore helping to save lives, delivering effective outbreak management and preparing for mass vaccination.
“Louise will take on this role with her usual upbeat energy and ability as a first-rate team player and effective leader.”