I work as Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice at the University of Manchester. I share my time equally between a practice in South Manchester and undertaking research at the University, which is based at the Centre for Primary Care and the Centre for Health Economics.
I completed my undergraduate Medical Degree at The University of Manchester. As an undergraduate, I also completed a Master’s by Research in Medical Sciences, focussing on qualitative Medical Education Research. This developed a broad range of research skills and methodological understanding. My research explored how medical undergraduates' understanding of the pedagogies used impacted their experience of the course. This contributed to the contemporaneous medical curriculum review, helping to reshape teaching and learning at Manchester Medical School.
I chose to complete my Foundation Training at University Hospital of South Manchester, a large academic clinical centre. During my Foundation Training I became involved in committees at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, giving me my first experiences working in national health policy. These inspiring experiences led me to complete a further Master’s Degree alongside my clinical commitments, this time in Health Policy at Imperial College London.
My resident practice is in Wythenshawe, a traditionally deprived area undergoing rapid social change. It is in my patients that I get most of my research ideas. Built as an estate to rehouse those displaced by postwar slum-clearance in central Manchester, the population was traditionally white working class and has been troubled by problems such as poor access to employment and education. More recently infrastructure investment has greatly improved access to the city centre and nearby airport. In combination with the housing crisis, this has led to many more immigrants (of both internal and external migration) moving to the area. Wythenshawe for me represents the challenges and opportunities in delivering population-wide improvements in health and wellbeing.