Rob Johnston qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1987. After training with Wirral Borough Council his early career involved working within Environmental Health Services in three Local Authorities; Plymouth City Council, Nottingham City Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council. Within these authorities, Rob’s role was wide and varied and covered many aspects of Environmental Health, including health and safety enforcement, food safety and public health. In 2002, (after a part time secondment), he joined the Communicable Diseases Team, part of Nottingham Health Authority, supporting the team involved in coordinating, advising on and investigating food, water borne and other infectious disease cases and incidents.
After reconfiguration of the Health Authority in 2003, he worked for the Health Protection Agency. In April 2013, the Health Protection Agency became part of Public Health England. Within Public Health England Rob works for the Public Health England Food, Water and Environmental Microbiology Laboratories/Field Services Team, working outside of the laboratory.
As Food, Water and Environmental Scientist (Out-posted), he provides advice and support to Public Health England Health Protection Teams, local authorities, the Health and Safety Executive, the NHS and other organisations on food and water borne organisms of public health significance, the management and control of such organisms and sampling practices. Rob is involved in providing training to local authorities and other partners locally, nationally and also as part of ECDC funded training to European colleagues in public health involved in Legionella management.