Dr Jennifer Voorhees

NIHR Clinical Lecturer

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I am an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research and a practicing GP. I am interested in understanding access to healthcare. I applied a community-based participatory research approach and multiple qualitative methods during my PhD to describe longstanding problems and critique policy. I am looking to disseminate a new way of considering access--people-centred access--which can help the health service and the population work together to create a better fit. 


I am from the US and moved to England in 2014 to undertake my PhD.  I was a practicing family physician (general practitioner) and health services researcher in the US.  

I completed both my undergraduate degree in History of Science/History of Medicine and my medical degree at Yale University in 2004 and 2009, respectively. During medical school I was a summer intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and undertook clinical, research, and public health experiences in England, the Netherlands, Uganda, and El Salvador.  

I completed residency training in family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2012. During residency I was a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care.  Following residency, I was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, earning a Master of Health Science degree in 2014.  

I began my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2014 under the supervision of Kath Checkland, Simon Bailey, and Heather Waterman, and was sponsored by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester. I worked with a community-based research team in Tameside and Glossop as a case study to understand issues of access to general practice from multiple perspectives. I completed my PhD in 2020.

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2020 - Doctor of Philosophy, Understanding Access to General Practice, The University of Manchester (2014 - 2020)
  • 2014 - Master of Science Yale University
  • 2009 - Doctor of Medicine Yale University
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Arts, History of Science/History of Medicine, Yale University

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