Academic Clinical Fellow – Public Health
James undertook his clinical undergraduate medical training in Edinburgh during which he completed an intercalated honours programme in international public health policy. As a postgraduate he completed the Foundation Programme in Forth Valley and Glasgow, practising clinically in a range of medical and surgical specialties including obstetrics and gynaecology, infectious diseases and care of the elderly. He then took a year out of training to study in the United States, focusing on health policy, management and the economics of US healthcare reform. During this time, he also worked as a visiting researcher at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), conducting qualitative research into implementation of the WHO surgical safety checklist in England.
In 2015 James won a place on the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme, a national leadership and management fellowship for junior doctors, hosted by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and sponsored by Sir Bruce Keogh. During the fellowship he worked as a Clinical Fellow at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) based in their Health and Social Care Directorate.
James now practises as a public health specialty registrar in the East of England deanery alongside his academic role at Cambridge.
He holds a BMedSci (Hons) and MBChB from the University of Edinburgh and an MPH from Harvard University.
James’ past research has focused on the impact of policy interventions on health outcomes and the implementation of quality improvement interventions. He published his undergraduate thesis which examined the relationship between interventions to expand access to emergency contraception and unintended pregnancies in Scotland. Whilst in the US he collaborated with Ariadne Labs in Boston to examine implementation of the WHO surgical safety checklist in England. At NICE, he was part of a research team examining the potential role of NICE’s indicator development programme in national prevention policy.
James aims to use his training period as an NIHR ACF at the Centre for Health Services Research to develop his interests in health care quality, safety and the organisation and management of health services.