As a public health physician, I support the public health research of the Centre, providing advice and leadership, I also teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students. My expertise is in designing and evaluating interventions and services to improve patient and public outcomes. Over the last few years I have focused on pathways to cancer diagnosis and information for the public about cancer screening. I also have expertise in respiratory and cardiovascular epidemiology.
I joined CHSS in January 2016 from King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London. In this role I was one of the Principal Investigators of the Department of Health Policy Research Unit on cancer awareness, screening and early diagnosis. I researched international, ethnic and socioeconomic differences in cancer awareness and beliefs and led the evaluation of a unique health professional-delivered intervention to promote early presentation of breast cancer. I advised the Department of Health on the Be Clear on Cancer Know4Sure and breast cancer awareness campaigns.
During 2011-13 I played a major role in developing an innovative evidence-based approach to information about cancer screening on behalf of the NHS Cancer Screening Programme, aiming to offer informed choice. Previously I was consultant in public health medicine in Wandsworth PCT, where I was clinical effectiveness lead and provided public health advice on commissioning. While in this role I also studied the association between air pollution and cardiovascular and respiratory disease risk factors using Health Survey for England data at St George’s, University of London.
In the 1990s, I studied health service use for asthma emergencies in children, the association between female sex hormones and asthma, the effect of volcanic ash on respiratory symptoms and lung function, during my specialist training in public health medicine. Before this, I worked for several years in acute medicine.