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Adam Briggs

I am an ST5 registrar currently working at The Health Foundation and from May I will be spending half of my time with the Berkshire West Integrated Care System.  I am interested in integrated care reforms and the opportunities for them to improve population health.  I joined the training scheme in 2011 as an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and have had placements at the Thames Valley Health Protection Unit (now PHE SE), Oxfordshire PCT, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Work at OUHFT included helping to set up a new Trust public health function, called Here for Health.  As an ACF, one of my main focuses was on modelling the possible effects on health of soft drink taxes and I have continued this work as part of the team evaluating the impact of the UK Soft Drink Industry Levy.  After my ACF I did a DPhil here in Oxford exploring the cost-effectiveness of public health policies affecting diet and physical activity.  This was followed by a year in the US as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice where I was looking at how accountable care organisations work to address population health needs and improve preventative care services.  Finally, I have tried to continue teaching throughout training, including having a placement as a teaching fellow and through this, completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLATHE).

Frances Butcher

I started public health training in August 2016.  Prior to this I studied medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, with an intercalated degree at King's College London in Medical Ethics and Law.  I completed the Academic Foundation Programme for junior doctors at North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol between 2013 and 2015, before taking a year out of clinical practice to pursue research interests.  In this year I undertook an MA in Bioethics and Society with a focus on the ethics of genomic research, and a job as a research worker in perinatal mental health, both at King's College London.  Since joining the public health training programme, I have completed an MSc in Global Health Science at the University of Oxford and had placements at the University of Oxford, Oxfordshire County Council and Public Health England South East.  As I progress through training I hope to pursue further training in health protection alongside developing my academic interest in public health ethics.


Emily Dobell

I joined the Public Health training programme in 2015 after finishing my second year as a Foundation Doctor in the Oxford deanery. I’ve always been interested in the wider determinants of health and previously spent an elective placement with Pathway – an integrated healthcare model for single homeless people in London. During that time I was invited to a Public Health conference exploring the health care needs of vulnerable groups and became increasingly inspired by the people I met, ultimately motivating me to apply for the PH training programme. I completed the Oxford MSc in Global Health Sciences with a final dissertation investigating the burden of hypertension in Cuba, based on data from a large prospective study, then worked with the Thames Valley Health Protection Team prior to my placement at Oxfordshire County Council.

Samantha Gale

I started the Public Health Training Programme in August 2015, coming from a background in medicine and medical education. After completing my medical degree at the University of Cambridge, I went on to finish the Foundation Programme in the East of England. I then studied for my Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Hong Kong as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, earning a Distinction for the degree and the Professor Anthony Headley Scholarship for Master of Public Health. My MPH dissertation assessed the prevalence and healthcare usage of people with Trisomy 21 in Hong Kong. I returned to the UK to join the Paediatrics Training Programme in Health Education England Thames Valley. I then went on to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Bedfordshire, whilst working as a Clinical Educator at the University of Buckingham Medical School, where I taught first year medical students. I am currently working at Milton Keynes Council, where I am working on a health needs assessment of children with disability, a clinical audit of C.diff, and a wellbeing hub pilot.

Isaac Ghinai

I am an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in Public Health.  My main interest is in the control of infectious diseases that affect vulnerable populations around the world.  I currently  split my time between Oxfordshire County Council (where I am working on a health needs assessment of homeless adults) and the Big Data Institute (where I work with a research group utilising malaria genetics for epidemiological and public health decision making).  l completed my medical degree (2014), academic foundation training (2016) and a BSc in International Health (2011) at UCL, have held research positions at LSHTM and Imperial College Institute for Global Health. I have worked in clinical, research and public health roles in various countries in Southeast Asia, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa and interned with global policy making bodies including the  World Health Organisation and Chatham House.  In July 2019, at the end of my ST2, I will go out of programme for two years to train with the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rhosyn Harris

Coming directly from medical training, via a brief time as a systematic reviewer for the NICE National Clinical Guideline Centre, I joined the training programme at the Oxford School of Public Health in 2014.  My first year was spent completing the Masters in Global Health Science, with my dissertation project focusing on international trade agreements on population health in Mexico.

I have since had opportunity to explore a variety of topics, working with teams across the breadth of public health functions; from local authority health improvement initiatives, to regional screening and immunisation commissioning, to outbreak response with the health protection team and most recently policy development within PHE's national team and the Faculty of Public Health, the latter offering opportunity for me to revist the topic of trade and health.

Wherever I have been placed throughout my time on the training programme I have found innovative projects and inspiring public health leaders, all working towards the shared goals of improving health and wellbeing, and reducing inequalities.  The only trouble now is deciding where to focus!

Waqar Khurshid

Waqar Khurshid

Spending much of my adult life in London, where I completed my medical degree at King’s College London and an intercalated degree in Management at Imperial College London, I was able to witness first-hand the effect of the wider determinants on health outcomes. During this time I became interested in methods of healthcare service delivery that could bridge gaps for those with unequal access to healthcare. Following completion of two years as a Foundation Doctor in Hampshire, I joined the Public Health Training Programme in August 2016.

As a Public Health Registrar, I have spent my first placement working on the RHAPSODY project investigating the challenges and opportunities for decision modelling from the onset of pre-diabetes onwards at the University of Oxford Health Economics Research Centre. As well as being an excellent introduction to academic Public Health, this was a great opportunity to work with world-class researchers who have been instrumental mentors to me.

Currently, I am studying for an MSc in Global Health Sciences at the University of Oxford with my dissertation examining the risk factors for major bleed and implications for aspirin use in cardiovascular prevention in China.

Bethan McDonald

I joined the Oxford Public Health training scheme in 2014, coming from a science background in HIV and Hepatitis research.  During my specialty training I have worked on a diverse range of health protection, health improvement and health promotion projects at local, regional, national and international levels.  Placements have included:  NHS England; Public Health England; Buckinghamshire County Council; Oxford University Nuffield Department of Population Health; Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and The Commonwealth Secretariat.  I have had the opportunity to work in Sierra Leone as part of the Ebola outbreak response, and with an international team on the Zika Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  The training scheme has been an excellent opportunity for me to expand my skills and knowledge in new areas of Public Health, whilst allowing me to pursue my interests and develop these further.

Prior to joining the training scheme I undertook a PhD in Infectious Diseases (HIV molecular biology) at King’s College London. I did my post-doc at Harvard School of Public Health working between Boston and Botswana with the Harvard AIDS Initiative. I then gained my Masters in Public Health and worked at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on qualitative research looking at HCV testing among people who inject drugs in London.


Olaa Mohamed-Ahmed

I qualified as a medical doctor from Cardiff University in 2011, having intercalated with a BSc in Public Health during my undergraduate studies.  During my intercalated degree I had the opportunity to complete a dissertation on maternal mortality and health services in Sierra Leone, which, at the time (post-civil war, pre-Ebola) had the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world.  Since then, I have maintained an interest and passion for maternal health research.  After completing my foundation years in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, I joined the Oxford training scheme as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF), linked to the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU).

As part of my training, I complete the MSc in Global Health Sciences at Oxford University (2013-2014), and completed a thesis on severe sepsis in pregnancy.  As part of my ACF, I have spent 25% of my training time on maternal health research with the NPEU, using data from established UK surveillance systems.

During the rest of my training, I have worked with the public health team at Oxfordshire County Council, the hospital management team at NHS England and the regional health protection team at the Thames Valley Public Health England Centre.

I am currently doing a placement with the Global Public Health Division of Public Health England and with the Centre for Global Health Security at Chatham House.  With both, I am working on projects related to global health security and the International Health Regulations, with a focus on data indicators, monitoring and evaluation.

Lizzie Moore

I started my public health training in 2014, after finishing foundation medical training in London and a further two years working in sexual and reproductive health research in South Africa.  My interest in  public health developed during medical school, through greater awareness of the wider determinants of health, and in particular the influence of politics on differential health outcomes between population groups.  An intercalated BSc in International  Health at UCL really helped to contextualise my clinical experiences and set me off towards a career in public health.  I am particularly interested in public mental health as well as issues around minority and underserved populations, such as ethnic minorities and migrants.  I completed my MSc in Global Health Sciences in 2015, and training placements so far have included Oxfordshire County Council, the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit and PHE's national maternity team.  I have also recently taken a few months out of training  to work as a junior doctor in clinical psychiatry, which gave me some really useful insights into the mental health system in the UK and how the wider public health system can impact health inequalities faced by people with mental illness.  I am now in ST3 and enjoying  combining less than full-time training with parenthood, which I feel fully supported to do.  I still cannot answer the question of where I want to be in 10 years, but the training programme is definitely the best way of helping me to get there!

David Munday

I am a nurse by background, and having worked in a variety of areas, my role prior to joining the training scheme was to programme manage the roll out of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Oxfordshire.  Whilst working in this role I also undertook an MSc in Public Health at Oxford Brookes University.

I applied to the training programme so that I could broaden my knowledge and experience of Public Health from my starting point of nursing and screening. I have worked in a variety of  placements covering the usual 'service public health' placements as well as undertaking academic and policy work on the health needs of older people.  I am currently working in a national role with NHS England's Public Health commissioning team and start my final year of training in August 2018.  I am also currently the chair of the local Specialty Registrar Committee.

I have found the training scheme to be both a challenging and also rewarding experience.  It has certainly given me plenty of scope to explore a variety of elements of public health practice and I have developed a broad range of skills along the way.  I look forward to finishing the scheme in 2019 and developing my career as a Public Health Consultant.


Rishi Patel

I joined the Public Health Training Scheme in 2018 and will be completing the MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology in my first year.  I obtained my medical degree from Bristol University in 2012 and subsequently completed my Foundation Training in Kent and London.  I then moved to Australia for two years and worked primarily as an Emergency Medicine Doctor, which was a great experience of working in a different healthcare system.  On my return to the UK in 2016 I joined the Diabetes Trials Unit at Oxford University as a Clinical Research Fellow and gained valuable research experience by working on large scale multi-national clinical trials run by the Unit, and by contributing to other novel projects which included developing a cardiovascular disease risk prediction tool exclusively for use in people with type 2 diabetes.



 Sarah Payne Riches

I joined the Public Health Specialty Training Programme after undertaking a Masters in Public Health at Imperial College London. Prior to this I had spent several years working as a business consultant in the health services and healthcare IT sectors, including projects with the Department of Health.  Earlier in my career I worked as a Physiotherapist, both in New Zealand and the UK.  I feel exceptionally lucky to have joined the training programme given the breadth and variety of interesting and challenging opportunities it offers for Registrars.

 As part of my training I have worked in a Primary Care Trust Public Health team on topics ranging from homeless healthcare services to maternity care and HIV; I have worked in research groups at Oxford University and more recently in the Behavioural Insights Team at Public Health England. I am currently finishing a DPhil in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, funded through British Heart Foundation Fellowship.

Emily Phipps

I undertook my Medical Degree and Foundation Training in Liverpool, taking time out to complete an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2011. My developing interest in public health led me to found the student group Rural Health Education Appeal, with the aim of improving health issues in isolated areas of India and Africa.  The group raised considerable funds and was able to co-ordinate delivery of essential medical equipment to women’s health projects in Africa and India. I also chaired the Liverpool Conflict and Health Conference, the first student-led conference on healthcare in humanitarian settings in the North West.

I have a keen interest in the health of vulnerable populations and have undertaken projects in this area with Medact, Public Health Action Support Team, the North West Public Health Observatory and Royal College of Psychiatrists.  I have spent time in Malawi and southern India gaining practical knowledge of the healthcare challenges faced by remote populations. I have also worked as part of a research group at Oxford University focussing on innovating novel methods for studying infectious disease outbreaks. During my Foundation years I was selected for a TV documentary series following junior doctors during their first three months as qualified doctors, an experience I found particularly memorable.

Before commencing my current post as an Academic Clinical Fellow, I worked as a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow under Professor Steve Field at the Care Quality Commission. I spent the year developing policy, training and operational tools for regulating healthcare in prisons, youth offending institutions and immigration removal centres.  I am looking forward to developing my research interests further and hope to complete a DPhil at Oxford University. Since joining the Oxford School of Public Health I have undertaken exciting placements with Oxfordshire County Council, the local NHS Foundation Trust and Public Health England working on projects such as improving local needle exchange provision, increasing uptake of seasonal flu vaccination, and the implementation of latent TB screening in prisons.

Mark Pritchard

My first public health exerience came before medical school, when I worked in a cancer registry analysing breast cancer recurrence data.  After that, my career included studying graduate-entry medicine at the University of Birmingham, an academic foundation programme in Stoke-on-Trent, and trust grade junior doctor jobs including intensive care and infectious diseases.

I joined the public health training programme in 2017.  My first placement was with the Health Economics Research Centre, where I completed a systematic review of enhanced recovery following hip and knee replacements.  This was followed by the MSc in Global Health Science at the University of Oxford.  For my dissertation I developed a severity score for people admitted to hospital with acute respiratory infection.  I am working to get this score validated and published.

I have started the second year of the programme with a placement in the Thames Valley health protection team.  In addition to time in the 'duty room' responding to notifications of infectious disease, I am conducting an audit of tuberculosis in the region.  After this, I am looking forward to splitting my time between Milton Keynes Council and working on antimicrobial resistance at the University of Oxford. 


Sarah Rayfield

I joined the Public Health Training Scheme in Oxford in 2012, initially undertaking an academic placement and then starting the MSc in Global Health Science at the University of Oxford in 2013 after returning from maternity leave.  Prior to this, I had graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2005, first undertaking Foundation Training and then joining the Paediatric Training Scheme in Oxford in 2007, attaining membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2009.  I moved into Public Health training due to an interest in tackling chlld health from a wider perspective, in particular addressing health inequalities and childhood obesity.

While on the training scheme, I have been fortunate to undertake a number of interesting placements including health protection training and working in local authorities on projects including developing a healthy lifestyle programme for the under 5s to run in children's centres, a media campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure and a health needs assessment on young carers in Berkshire.  I have had two papers published including a systematic review on Smoking in Pregnancy and Childhood Obesity.  I am currently based in the Health and Wellbeing Team at Public Health England South East working with local authorities to evaluate their provision against Best Start in Life and undertaking a mapping project on School Readiness across the South East.

David Roberts

I started public health training 6 years after gaining my undergraduate medical degree and intercalated degree in Pharmacology at the University of Birmingham. I completed foundation and core medicine training in Birmingham, gaining MRCP in 2011 before moving to Cardiff to work as a research fellow on a cancer vaccine trial and as a medical registrar.  After some time out doing some extensive travelling, I joined the Public Health training programme in Oxford, studying for the MSc in Global Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, with a particular interest in population approaches to the prevention of non-communicable disease.  I have since completed membership exams for the Faculty of Public Health, and a 12-month placement at Buckinghamshire County Council where I led a needs assessment investigating approaches to prevent or delay older adults becoming dependent and requiring social care, audited the effectiveness of the NHS Health Check Outreach Service, and helped with the baseline community engagement for the Active Bucks physical activity programme. I now go on to health protection training with Public Health England.


Ruramayi Rukuni

I joined the Oxford training scheme as an Academic Clinical Fellow in 2013 and started by completing the Masters in Global Health Sciences at Oxford University. I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship in 2017 and I am currently taking time out of training to complete my PhD with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  I am conducting a longitudinal study that is investigating HIV-associated musculoskeletal disease in children and adolescents in Harare, Zimbabwe.

I am a physician by background and graduated from Bristol University in 2009. Prior to joining the training scheme, I worked for the National Health Service (NHS) in Cambridgeshire for four years and attained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians.  

Whilst on the training scheme, I have had a variety of interesting placements.  For example, I have had the opportunity to work on projects addressing the prevention of iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy in the UK at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit.  I have conducted a health equity audit of the regional Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening programme with NHS England and written a quality assurance report for the Oxfordshire NHS Health Check programme.  I have also had the opportunity to regularly teach Oxford University medical students and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. After I complete my PhD, I hope to build on these experiences when I return to complete my final year of training.

Lizzie Smith

My background is in health service management, with a focus on healthcare improvement and implementing new models of care.  I started my career through the NHS Graduate Management Scheme and subsequently worked across cardiology, emergency medicine and services for children and young people in a number of busy teaching hospitals.

Prior to joining the Public Health Training Programme in 2018, I managed a programme of work to upscale testing and treatment for hepatitis C, in support of the World Health Organisation goals for elimination of viral hepatitis.  This gave me the opportunity to work across additional services, prisons and services for the homeless population.  I also undertook a research project, using primary care datasets to understand the burden of liver disease in an inner-city London borough.

I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to broaden my knowledge and experience in a variety of public health settings through the training programme.  I hope to pursue interests in the wider determinants of health and improving health in vulnerable populations.

I am currently completing a research placement at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, prior to studying for the Masters in Global Health Science & Epidemiology at Oxford University during my first year of training.