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Personal profile


After graduating from Manchester medical school, I worked in a variety of medical and public health junior doctor positions in the North West of England and Wellington New Zealand.  These were all enjoyable, but I realised none could provide the balance of clinical experience, research and public health that I desired, hence my decision to return to my home territory of Norfolk to complete general practice training.  

My academic career developed after qualification as a GP. Shortly after qualifying I completed a self-funded Masters in Clinical Education. The results of my dissertation, a qualitative study about developing professional identity during the transition to qualifying as a GP, were published in Education for Primary Care. Following my Masters I retained an interest in research, collaborating with colleagues around the country.  I conducted and published the results of a national survey about the experience of early career educators, and as a member of the RCGP (Royal College of General Practice) Junior International Committee I ran and analysed data from an international focus group on the topic of generalist practice - our results featured in the analysis of a wider body of published work on Expert Generalism. My skills in academic writing were further developed through over 5 years of writing and editing the RCGP’s journal for Associates in Training, InnovAiT, in roles as Junior and Deputy Editor.

I am currently a member of the Public Health and Primary Care Research Group at the University of East Anglia (UEA), where I have been a CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research) East of England GP Research Fellow and now have a role developing a training package for a future research project. I also retain my clinical work as a partner in general practice for 3 sessions a week. 


  • GP Research Fellow, UEA, Norwich, 2013 –
  • Associate GP Tutor and Honorary Senior Lecturer UEA, Norwich, 2008 - 
  • GP Partner, Norwich, Norfolk, 2009 - 
  • Salaried GP, Norwich, Norfolk, 2008 - 2009
  • General Practice Vocational Training, Norwich, Norfolk, 2007 - 2008
  • Senior House Officer Senior House Officer inPublic Health Medicine, High Peak & Dales Primary Care Trust, Derbyshire, 2006 - 2007
  • Senior House Officer in A&E, Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire, 2005 - 2006
  • Second Year House Surgeon, Wellington, New Zealand, 2004 - 2005
  • House Officer, Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire, 2003 - 2004

Academic Background

  • Masters in Clinical Education (Distinction), University of East Anglia, 2011
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 2008 (made a Fellow in 2014)
  • MBChB (Hons), University of Manchester, 2003
  • BSc (Hons) International Health, University College London, 2002

Teaching Interests

I am a GP Associate Tutor and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School.  I have been a Problem Based Learning tutor and Communication Skills tutor in the Medical School, and I have a particular interest in patient-centred communication and shared decision making.  I have also been involved in training GP trainees in communication skills.

For several years I have been involved in the assessment of students as an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) examiner and I also interview prospective medical students for entry into the School.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Key Research Interests

My research interests focus on the provision of patient-centred care in the primary care setting, particularly for patients with multimorbidity. This interest has evolved during my work as a GP Research Fellow.  I have published the results of an analysis of the use of care plans in primary care amongst the frail older population using data from the GP Patient Survey. I have also recently been a co-applicant on a NIHR funded (RfPB) trial of goal setting with high risk patients in primary care: ‘Goal Plan’.  These projects, coupled with my clinical experience, has fuelled my interest in studying the interaction between patient and health professionals during consultations, as I believe this is fundamental to understanding and delivering patient-centred care.

The GoalPlan study included a number of scenarios in which medication use was discussed within patient goals, and as a clinician I have seen first-hand the problems of managing polypharmacy and stopping medications. I am passionate about deepening the understanding of this complex area through studying the interaction between patient and health professionals during consultations, including an examination of patient-centred decision-making.


Other Research Interests

I am a member of the Wonca (World Organisation of Family Doctors) Working Party for Women in Family Medicine, and I am collaborating with 3 colleagues from this group on an international qualitative study of resilience amongst women family doctors during times of transition. I have led the conduct, analysis and publication of data from a series of semi-structured interviews using Skype. I have also analysed data from international focus groups at conferences. My colleagues and I have presented the results at conferences, including selection for oral presentation at the 2018 RCGP Annual Conference.

I also have a background in medical education and have been involved in related research projects, particularly regarding the inclusion of global health in the medical curriculum and the recognition of early-career medical educators.


Key Words

Primary care

Qualitative research





Patient-centred care


Global Health



External positions

General Practitioner, Lawson Road Surgery

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