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Population Health Fellowship

Our national Population Health Fellowship for NHS clinical staff in England aims to develop and grow a workforce of professionals who will incorporate population health into their everyday jobs. Our second cohort of Population Health fellows, comprising 28 clinical staff, have joined us this autumn across our regions. 

For a flavour of the work undertaken in 2020, read our fellows' project summaries. You can also access case studies: Physiotherapist Kelly HolehouseCarolyn Royse, Orthotist and Ahmad Saif, GP and Specialty Trainee in Rehabilitation Medicine.  

The selection process for organisations who would like to host a Population Health Fellow is now open for cohort 3 commencing in September 2022.  The applications can be submitted between 1 - 30 November 2021 through our regional teams. See the Rough Guide for more details.  


If you are interested in hosting, please contact the relevant region:


Midlands and East


North West


South West




North East and Yorkshire


South East


East of England


Population Health Fellowship

Second cohort

Population Health is an approach aimed at improving the health of an entire population. It is about improving the physical and mental health outcomes and wellbeing of people, while reducing health inequalities within and across a defined population. It includes action to reduce the occurrence of ill-health, including addressing wider determinants of health, and requires working with communities and partner agencies. (Source: PHE Multi-agency Stakeholder Forum 2019)

Fellows have been recruited from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, pharmacy, medicine, speech and language therapy, dietetics, orthotics and physiotherapy. They are seconded part-time (for two days per week) to the fellowship, alongside their permanent post, and will experience a mixture of blended and experiential learning. The aim is to encourage and support the development of population health strategies and approaches within the NHS and wider community. For more information email: populationhealthfellows@hee.nhs.uk

Our work on Population Health and Prevention

Celebrating our 2021 fellows

I am a paediatric registrar working in the North East of England. Since graduating from Newcastle University Medical School in 2015, I have dedicated the initial years of my medical career to offering compassionate and effective clinical care to my patients and their families. I completed my foundation years in West Yorkshire before returning North to embark on specialty training.  

Whilst completing a Masters of Research as an intercalated degree, I worked at the sharp end of research contributing to disease specific advances in medicine. However, in my daily clinical work I have been struck by the constant effect that health inequalities have on a large proportion of patients that I see. I feel frustrated to witness the early divergence of our children and young people’s wellbeing, and it is the potential to help improve their lives on a larger scale, that has drawn me towards an interest in population health.

This Fellowship is an important first step towards shaping a career focused on the prevention of ill health from an early age and clinical public health engagement to empower individuals and organisations make the most efficient use of our health service going forward. 

I studied medicine with an intercalated BSc in Neurosciences and Mental Health at Imperial College London, graduating in 2012.

I did my clinical training in London, Brighton and Leeds. In my foundation years I was awarded a Scholarship for Teaching and Educational Experience and continue to enjoy teaching and educating junior colleagues.

In 2018, I completed a Public Health MSc at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, during which I researched developments in malaria resistance. I am currently a Microbiology Registrar at Leeds General Infirmary.

During this fellowship, I aim to gain experience of generating valuable change within the NHS as it undergoes significant change in the face of shifting pressures. In particular I am interested in how to decrease antimicrobial resistant infections and reducing health inequalities.

I am a respiratory physiotherapist; my clinical role is as Clinical Lead Therapist delivering Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Sheffield. I am passionate about health promotion, tackling health inequalities and embracing the teachable moments in a patient’s journey. I believe we have an opportunity post-covid to design and shape services with the populations they serve at the forefront. I believe as AHPs we make a unique contribution to the population health agenda, and I want AHPs to recognise and celebrate this. 

 During my fellowship year I will be based within the Healthy Lives Team at Barnsley Hospital. The aim of my project is for the healthy lives team to be recognised as a stand-alone speciality. This will include raising profile, building awareness, and shaping function. I am also looking forward to establishing a local network of population health passionate AHPs within the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw region. 

I have worked for North West Ambulance Service for the past 12 years. I am a registered Paramedic serving patients in the Greater Manchester area.

For the past couple of years, I have been working in non-operational, service development as a Transformation Delivery Manager. This work has included developing a new rotational workforce model, rotating paramedics into primary care and supporting a range of initiatives around reducing avoidable conveyance.

I am looking forward to learning how to use our rich data to understand our patients better and to expand our strategies for supporting them earlier in their journey.

I completed my medical school training at Manchester University and fell in love with the city so never left, and I am now in my 5th year of Paediatric training in the North West. I’ve always wanted to work in Paediatrics and then, at university, discovered that I was passionate about paediatric safeguarding and trying to ensure that every child has a safe and loving household to be brought up in.

Since postgraduate training I’ve tried to be involved in safeguarding as much as I can, whether that be; attending training courses or MDT meetings, providing teaching or helping to set up a North West Paediatric Trainee Safeguarding Specialist interest group.

I’m really looking forward to the opportunities that this Public Health Fellowship will give me to help make changes within the city and help develop my understanding of population health and how this can influence my clinical practice.


I graduated from Kings College London with a Pharmacy Degree where I developed an interest in infectious diseases. I then went on to complete my foundation training at Chelsea and Westminster NHS foundation Trust and Imperial College NHS Trust and undertook my postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy diploma at University College London; later, becoming a HIV and Sexual Health specialist Pharmacist and completing the Independent Prescribing qualification at the University of Manchester.

I now work as an Independent Prescribing Pharmacist in a Primary Care Network within the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System. In addition to my role as a PCN Pharmacist, I work as an Integrated Urgent Care Pharmacist in Derbyshire.

I am passionate about being part of a health service which looks to and desires to improve access and engagement for those who have poor access and are less likely to seek health and social care services.

I believe that as frontline health care professionals we are in pivotal roles to really help shape and provide insight on how best our services should operate for the benefit of the local populations we serve and I am excited to be a part of this fellowship to learn, share and grow with past and current fellows in such an important fellowship programme.

My Fellowship is hosted by the Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group alongside clinical work at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 

I have a long-term interest in reducing inequalities and innovative practice.  My MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy mixed method research made recommendations to promote inclusivity for socially disadvantaged adults using simple interior design techniques in the GP consulting room (2016).

Previously, as part of the Colour for Wellbeing Changing Minds Pilot, we explored using occupation and colour to improve wellbeing, which was popular within the local community. Adult learners chose to present their improved mental health outcomes at an International Colour My Wellbeing Conference, which was hosted by the University of Northampton and Journal of Applied Arts and Health (2013).

I am keen to bring learning from the Fellowship into my current role at NHFT, reducing inequalities and supporting local Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services. I look forward to working with the NCCG and the Population Health team, making a positive difference within our county.

I am a GP trainee in the Shropshire Deanery with an interest in population health and lifestyle medicine.

My training at Cardiff University led to placements throughout Wales in both rural and urban populations, with varying degrees of affluence. These experiences led me to question the social determinants of health and how we could work to reduce health inequalities in economically deprived areas.

During this time, I also gained experience in practical leadership skills as an Honorary Midshipman with Wales University Royal Naval Unit. I believe fundamentally in the concept of “make every contact count” and treating patients holistically, incorporating this into my everyday practice.

Alongside my clinical work, I am involved in the organisation of GPVTS teaching in my area with a particular emphasis on raising the profile of issues such as population health, lifestyle management and veteran wellbeing.

I plan to develop my leadership and quality improvement skills through the fellowship as well as gaining a thorough understanding of population health and its future within our healthcare system.

Dr Gisèle Spencer graduated from University of Bristol Medical School in 2019 and has since spent two years working as a foundation doctor in Wales.

During this time, she undertook additional roles as foundation representative for her hospital, organised a programme of teaching for medical students and foundation doctors, and as mess president, oversaw the renovation of the doctors’ mess where she worked. She has also written an article in the Guardian newspaper outlining the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on newly qualified doctors.

Currently, Gisèle is working as a Clinical Fellow in Public Health and Clinical Commissioning at East and North Hertfordshire CCG. In her role she focuses on population health management and long-term conditions. Through both this role and the Population health fellowship, she hopes to further develop her knowledge and skills to make a positive impact for disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors of society.

Lauren Waterman is an ST6 General Adult Psychiatry Trainee and Academic Clinical Fellow at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; a member of the RCPsych Working Group for the Health of Asylum Seekers and Refugees; a Mental Health Research UK-funded MD(Res) doctoral scholar at King’s College London; and the Praxis Section Editor for the BJPsych Bulletin. She is also the medical service lead for a charity ‘drop-in’ service for asylum seekers in North London.

Lauren has an interest in improving the health inequalities faced by migrants in the UK and has written about the difficulties they experience in medical journals. She recently contributed to the RCPsych Position Statement on immigration removal centres and is currently undertaking research into the experiences of migrants following release from immigration detention into the community.

Lauren also has a special interest in insomnia treatment, sparked by her clinical experience that people with insomnia rarely receive treatment; despite CBT for insomnia being a highly effective NICE-recommended treatment, and chronic insomnia impacting quality of life significantly. She also runs an insomnia treatment service at her mental health trust and will be investigating sleep and insomnia in North Central London CCG during her population health fellowship. 

I am a respiratory specialist trainee in North East Thames. I have taken some time out of training to work in education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and have completed a postgraduate diploma in medical education for clinical contexts. 

I have a strong interest in sustainability and planetary health as both a clinician and educationalist, and this, combined with a growing awareness of the limitations of our traditional individualist approach led me to Population Health, and this fellowship – which I’m really excited to be part of!

I will be working on projects looking at improving outcomes in respiratory health in Lewisham with a primary focus on COPD.  I also hope to be involved in projects aiming to improve asthma self-care in children and young people, and working with the council on health outcomes related to air pollution.

Yan Ning (or Johnson as he prefers to be called) is a senior ophthalmology registrar of the North London deanery in the final stages of his training to become a consultant eye surgeon. He currently works across sites at both Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Johnson is passionate about population health and ways to overcome inequality in access to healthcare. He is particularly interested in preventable causes of visual impairment and health promotion. His research on whole population visual screening during his academic foundation years had influenced how childhood visual screening is conducted in England.

Since joining ophthalmology residency in London, Johnson has had a strong track record in leading quality improvement projects which translated to improved patient care locally and regionally. He was awarded the coveted Health Education England / London KSS School of Ophthalmology Leadership Prize for four consecutive years. He is a board-certified fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, European Board of Ophthalmologists and Higher Education Academy UK.

His host institution would be The King’s Fund in London.

My professional journey started in 2008 in Spain when I qualified as a general adult nurse. Shortly after qualifying, I became a Mental Health Nurse, and a few months later, I moved to England, where I worked as a general nurse before becoming a Midwife in 2013. Since 2014, I have been working at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in various roles, including in-hospital antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care, research, and maternity audits. My passion and devotion for midwifery and research led me to complete an MRes in Clinical and Health Research in 2017, where I had the opportunity to develop a qualitative research project focusing on women’s experiences of maternity bladder care.

In recent years, I have become more interested in health inequalities and childbirth activism. As a result, I volunteer for several national and international organisations that provide breastfeeding support, fight against obstetric violence, and improve the Maternity Services. Moreover, I am collaborating in the Erasmus plus project posmat to improve the maternity experience of women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy.

I feel very privileged to support women and improve their health and the care provided to them, their babies and their families.

I worked as a health visitor in Hampshire for several years having qualified as an adult and paediatric nurse before taking a post in a community NHS trust as a paediatric research nurse in addition to health visiting. 

I became a research champion for the NIHR and Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) to promote greater research activity in health visiting practice and to establish networks between health visitors and research units. This role has developed within my trust and more widely in Wessex.  I have worked on a number of research studies and learned about the process of research implementation.

The health visiting role involves the delivery of public health programmes for children and families, with each child and family receiving the Healthy Child Programme in England.  I am looking forward to developing my understanding of population health and developing this in practice.  I also welcome the opportunities to work within my host organisation and develop a project which will be focused on children and families.

Having qualified as a dentist, I have worked in various health care settings including general dental practice, Hospital Trusts, the prison dental service and primary care community services. I have also been involved in teaching undergraduate dentists and have enjoyed volunteering for rural community health projects in developing countries.

Currently I am training as a Specialist Registrar in Special Care Dentistry in the South West based at Bristol Dental Hospital and regional community dental services. This involves planning and enabling the delivery of oral care for patients with complex needs, often as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

I am passionate about providing inclusive, holistic care with a strong focus on prevention. I have developed an interest in tackling health inequalities and improving the health of vulnerable groups in our society.

I look forward to the opportunities for leadership and collaboration this fellowship will bring. In future, I hope to embed the population health knowledge and skills I have gained to raise awareness, influence positive change and to address our local population health challenges.

I am a junior doctor working for the National Health Service. Originally from Bristol, I completed my medical degree in London and my foundation training in Scotland. I returned to Bristol in 2018 to train in General Practice.

During my time as a doctor, I have been exposed to a variety of exciting and challenging clinical environments, from a busy General Practice surgery in inner city Glasgow, to a High Dependency Unit in a large tertiary hospital, to medical wards in Uganda’s largest government hospital.

I recently completed a Masters in Global Health & Development at University College London. During my Masters, I developed a special interest in the political and macroeconomic processes that underlie health inequalities. My dissertation topic was how the food industry uses its economic power to influence public health policy.

I hope to use this Fellowship to develop new skills in population health which I could use to reduce health inequalities in my community in the future.

I am a final year GP trainee and one of the Cohort 2 HEE National Population Health Fellows. I have a strong interest in leadership, public health policy and community health. I am a medical doctor with nearly 19 years of clinical experience. I am a native South African but grew up and studied in the United States. I have lived and worked five countries and three continents with exposure to several different health systems.

My experience varies from being an anaesthetic registrar, working on the island of St Helen- the second most remote inhabited place on earth to working at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital which is the third largest hospital in the world and the largest in Africa. Part of my experience also involved voluntary military experience with the South African National Defense Force where I deployed on two UN Peace Keeping Missions.

I hope to embed population health thinking and practice into everyday clinical and social care practice. I believe population health must be more than activities but rather an ethos and mantra we all live by. I hope to be part of the part of the group that will make strides to reduce health inequities, and promote health both nationally and globally.

I am a GP trainee in Exeter. I studied in Leeds and have worked in the Southwest for 4 years, working in both Devon and Cornwall. I have cared for patients from diverse backgrounds including those with multiple conditions living in rural and seaside communities, where access to healthcare can be a major determinant of health.

My interests include respiratory medicine, in which I worked for 15 months during the COVID-19 pandemic. I saw how health inequalities and the wider determinants of health play a massive role in outcomes for patients, both in COVID and other pathologies such as COPD. I had the opportunity to work on projects in respiratory service development, including the exploration of patient experiences living with long term conditions. My experiences thus far have cultivated an interest in population health and health inequalities.

I am delighted to be working in the fellowship program. I will develop my understanding of population health, and work to make a difference to patient outcomes in a sustainable way, as well as creating a network of like-minded individuals working in healthcare. I will take my experiences from the fellowship forward in my career as a GP to promoting healthy living and preventative healthcare.

I am a registered Dietitian having worked clinically in the acute healthcare for 19 years.  My work as a service manager overlaps with every specialty and therefore collaboration and service development are a core part of daily life.

I am passionate about the skills and opportunities that all AHPs can bring to the population health agenda. Being an active member of the Dorset AHP council brings me together with healthcare, academic & local authority colleagues to work on the national agenda for AHPs at a strategic level.

I am enthusiastic about stronger partnerships between our education and health care providers. I am a clinical supervisor to a PhD student on a matched funded partnership programme with Bournemouth University. Together we are investigating how organisational culture influences accountability for nutrition and hydration in hospital patients. This is an exciting and innovative project which will help to improve the care processes across multidisciplinary teams.

My ambition is for our healthcare system to be a shared partnership between all professions including medics, AHPs, nurses and scientists. I’m eager to work towards more AHPs in advanced practice roles supporting physical & mental health services in all settings and revolutionising our population’s experience.

I graduated from Manchester medical school in 2017 with an intercalated degree in pharmacology and physiology and I currently work as a GP trainee in the Bradford region.

I have always been interested in the holistic side of medicine and my career goals are to serve the community and be an advocate for better health. This is what drove me to choose general practice, as I feel it is the medical specialty that most aligns with my goals and values.

Working as a junior doctor and, seeing first-hand, large social disparities and differences in health outcomes has spurred me onto wanting to understand the causal factors for health inequalities at a systemic level.

My experience of the population health fellowship so far is that it’s an exciting journey - I believe that I am part of a growing movement of clinicians that want to see transformational change in our health and care services to create a fairer society.

I am currently an internal medicine trainee in Greater South Manchester who graduated from Bristol Medical School. I have been involved in quality improvement and audit projects throughout my training. My most recent project involved auditing the first consultant-led Giant cell arteritis fast track pathway in Greater Manchester. I have also been fortunate enough to be able to practice medicine in New Zealand during the Covid pandemic. This enhanced my clinical understanding of population health by introducing me to a different healthcare system and how it affects the type of and way that may patients present.

Studying a master’s degree in public health at York University, further developed my passion for understanding the impact social determinants have on health behaviours and I was able to present my dissertation topic at the annual royal college of obstetrics and gynaecology academic meeting.  With the shifting medical and social landscape, it’s not enough to expect public health practitioners to solely deal with population health; the recent pandemic is a great testament to this.

My aim for this fellowship is to develop the core population health approaches that would give me the confidence to manage population health projects within my locality. This would ultimately contribute to improving patient outcomes in the long term.

I am an internal Medicine trainee working in various sites around the North of Manchester. I have a special interest in refugee health and the design and delivery of health-focused interventions and programmes.

I have worked internationally in a variety of roles, including in refugee settings in Greece and in research in Malawi with the Malawi-Liverpool Welcome Trust. Before returning to Manchester, I worked in the private sector in Mali and was responsible for the delivery of a number of community infrastructure, education and health improvement programmes.

The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between clinical care and the health improvement as a cross-profession concern. I hope to carry this throughout my career and help shape the way we address, and improve, our wider determinants of health.

I am a registered dietitian, currently working for the NHS in SW London in a community focused role. I have had varied dietetic experience over the past 12 years and am passionate about reducing health inequalities and preventing nutrition-related health issues.

After completing a BSc in Exercise Health & Nutrition, I worked for the NHS in a Community Health Development role in London, where I was introduced to health inequalities and community-based approaches to address them, before consolidating with a Master of Nutrition at Nottingham University and gaining my professional registration.

My interest in public health led me to spend a year with VSO in Papua New Guinea building local nutrition capacity, and 6-months in Cambodia supporting rural community projects through an HEE Improving Global Health fellowship. I also completed an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), conducting my research project on dietary diversity and stunting in Malawian adolescents with the Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU). These experiences further highlighted nutrition issues and health inequalities worldwide, and my passion to work in this area.

I am excited to embark on this Population Health Fellowship, hosted by Gloucestershire CCG and Gloucestershire County Council, which presents a unique opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills in population health approaches and to draw on the expertise of a range of people working across this partnership. I hope to develop my leadership skills and identify ways to apply this learning to dietetics for the future.

I am a Paediatric Dentistry Registrar with a passion for reducing health inequalities for children and young people.

After graduating from the University of Leeds, I worked on general dental practice in New Zealand before starting specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry at Leeds Dental Institute and Wakefield Community Dental Services. Alongside training I am carrying out research on management of dental anxiety, looking at the efficacy and acceptability of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy resources within the Community Dental Services.

I recently undertook a leadership fellow post in Quality Improvement at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. Here I carried out work to improve dental pathways with paediatric oncology teams and helped launch “Mouth Care Matters” throughout the Trust; a programme to improve the mouth care of hospital inpatients. During my leadership year I developed a passion for population health, and I am excited to expand my knowledge and skills through this fellowship. Working in children’s oral health has shown me the stark inequalities, both within my own specialty, and in wider health.

I started my Population Health Fellowship in September within West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, carrying out a Health Needs Assessment for children within West Yorkshire.

I am currently a second year GP trainee in Shropshire. Prior to medical training, I completed a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry. As part of my academic training in these areas, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in multiple research projects and clinical audits.

Being involved in the Population Health Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to combine all my skills and areas of interest to date. I really look forward to working with like-minded people to help drive systemic change, which better serves the people of our communities.

I currently work as a Junior Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. In 2010, I graduated from the University of Liverpool Medical School and then completed Foundation Training in London. After foundation training, I co-founded StreetDoctors; a national charity teaching young people impacted by violence live-saving first aid skills. During this time, I also worked part-time as a forensic examiner in a Sexual Assault Referral Center, caring for people immediately after a sexual assault.   

In 2017, I completed a Masters in Medical Anthropology at Harvard, where I researched mental health services, homelessness, and incarceration in Los Angeles. This research has led to the publication of several journal articles and international presentations.  My academic research and approach to Population Health are informed by theory and activism, calling for the abolition of the prison industrial complex, and for housing, environmental and economic justice. I plan to train in General Practice with a particular interest in Population Health and Paediatrics.

I am a year-seven Paediatric trainee, completing my special interest module in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition working within the Oxford University NHS Trust. I obtained my medical degree from Imperial College London before starting my paediatric training in the Thames Valley Deanery. 

As a Paediatrician, I am in a privileged position to care for children and their families both in the acute care setting, and as part of the wider integrated care system. In recent years, I have become more aware of the health inequalities faced by many of my patients and their families, and the importance of preventative care measures to improve patient outcomes. I have spearheaded quality improvement projects and maximised opportunities to address these at a local, regional, and national level.

On this fellowship, I look forward to developing my knowledge of population health and building a network of like-minded professionals dedicated to integrating it into our everyday practice. I am excited to continue to pioneer sustainable changes addressing health inequalities to improve our national health and wellbeing.