I’m a Professor of Public Health and Policy; MRC Clinician Scientist; and Honorary Consultant in Public Health at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with expertise in public health, health inequalities, paediatrics and child health, epidemiology and statistics, and evidence synthesis.
My current MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship (2017-21) is entitled “Reducing inequalities in child health: understanding pathways, interventions and policies.” This involves social epidemiological analysis of population level linked datasets and birth cohort studies in the UK and Denmark. Other projects focus on inequalities in chronic diseases in children, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, mental health, diabetes , and gastro-intestinal illness.
I’m co-lead for the NIHR School for Public Health Research (LiLaC) Children and Young People Theme; an investigator for the Public Health Research Consortium; and a member of INRICH. I led the child health component of the Due North Inquiry on Health Equity for the North (2014); and a Cochrane review of global child deworming policies.
In my clinical public health work, I sit on the Children’s Trust Board in Liverpool, and work with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Liverpool City Council to develop more effective and equitable services for children in the city.
From 2009 – 2014 I was funded by the MRC on a Population Health Scientist Fellowship, and then a Centenary Award. Prior to this I was a Clinical Lecturer in Public Health and a Specialist Registrar on the Mersey Deanery Public Health Training scheme. I originally trained in paediatrics at Alder Hey in Liverpool, following two years of clinical practice in Australia, and subsequently worked as a research fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
See recent Public Health England keynote presentation here; and listen to interview about global deworming in children on BBC Radio 4 “More or Less” here.
- MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, MRC 2017)
- PHE Keynote speaker 2017 (Keynote Speech, Public Health England 2017)
- Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Institute for Child Health, UCL (UCL 2014)
- Invited speaker, First Cystic Fibrosis Trust International Conference (Keynote Speech, Cystic Fibrosis Trust 2013)
- Invitation to Speak at LSE/UCL Economic Development and Growth Seminar (Invitation to Speak, London School of Economics/UCL 2013)
- MRC Centenary Award (Competitive Fellowship, MRC 2012)
- Invited Symposium, North American CF meeting 2012 (Keynote Speech, NACF 2012)
- Irish CF Conference Invited Speaker (Invitation to Speak, Irish CF Conference organising committee 2011)
- Postgraduate Statistics Centre Prize for Excellence in Learning (Prize, Lancaster University 2011)
- European CF Society: Best abstract: Pulmonology (Prize, ECFS 2011)
- MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, 2009-2012 2009)
- William MacAdam Prize in Medicine (Prize, University of Leeds 1998)