Clinical Lecturer in Public Health
MBChb, DTM&H, Msc, PhD, MFPH, FRSPH, FHEA
I am a Clinical Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Cambridge. In my current post I spend 50% of my time undertaking research and 50% in the NHS.
My medical school training was at the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 2007. Following this I completed my foundation medical training in hospitals in the north east of Scotland. I then spent a year in Auckland, NZ, working as a junior doctor in medicine for the elderly and surgery. On returning to the UK, I work in the Evidence Review Group at the University of Aberdeen appraising the clinical and cost effectiveness of new medications for NICE. During this period, I spent three months at the Liverpool School of Topical Medicine undertaking the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. I also attained a distinction for my Master’s degree in public health and also won Division and College prizes for my thesis looking at vitamin D supplementation and heart disease.
In 2012, I began an Academic Clinical Fellowship at the University of East Anglia which allowed me to spend 25% of my time in research and 75% in the public health team at Norfolk County Council. I then was successful in applying for a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship looking at how disadvantaged older people access primary care. My research informed an NHS toolkit and animation about improving access to primary care for vulnerable groups and based on this I won two prizes for research Impact. After finishing my fellowship, I was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in 2019.
My 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)
My main interest is health inequalities and in particular what the NHS can do about them. My current research projects focus on health interventions which increase or decrease inequalities, primarily in primary care or commissioning.
My NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship looked at how disadvantaged older people from rural areas access primary care. The first two years were spent generating theory based on a realist review, cohort analysis of ELSA using structural equation modelling and semi-structured interviews/focus groups. In the second two years I completed a feasibility study to improve access to primary care for older people with four general practices in Norfolk. The main publications can be found on the publications section below.
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.
I am currently a Senior Associate Editor with the journal Public Health.
Health care and health outcome inequalities and primary care research
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
Global Burden of Disease
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
Ford J, MacLennan G, Avenell A, Bolland M, Grey A, Witham M
Cardiovascular disease and vitamin D supplementation: trial analysis, systematic review, and meta-analysis.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2014 100(3): 746-55 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.113.082602