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I joined Keele University as a Senior Lecturer in General Practice in 2011. After graduating in 1991, I worked for the NHS for 7 years before being awarded a Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust in 1998. This I completed in the Department of Primary Health Care in Bristol while at the same time maintaining a clinical commitment in General Practice. The end result of this Fellowship was a publication in the BMJ which was also awarded the `RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award 2000.' Following this in 2001, I was awarded a 4 year MRC Fellowship during which time I successfully completed the MRes followed by a PhD at the University of Manchester. This was followed by a 5-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the RC-UK scheme to fund research into the development of interventions to support shared decision making in disadvantaged groups.

Throughout this time I continue to practice as a General Practitioner in inner-city Manchester

My research, influenced by my clinical practice in inner-city Manchester, is focussed on two NHS priorities - the needs of socio-economically disadvantaged patients and the need for interventions to improve patient self-management in long-term conditions. My most recent project is to explore use of health trainers to improve health outcomes in patients with low health literacy, funded by an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

As part of my interest in Health Literacy research, I have been Deputy Chair of the Health Literacy UK ( group since 2008, and now Chair Elect.