Liverpool Public Health Observatory

Our People

Alex Scott-Samuel

Dr Alex Scott-Samuel, LPHO Director

Alex Scott-Samuel graduated in medicine at the University of Liverpool in 1971. From 1978-94 he was Consultant in Public Health with Liverpool Health Authority. Since 1994 he has been Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Liverpool University and since 2013, Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University. He is Director of Liverpool Public Health Observatory, also IMPACT, the International Health Impact Assessment Consortium and also of EQUAL, the Equity in Health Research and Development Unit.

His chief research interests are in health inequalities, health impact assessment, gender equity and relationships between health and the arts. He teaches medical undergraduates and also in the Health Promotion Improvement modules on the Liverpool and also the new Liverpool in London Master of Public Health courses.
From 1979-85 Alex was founding editor of the journal Radical Community Medicine (now Critical Public Health). Together with Peter Draper, he established He co-founded the Public Health Alliance in 1986 and the Politics of Health Group in 2000. He is a trustee and Vice-Chair of the Pioneer Health Centre Foundation(the founders of the Peckham Experiment).

Alex is married with two daughters and two grandchildren. , enjoys singing in a choir and being part of a poetry discussion groupIn 2007 he founded Liverpool Poetry Cafe, which has an Arts Council grant to provide poetry readings and discussion groups at Liverpool's Bluecoat arts centre.

Fran Bailey

Francesca Bailey, LPHO Administrator

Francesca provides the administration service for LPHO and first point of contact for callers. She is responsible for production and dissemination of Observatory reports, organisation of courses and conferences, budgeting and financial reporting, as well as the general day-to-day running of the office. Fran is married with 2 sons. Her interests are travelling, reading, and current affairs. She is a parish councillor with a specific interest in waste and recycling.

Janet Ubido, Senior Researcher

Janet Ubido gained a BSc in Social Studies from Teeside Polytechnic in 1979. She then went on to train as a Registered Mental Nurse at Rainhill Hospital in Merseyside. In 1986, she was awarded an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Guildford.

Janet began as a founder member of LPHO in 1990, and has worked on various projects, including:

  • several health needs assessments, including homelessness, learning disability and autism and emotional health and wellbeing
  • the cost effectiveness review series and more recently the evidence review series on topics such as interventions for loneliness, and suicide prevention training
  • the Top Tips series, starting with the award winning 'Top Tips for Healthier Hospitals
  • a survey of the health needs of women who are deaf
  • an evaluation of the community nutrition assistant project, Bolton
  • several of the 'Observatory Issues' series

Her general research interests include mental health, the elderly and inequalities in health. She works part-time, and enjoys following the fortunes of Everton FC, cycling, walking and spending time with her 7 children.

Cath Lewis

Cath Lewis, Senior Researcher

Cath gained a BSc in Sociology from Brunel University in 1992, going on to train as a General Nurse at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. She gained experience in both ward and community nursing, before beginning work at Liverpool University in 2001. Cath worked in the Departments of Primary Care and Clinical Psychology, before moving to Public Health in 2004. She began work at Liverpool Public Health Observatory in 2007.

Cath has worked on a variety of different research projects at the University, including:

  • A health needs assessment of adult offenders on Merseyside
  • A needs assessment of young offenders on Merseyside
  • A n investigation into problem gambling across the Liverpool City Region
  • A qualitative project looking at experiences of employers whose staff have mental health problems
  • A Randomised Controlled Trial on psychological adjustment to breast cancer
  • A Randomised Control Trial of Chest Pain management in Accident and Emergency Departments

In her spare time, Cath enjoys cycling, football and spending time with her young daughter.

Louise Holmes

Louise Roper, Researcher

Louise graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Psychology and went on to the University of Central Lancashire to study for an MSc in Health Psychology. Her interest during her MSc was how women experience and cope with postmenopausal bleeding. She has previously worked as an Assistant Psychologist for Merseycare and Aintree Hospital, in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly, assessing people who had suffered strokes or who had mental health issues.

She started working in Public Health in 2009. Previous project work includes working in IMPACT on Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessments on community proposals, projects and policies funded by the Big Lottery. Louise's previous post was a three year project funded by NIHR on "Transitions at the end of life: patient and provider perspective", a qualitative study of the experiences of end of life care of people with cancer, stroke and heart failure and their carers.

In 2012, Louise started working in the LPHO, contributing to a health and wellbeing needs assessment for children and young people and also a health needs assessment for ex-armed forces personnel.

She maintains her interest in Health Psychology and is currently completing her Doctorate in Health Psychology through the portfolio route, as well as her interest in End of Life care and is half way through her PhD on the same topic.

Louise enjoys spending time with her family and friends, particularly her two little boys Benjamin and Zachary.

A list of Louise's publications prior to joining LPHO can be found here