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Population Health Fellowship

Health Education England (HEE) has launched the first national Population Health Fellowship for NHS clinical staff in England. This aims to develop and grow a workforce of professionals who will incorporate population health into their everyday jobs. This was paused in March and restarted on 1 September 2020. 


Meet the fellows

First cohort 2020

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

GP Trainee

Eleanor Barnwell

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I became interested in population health when I volunteered as a project coordinator on an anti-malarial outreach project in Cameroon in 2009. I was joint lead on a project carried out with Cameroonian counterparts aiming to reduce malarial transmission in a group of rural villages. 

Since then, I have trained as a doctor and pursued an interest in research, leadership and patient safety; I was an academic foundation doctor at King’s College Hospital, and this gave me the opportunity to carry out a large retrospective study. I volunteered as a year representative in my second year of junior doctor training. This was during the roll-out of the new junior doctors’ contract and I experienced some of the challenges of designing systems that are safe for staff and for patients. I am now a GP Trainee at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich. By being integrated into the primary care environment, I see there are many issues affecting the areas I work in and opportunities to improve outcomes.  

I look forward to becoming part of a network of clinicians who are pioneering change to health and social care services. 


GP/Rehabilitation Medicine Trainee

Ahmad Saif

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I studied medicine at Cardiff University, and completed an intercalated degree in physiology being awarded the S.L. Stone prize for the most meritorious student.  

As a foundation doctor, I initiated and led several quality improvement projects (QIPs). For this, I was given the ‘Going the Extra Mile Award’ and appointed a Quality Ambassador for the trust, mentoring others in their QIPs. I later completed General Practice Speciality Training, being awarded the GP Dean’s Prize for the most highly commended e-portfolio.  

I work currently as a GP at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. I am also a speciality trainee in Rehabilitation Medicine at Thames Valley Deanery. I have recently been selected for the Oxford Emerging Leaders Programme and as part of this, I am introducing telemedicine to neurorehabilitation - to help patients with complex disabilities access specialist care more easily. 

Beyond my clinical work, I have organised national teaching courses for medical students and community members as well as been an  anatomy demonstrator at Oxford University. 

This fellowship allows me to further my interest in leadership and will provide key skills in healthcare planning and service development. Ultimately, I aim to lead projects to improve patient outcomes and the health of the wider community. 


Prosthetist and Orthotist

Carolyn Royse

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I come from Salford and qualified as a Marine Engineer, working in the shipping industry for nine years. Wanting a change in career, but to use my engineering skills, I decided to retrain as a prosthetist and orthotist at the University of Salford, graduating in 2007, with a BSc in Prosthetics and Orthotics.  

This small but key Allied Health Profession (AHP) offered a fascinating career focusing on biomechanics and material science to prescribe bespoke and individualised devices that allow amputees to walk again and increased mobility for those with limited limb function. I work at Dorset County Hospital as the Service Lead for the Orthotics, Hand Therapy and In-Patient Podiatry services. I’m also a Lead Orthotic Clinician specialising in orthoses and biomechanics of the diabetic foot.  

I sit on the Public Health England AHP Strategy Board representing the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists. I also sit on the Our Dorset Independent Clinical Services Allied Health Professions Council. 

I applied for the fellowship to increase my skills and knowledge in this area and look forward to a productive and fast-pace year. 


Mairead McErlean

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I am a clinical pharmacist with frontline experience of working in a variety of acute NHS trusts. More recently, I have moved to work as part of the Medicines Efficiencies Programme to deliver North London Partners’ Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. My work focuses on integrating pharmacy and medicines optimisation across primary and secondary care. 

I am also involved in the national rollout of a pharmacist-led IT based intervention (PINCER) in GP practices to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety across UCL partners, one of the largest Academic Health Science Networks in the country. In 2019, I became a PRIMIS accredited trainer for this programme.  

In addition, I am a member of the 2019 cohort of NHS Digital Pioneer Fellows, led by Digital Health London, and over the recent years I have developed a strong interest in quality improvement and how best to utilise digital tools to maximise the deliverability of projects. I look forward to taking my knowledge gained so far into the prevention and population health arena and the further collaborations this fellowship will bring.  



Sian Magee

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I qualified as a dietitian with a Dietetics degree in 2013. Since then, I have worked in a variety of dietetic roles in acute and community teams across London. I am currently working at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in East London, where I split my time between working in palliative care at a hospice and working in a multidisciplinary community team in Hackney. My skills and experience as a dietitian are largely focussed on undernutrition, this includes nutrition support and enteral tube feeding.  

I have an interest in promoting equity in healthcare to improve the health of populations and am looking forward to advancing my skills in population health.  


Palliative Medicine Trainee

Leena Patel

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I am a Palliative Medicine Registrar, who is passionate about providing holistic equitable palliative care. Some personal interests of mine include the provision of palliative care in marginalised groups and the diversity and cultural influences that can influence end of life care.  

I completed my undergraduate medical training at University College London. Following this, I went on to complete postgraduate certificates in European and Global Palliative Care. I have created and developed teaching projects for junior doctors that focus on patient safety and presented this work internationally. I enjoy quality improvement work and influencing positive change in my working environment.  


GP Trainee

Kate Markham

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Having completed my medical training at the University of Sheffield, I am now a GP Trainee at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust. I was fortunate enough to undertake a Masters in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which involved a qualitative research project on HIV-related stigma in Sierra Leone. I built on this interest with a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in East Africa in 2015.

This led me to take time out of my junior doctor training: working in a tertiary referral hospital in Malawi, in the refugee camps in Greece, and most recently in a rural setting in Australia’s Northern Territory. Last year, I completed a Medical Education qualification and have been using this knowledge by teaching on Non-Communicable Diseases in the refugee camp clinics of Uganda’s South Sudanese and Congolese borders.  

In future, I hope to combine general practice with an NHS leadership role. I am sure this fellowship will prove invaluable as I seek to focus on improving outcomes for our most marginalised populations.



Yeyenta Osasu

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I am a clinical pharmacist with a background in anticoagulation. I have worked in several sectors of the NHS including community, hospital and clinical commissioning.  

I am employed by NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group as a practice pharmacist. I work part-time as an independent prescriber and help people get the best from their medicines by conducting medication reviews in face-to-face consultations at GP surgeries or at patients’ homes. My interests include medicines optimisation, anticoagulation, stroke prevention, research, project management and clinical leadership. 

I am studying for a PhD at the University of Sheffield Medical School and have a competitive national grant award from Pharmacy Research UK to fund research into optimising anticoagulant therapy in elderly patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.  

I am committed to medicines safety and exploring how patients use, understand and experience medicines in the context of their lives. Most recently, I have been involved in managing a research project within primary care in Sheffield. I welcome this development opportunity.  


Sexual/Reproductive Health Trainee

Madeleine Crow

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I am a Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Trainee at Leeds Community Healthcare and Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust. Having graduated from the University of Birmingham, I did my foundation years in Yorkshire.

As a Foundation Doctor, I was lucky enough to have jobs in genitourinary medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology and GP. During this year (F2), I realised I was passionate about women’s reproductive health throughout the life course. This led to me pursuing a master’s degree in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, before starting my specialty training in 2016. 

I am passionate about improving services for those who have poor access to and uptake of mainstream services, including outreach work. I have set up and run an outreach clinic of trans and non-binary people in Leeds. I am involved in providing sexual health to the commercial sex worker population and I have been working with post-natal wards and community midwives in Leeds to improve post-natal contraception. This has involved training several midwives to be implant fitters and to start offering coil at elective caesarean-section at both hospitals in Leeds. 



Laura Bridle

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I started my healthcare career in Canada, as a nurse in public health and obstetrics. I returned to the UK to train as a midwife in 2008. I am the perinatal mental health midwife at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. I run and manage a weekly aqua natal class for women with mental illness and have supported the introduction of art psychotherapy sessions.  

I have been working at the trust since 2011 and during this time I worked as a caseload and Clinical Research Nurse research midwife. The achievement I’m most proud of is the work I did abroad for Medecins Sans Frontieres in South Sudan in a refugee camp for seven months. Community involvement in care was key.  

I have an MSc in Advanced Midwifery Practice and, while studying, I completed qualitative research exploring barriers and facilitators to using language support services among midwives. I am presenting the results from this work in June 2020 at the International Confederation of Midwives Conference in Bali, Indonesia. From this research, I have created an online resource for those working in maternity services to access translated documents to share with pregnant women ranging from gestational diabetes to miscarriage support.  


Lead Nurse for CKD

Sarah Milne

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I graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, with a BSc (Hons) Nursing, then worked at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in the renal and liver transplant unit to charge nurse level. A move to London in 2011 saw me take up a position as a liver transplant coordinator at the Royal Free Hospital. Back to renal initially, as a clinical nurse specialist in chronic kidney disease (CKD) at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, before taking up my current position as Lead Nurse for CKD at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. 

I have been instrumental in pioneering a new approach to managing patients with CKD with a focus on early identification and improved management in primary care. This involved developing resources including a patient review template, patient literature combined with GP education sessions, launching a virtual triage service and nurse-led clinic. I am a member of the CKD STP group for North Central London and the Kidney Clinical Advisory Group for North London. In addition, I lead and manage a team of clinical nurse specialists who are responsible for patients with end stage kidney disease. I am also an independent non-medical prescriber with advanced clinical assessment skills. 

Clinical Research Nurse

Cecilia Peters

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I gained my Adult Nursing registration from King’s College, London in 2011. I previously worked on a medical admissions unit, then as an emergency department nurse in a major trauma unit, before moving into research.  

In my current role, I work as a clinical research nurse at Nottinghamshire University Hospitals NHS Trust, covering the emergency department and intensive care. This involves recruiting patients (including those without capacity), implementing the research intervention and following up with patients and collecting data.  

I am the lead nurse for several studies in my team. This involves checking the feasibility of whether each study can be run safely in my team. It also requires me to liaise with the trial sponsors and Principal Investigators (PI) to ensure studies are running smoothly. I am currently in the process of setting up a study in which I will be a Principal Investigator. 

I look forward to bringing back what I have learnt on the fellowship to my colleagues and work area. I am confident this fellowship will allow me to raise people’s awareness of population health in my community.  



Kelly Holehouse

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I have been working as a physiotherapist for 18 years. I am employed by East Lancashire NHS Trust and work for the Integrated Musculoskeletal, Pain and Rheumatology Service. My area of speciality is musculoskeletal conditions, but over recent years I have developed a passion for public health issues and have been involved in the implementation of several population health focused quality improvement initiatives in my area. This has culminated in a recent publication in the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 

I have recently become a member of the Q Community - a community that works together to improve the quality of healthcare across the UK. This has allowed me to share my clinical experience and learn from the experiences of others. It also helps me to improve the care I deliver to my local community in Blackburn, East Lancashire. I am excited to embark on the challenge of this fellowship and look forward to developing new skills that will further enhance the specific needs of local communities and the wider health economy. 


Paediatric Trainee

Alice Lee

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I am a paediatric registrar, working in the North West of England at St Helens and Knowley NHS Foundation Trust. I'm in my fifth year of specialty training. My interests within paediatrics are respiratory medicine and I am passionate about health inequality and the social determinants of child health.  

I completed my medical training at the University of Manchester. During this time, I also completed an MA in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, which fuelled my interest in health and social structures across the globe. 

I have recently returned from a six-month out-of-programme placement in Mwanza, Tanzania, where I worked alongside local paediatricians in a referral hospital to create evidence-based guidelines for paediatric emergencies. During my time in Tanzania, I contributed to departmental teaching and introduced a simulation teaching programme for junior doctors and medical students. Now back home, I continue to enjoy teaching and will be starting a part-time postgraduate module in Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace shortly at Edge Hill University.  

I hope to use the skills I learn during the fellowship in the field of paediatric population health. 


Infectious Diseases/Microbiology Trainee

Maya Tickell-Painter

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I am an infectious diseases and microbiology registrar at the regional infectious diseases’ unit at North Manchester General Hospital. My interests are HIV, malaria, hepatitis, evidence synthesis, climate change and the social determinants of health. I did my clinical training in Brighton, London and Manchester.  

In 2011, I completed an internship with the World Health Organisation in Geneva, working on pharmaceutical policies. I have an intercalated BSc in International Health from University College London. 

I studied for a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2015. Subsequently, I worked for the Cochrane Infectious Disease Group and was the first author of two systematic reviews on mefloquine when used as chemoprophylaxis for malaria. 

I enjoy teaching and have completed a Professional Certificate in Supporting Learning. I work with the local charity, MedAct Manchester, and have conducted research with this group on healthcare access for asylum seekers and refugees in England. 

I hope to use the experiences gained during this fellowship to develop the knowledge and skills to address local population health challenges.  


Speech and Language Therapist

David McDonald

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I am an early years Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) working in Children’s Centres in Nottinghamshire. I am joint service manager, research/evaluation lead and an SLT who works with children with speech, language and communication needs.     

The service has led the development of a population health approach to speech and language therapy over the last 15 years. Our aim is to support all children’s speech, language and communication needs by providing a continuum of services to meet a continuum of need. We have developed and evaluated novel health promotion services, population-focused professional development programmes for health and education professionals, and preventative SLT services for at-risk groups.   

I am proud of our reputation as a research-active service. Several recent national reviews have recognised our clinical and health promotion services, professional development programmes and research ethos as examples of best practice. 

 I see the fellowship as an opportunity to use my previous work experience (in clinical, medical and education roles) in a new way.