I am a NIHR Clinician Scientist, Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit, and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. I read Medicine at the University of Nottingham and completed Neonatal Medicine subspecialty training in 2018.
In 2020, I was awarded a 5-year NIHR Advanced Fellowship to lead a programme of research neoWONDER: 'Neonatal Whole Population Data linkage to improve lifelong health and wellbeing of preterm babies'. I will link data from a 12-year cohort of babies held on the UK National Neonatal Research Database, to other population-level physical and mental health, and education data. This life-course approach at scale will help identify neonatal interventions that may improve the life-long health and wellbeing of preterm and sick newborns. By working closely with patients and parents, I will ensure that the research is meaningful and relevant to their needs.
I completed my PhD at Imperial College, which focused on the epidemiology of Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC), a serious bowel condition that affects preterm babies. I led the first national prospective cohort study which quantified the incidence of severe NEC applying a consistent case-definition and examined feed-related antecedents. I am keen to apply my expertise in the development, interrogation and application of datasets more broadly across Child Health. I am Vice-Chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Informatics For Quality Committee. I am also Data and Informatics lead at the British Association of Perinatal Medicine , Deputy Chair of the NIHR HTA Prioritisation committee for Hospital Based Care, and member of the National Maternity Perinatal Audit (NMPA) and Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) Advisory Boards.
I am committed to strengthening UK neonatal research through research experience across trainee networks. I am founder and Consultant Lead for NeoTRIPS (Neonatal Trainee-Led Research and Improvement ProjectS). I am also RCPCH Neonatal College Tutor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
I supervise PhD, MSc and BSc students undertaking research projects in the School of Public Health, and Reproductive and Developmental Medicine. I am happy to be contacted for more information or opportunities.
My other interests include improving neonatal outcomes in low middle-income countries through collection and analysis of minimal data to inform improvements in care and appropriate use of technology. Since 2011, I have volunteered as a trustee and medical advisor for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and have experience setting up, teaching and working in low resource settings.
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