Clinical Lecturer in Public Health
MBChb, DTM&H, Msc, PhD, MFPH, FRSPH, FHEA
John is a Clinical Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Cambridge and co-leads the Health Inequalities Pillar at Cambridge Public Health (https://www.cph.cam.ac.uk/research/research-pillars/health-inequalities).
He believes that through our joint efforts we can build fair, inclusive and equitable societies. He works at the interface between research and practice to promote social justice and address health inequalities, with 50% of his time currently spent undertaking research and 50% working in public health.
John’s main research interest is interventions and policies that seek to promote health equity and reduce health inequalities. He has range of interests relating to equitable health, including so called “intervention-generated inequalities” in health care settings, local system-level interventions to address inequalities, health care workforce inequalities, national policies and strategies to address inequalities and how primary care can address health and health care inequalities.
He currently leads the EQUALISE study (https://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu/research/research-groups/crmh/research/crmh-health-inequalities/equalise/) which seeks to develop guiding principles to address inequalities through general practice.
His PhD looked at how disadvantaged older people from rural areas access primary care using realist methods, structural equation modelling and a randomised feasibility trial. Other research projects include: an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease, which has been published in the Lancet, and a feasibility trial of goal setting in primary care for patients with multi-morbidity.
Research skills include mixed methods, primary care trials, evidence synthesis, meta-analysis, cohort analysis and service evaluation.
He is also currently a Senior Associate Editor with the journals Public Health and Public Health in Practice.
While working in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group he led the development of a health inequalities strategy which can be found here (https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/easysiteweb/getresource.axd?assetid=21928&type=0&servicetype=1).
John’s medical school training was at the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 2007. Following this he completed his foundation medical training in hospitals in the north east of Scotland. John then spent a year in Auckland, NZ, working as a junior doctor in medicine for the elderly and surgery. On returning to the UK, he worked in the Evidence Review Group at the University of Aberdeen appraising the clinical and cost effectiveness of new medications for NICE. During this period, John spent three months at the Liverpool School of Topical Medicine undertaking the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He also attained a distinction for his Master’s degree in public health and also won Division and College prizes for his thesis looking at vitamin D supplementation and heart disease.
In 2012, John began an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Public Health at the University of East Anglia and Norfolk County Council. He was successful in applying for a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship looking at how disadvantaged older people access primary care. His research informed an NHS toolkit and animation about improving access to primary care for vulnerable groups and based on this he won two prizes for research Impact. After finishing his fellowship, John was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in 2019.
John’s career progress to date is as follows:
- Feb 2019 – present – Clinical Lecturer in Public Health (University of Cambridge)
- Oct 2018 – Feb 2019 – Public Health Registrar (East of England)
- Nov 2014 – Oct 2018 – NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow (University of East Anglia)
- Aug 2012 – Oct 2014 – NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Public Health (University of East Anglia)
- Sept 2011 – July 2012 – Masters of Health Services Research (Public Health) (University of Aberdeen)
- Sept 2010 – Dec 2010 – Diploma of Topical Medicine and Hygiene (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)
- July 2010 – July 2012 – Research Associate Health Technology Assessment Group (University of Aberdeen)
- Aug 2009 – Aug 2010 – House Officer, Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland
- Mar 2008 – July 2009 – Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Audit and Research (University of Dundee)
- Aug 2007 – Aug 2009 – Foundation Programme (NHS Grampian)
- Aug 2002 – Aug 2007 – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery (MBChB) (University of Aberdeen)
Ford J, Sowden S, Olivera J, Bambra C, Gimson A, Aldridge R, Brayne C
Transforming health systems to reduce health inequalities
Future Healthc J Jun 2021, fhj.2021-0018; DOI: 10.7861/fhj.2021-0018 https://www.rcpjournals.org/content/futurehosp/early/2021/06/23/fhj.2021-0018
Siersbaek R, Ford J, Burke S, Cheallaigh CN, Thomas S
Contexts and mechanisms that promote access to healthcare for populations experiencing homelessness: a realist review
BMJ open 2021 11 (4), e043091
Parker R, Figures E, Paddison C, Matheson J, Blane D, Ford J
Inequalities in general practice remote consultations: a systematic review
BJGP Open 27 April 2021; BJGPO.2021.0040. DOI: 10.3399/BJGPO.2021.0040
Bambra C, Riordan R, Ford J, Matthews F
The COVID-19 pandemic and health inequalities
J Epidemiol Community Health, 2020 DOI: 10.1136/jech-2020-214401
Enwo OO, Player E, Steel N, Ford J
The impact of life events on later life: a latent class analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
Journal of Public Health, 2020, DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdaa002
Ford J, Sim F, Mackie P
Health inequalities: the need for clarity in the confusion.
Public health 2019 Oct;175:A1-A2. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.09.006
Ford J, Lenaghan E, Salter C, et al
Can goal-setting for patients with multimorbidity improve outcomes in primary care? Cluster randomised feasibility trial
BMJ Open 2019;9:e025332. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025332
Ford J, Jones A, Wong G, Clark A, Porter T, Steel N.
Access to primary care for socio-economically disadvantaged older people in rural areas: exploring realist theory using structural equation modelling in a linked dataset
BMC Medical Research Methodology 2018 18(1) DOI: 10.1186/s12874-018-0514-x
Ford J, Turley R, Porter T, Shakespeare T, Wong G, Jones A, Steel N.
Access to primary care for socio-economically disadvantaged older people in rural areas: a qualitative study
PLoS ONE 2018 13 (3) article no. e0193952
Ford J, Jones A, Wong G, Steel N.
Access to primary care for socioeconomically disadvantaged older people in rural areas: A realist review
BMJ Open 2016 6(5):e010652
Ford J, Jones A, Wong G, Clark A, Porter T, Shakespeare T et al.
Improving access to high-quality primary care for socioeconomically disadvantaged older people in rural areas: a mixed method study protocol
BMJ Open 2015;5:e009104
Ford J, Jones A, Wong G, Steel N.
Weekend opening in primary care: Analysis of the General Practice Patient Survey
British Journal of General Practice 2015 65, pp. e792-e798
Steel N, Ford J, Newton J, Davis A, Vos T, Naghavi M et al.
Mortality, causes of death, years of life lost, years lived with a disability, and disability-adjusted life years in the countries of the UK and 150 English Local Authority areas 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016
Lancet 2018, 392, pp1647-1661