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Adam Briggs

I am currently out of programme doing a DPhil investigating the comparative cost effectiveness of primary prevention strategies for chronic disease in the UK, funded by the Wellcome Trust. I joined the training scheme as an Academic Clinical Fellow and in my first year completed the MSc in Global Health Sciences. My dissertation investigated the relationship between food and greenhouse gas emissions. I have since continued much of that work, including exploring the potential effect on health and greenhouse gas emissions of incorporating the societal cost of emissions into the price of food. I have completed 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 public health function at OUHFT, called Here for Health, resulting in a Trust public health strategy and health improvement advice centre. Whilst an ACF I worked on modelling the possible effects on health of a soft drink tax in the UK and in Ireland. I also spent time working as a collaborator for the Global Burden of Disease project, something I continue to do. Finally, I have been lucky enough to continue teaching throughout my training including having a placement as a teaching fellow at the Nuffield Department of Population Health where I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLATHE). I teach on the 5th year medical student public health course, as well as on the MSc in Global Health Science, Evidence Based Healthcare to nurses and allied health professionals, and clinical medicine to medical students at Lady Margaret Hall.

Frances Butcher

Frances Butcher

I am in my first year of the public health training programme, having started training in August 2016.  Previously 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 UK academic foundation programme 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 an interest in the ethics of genomic research, and a job as a research worker in a group evaluating the effectiveness of services for mothers with mental illness, both at King's College London.  This research job, together with my clinical experience, gave me valuable practical experience of health inequities whilst my Masters helped inspire my interest in social determinants of health and concepts of health justice.  On joining the Public Health training programme, I enjoyed a two-month research placement at the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention prior to starting my Oxford University MSc in Global Health Science in October.


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 will be an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in Public Health from August 2017.  My main interests are in global health and infectious diseases which affect vulnerable populations, a motivation that probably dates back to my first visit to Kenya in 2001 (aged 12!).  I completed my medical training and BSc in International Health at UCL.  During medical school, I led a malaria epidemiological study in central Myanmar, a hot-spot for emerging drug-resistant malaria, which I published during my academic foundation training.  I have also held research positions at LSHTM and Imperial College Institute for Global Health, and interned at Chatham House, the World Health Organisation and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.  Last year, I took time out to work in Cambodia as an NHS 'Improving Global Health through Leadership Development' Fellow  I hope to spend part of my ACF working in Southeast Asia again through Oxford's tropical medicine research network.


Simon Hailstone

I am an ST2 just entering my second year of the training scheme. Prior to this I worked in information and analytics within the NHS, during which I completed a Masters in Public Health Informatics. As part of this I performed research into organisational variation in care quality for people living with HIV in England.

My first placement as a Specialty Registrar has been in Slough Borough Council, where I have worked on a wide variety of projects including quantifying alcohol misuse, increasing bowel cancer screening awareness and auditing suicides across Berkshire. This placement has provided me with ample opportunity to learn about the broader context of public health and I have thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of work that I have been involved with.

I am currently a representative to the Specialty Registrar's Committee and I am also involved in developing and delivering training material with the Faculty of Public Health's Courses Oversight Group.

Rhosyn Harris

I joined the Thames Valley Public Health training programme in 2014 having completed my Foundation training in 2012. In my two years out of clinical practice I worked at the Royal College of Physicians as a research fellow writing systematic reviews for the NICE National Clinical Guideline Centre.

My first year in the programme has been spent completing a Masters degree in Global Health Science. During this time I’ve developed an interest in food policy and have more recently been working on a dissertation project that seeks to measure the effect of international trade agreements on population health in Mexico. I hope to build upon the knowledge and skill-base gained on the MSc course by working on a nutrition strategy, along with many other interesting projects ongoing at Slough Borough Council this coming year.

Rebecca Howell-Jones

I started on the Public Health Training Programme in 2012, coming from a science background in surveillance and epidemiology and having worked for a number of years at the HPA (as it was then) in Colindale.

Having completed an MSc previously at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I started with a placement at Berkshire West PCT moving, when public health transferred to local authorities, across to the Berkshire Shared Team based in Bracknell Forest Council. Here much of my time was spent on a large piece of work looking at sexual health across the county. Following this, I completed a 3-month placement at Thames Valley Public Health England Health Protection Team, learning general health protection responses, gaining skills for being on-call and getting involved with management of outbreaks - for example  investigating a Hepatitis A outbreak at a nursery. 

My training was then temporarily on hold while I took maternity leave. On my return, I worked as part of the team at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health setting up clinical trials for Ebola treatments. This was interesting and fast paced work, going from funding application, protocol, ethical and regulatory approvals, study set up and recruitment through to closure during my 9-month placement.  I am
currently working in Buckinghamshire County Council looking at the early years needs and service provision and identifying how the health (in the widest sense) of 0-5 year olds could be improved across the county.

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.

Lizzie Moore

I am about to enter my second year of Public Health training, having taken two years out of training after the UK Medical Foundation Programme to work in sexual and reproductive health research. I have just completed the MSc in Global Health Sciences at Oxford University which has given me strong foundation knowledge in epidemiology and statistics, and I have really enjoyed my research placement at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), where I was looking at the association between migration, ethnicity and mental health. I am looking forward to starting at Slough County Council, where I will be working for the next year.

Aparnareddy Mummadi

As a Public Health Registrar in Oxford I have had the opportunity to undertake a Masters in Global Health.  During the Masters programme I worked with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit for three months on the Birthplace study. Following my Masters I was able to put theory into practice by working within the Public Health Department at Buckinghamshire County Council.

I am currently involved in organising the “Annual Oxford Public Health StR Symposium” on the 23rd September 2015. The theme for this year's conference is 'International Public Health: future challenges'

Prior to Public Health training I worked as a Speciality Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In the future I hope to work in field of international public health with a focus on improving maternal outcomes.

David Munday

I joined the Training Programme in 2015, working at Oxfordshire County Council for my first placement. My background is in nursing, and prior to joining the Programme I worked as the Lead Nurse for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Oxford. I studied for an MSc in Public Health part-time whilst working in screening and as part of my studies undertook a Health Equity Audit of the Screening Programme. As a result of this I have piloted innovative ways of improving uptake in male and lower socioeconomic groups - groups which are the least likely to accept the invitation to be screened. In addition to this I project managed the expansion of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme to include a wider age-range of the population and encompass a new screening modality called "Bowel Scope" that offers a one-off flexible-sigmoidoscopy to all 55-year-olds.

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. Within my first placement at the County Council I have been working on a local suicide audit and the development of a pilot Family Drugs and Alcohol Court for the Thames Valley region. In addition I have continued a project set-up by a fellow trainee which involves the monitoring of, and assuring compliance to, NICE guidelines for Public Health teams. I am looking forward to continuing my learning and development over the coming months and years as I progress through the programme.

Sarah Payne

Sarah Payne

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 starting a DPhil in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, funded through a Health Education for England 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

I am in my first year on the Public Health training programme.  My career so far has included working at a regional cancer intelligence unit, co-ordinating clinical trials at the University of Birmingham, an academic foundation programme in the West Midlands, and clinical work in acute medicine, intensive care and infectious diseases.  Some highlights for me were a project looking at use of mosquito nets in rural Uganda, contributing to an academic study exploring the interplay of anxiety and management of joint pain, and volunteering as an expedition medic in Madagascar.  I am currently working with the Health Economics Research Centre on a project investigating the effectiveness of enhanced recovery after knee and hip replacements, and looking forward to starting the Master's degree in Global Health Science in October.

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 trained as a doctor and graduated from Bristol University in 2009. I worked for the NHS in Cambridgeshire for four years and attained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians before joining the training scheme. I also hold an intercalated management degree from Imperial College London.

I am currently placed at Oxfordshire County Council within the Public Health Directorate and the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. I have had the opportunity to work on a number of projects including an analysis of the potential role of antenatal screening to prevent iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy, a health equity audit of the regional Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening programme and the quality assurance of NHS Health Checks across Oxfordshire.

I am particularly interested in teaching and community development. I regularly teach Oxford University medical students and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have co-founded a health trust with colleagues in Zimbabwe and we hope to collaborate to develop teaching, research, and ultimately contribute to health systems strengthening community development through our efforts.

Ingrid Slade

I started the training scheme in 2011 having worked as a junior doctor in Paediatrics and in Clinical Genetics specialty training at Great Ormond Street, London.  I worked out of programme during this time to undertake a PhD at the Section of Genetics and Epidemiology, Institute of Cancer Research, London, identifying and characterising genes that confer susceptibility to childhood tumours.  Through the work in my PhD I engaged with molecular genetics at an exciting time of rapid advances in technology and knowledge. However, as a doctor, my questions remained focused on how these advances might benefit patients and this evolved into an academic interest in the implementation and integration of genomic medicine within the national healthcare setting. To pursue this interest I wanted to undertake specialty training in Public Health. I started my training with the MSc in Global Health Science at the University of Oxford.  Following that I had a placement at Buckinghamshire PCT moving, when public health transferred to local authorities, across to Buckinghamshire County Council.  I have also completed placements at the Thames Valley Public Health England Health Protection Team and the Health Economics Research Centre.  I am currently at the Ethox Centre, in the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, on an academic placement. During this placement I will be exploring public health ethics and its application to the integration of genomic medicine across the national healthcare service.

Sam Williamson

I joined the training scheme in 2013 after a number of years working in clinical medicine.  I applied to the training programme with limited experience of Public Health but was interested in healthcare systems and in moving away from managing individuals to influencing how healthcare is delivered. After completing the MSc in Global Health Science, I have worked in the Oxfordshire County Council and the local Health Protection teams as well as the Public Health team at Oxford University Hospitals and the Health Economics Research Centre in the University.
I have been involved in a wide range of interesting projects, including the development of the Oxford University Hospital food strategy; a health needs assessment for a community hospital; the local preparedness response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; as well as developing ways of incorporating a health promoting approach into the build environment.  I am currently working on a large scale evaluation of the Healthy New Town project, assessing the impact of the work being conducted.
The training scheme offers a wide range of opportunities to gain experience and pursue interests across all the disciplines of Public Health, supported along the way by excellent supervisors.  My interest is in healthcare public health, transforming the health care system and improving health and care services, building on the NHS England Five Year Forward View.  There have been countless opportunities available to pursue my career aspirations as well as to be involved in research, and I am looking to undertake a PhD that is closely aligned to my interests.