Helen’s top tip for public engagement – “just get out there and do it… whilst remembering the importance of listening!”

Helen is a Professor of Public Health within the Faculty of Medicene. She joined St Mary's Hospital as a junior doctor in 1984, going on to work as a clinician within genitourinary medicine and undertake training in Public Health. Her research has determined sex workers' risk of contracting HIV. This research has drawn on methods from a variety of disciplines including ethnography and anthropology. Amongst other responsibilities, she leads the Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) which leads on patient and public involvement for the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and researches participatory approaches to improving health care quality. 

Listen to Helen's highlight story, in which she talks about cross-disciplinary collaborations and the power of conversation with patients. 


Reflections on research: Experiences of research participation in North West London

Reflections on research

From 2013: A collaborative output between the neighbouring arms of the NIHR infrastructure in Northwest London - i.e. NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), NIHR Royal Brompton Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, NIHR Royal Brompton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit and the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for North West London examining the experiences of patients in North West London having taken part in the research process.

Inaugural lecture, HIV, Sex workers, Healthcare

Hustling for health

Watch Professor Helen Ward's inaugural lecture from 2011.

'Hustling for health' refers to sex workers who apply skills developed through soliciting business in hostile environments to the struggle to access rights and healthcare. It also refers to a public health doctor using the skills she developed in medicine and political activism to raise money for preventative programmes in an Academic Health Science Centre, introduce radical educational programmes and smuggle more social science into a staunchly biomedical university.