The fair health team

Alice Deasy

Alice is a GP trainee and recently undertook a year as a leadership fellow. The focus of her work this year was considering how we tackle health inequalities in primary care, including the development of the ‘fairhealth’ project, founding it in 2017.. 

Her career path has been influenced by her longstanding interest in how we reduce health inequalities. Beginning with an Interacalated BSc in International Health, and experience as a student supporting the homeless community in Leeds, she went on to spend her early postgraduate years as an academic clinical fellow in Infectious Diseases before choosing to embrace primary care and develop her interest in ‘Deep end’ general practice. 

David Munkenbeck

David is a GP trainee and leadership fellow. Through this project he is learning more about health inequity and what impact primary care can have in reducing the effect of deprivation and marginalisation on health outcomes. David is looking to establish new links between healthcare professionals working in communities suffering due to deprivation to improve sharing of best practice. He is also looking at the practical approaches that can help to tackle health inequality, building on our module ‘A practical guide to reducing health inequalities’ and doing research to establish ways of improving access to primary care for children living in deprivation. He is also interested in workforce and finding mechanisms to offer more GP training places in deprived practices.

Dom Patterson

Dom is a GP in South Yorkshire working in a practice that covers areas of deep deprivation, Director of Postgraduate GP Education and Deputy Dean in Yorkshire and the Humber, and Visiting Professor at the School of Medicine, the University of Leeds. Passionate about reducing health inequalities, his MSc dissertation describes the development of the health equity curriculum.  He is also a member of the RCGP Health Inequalities Standing Group. In 2015 he co-founded the Yorkshire and Humber GP at the Deep End network with colleagues from across the region, founding fairhealth in 2017. 

Rachel Steen

Rachel is a GP registrar and leadership fellow in health equity. She is driven by a desire to reduce health inequity which started while volunteering with an Asylum seeker charity (ASSIST) and developed during an intercalated BSc  in international health during her undergraduate training.

During her GP training she enjoyed working with marginalised patient groups, who taught her how important the role of the GP is in advocating for our patients. Rachel is interested in the workforce; why we choose to work where we do and what keeps us there, particularly in areas of socioeconomic deprivation. Since 2018 she has been organising and evaluating the educational programme for the first year of The Trailblazer Scheme in Yorkshire & Humber as well as leading projects promoting leadership, opportunities and well-being for early career GPs and GP trainees. 

Sarah Soar

Sarah is a GP trainee in South Yorkshire.  Her work this year has enabled her to develop an interest in health inequalities and particularly the role that primary care can play in reducing them.  During her Leadership fellow year, she has worked on a number of projects with a focus on postgraduate GP training, including a collaborative project with local community and voluntary sector organisations to incorporate a social accountability element to GP training. 

Tom Ratcliffe

Tom is a GP and trainer in Keighley, West Yorkshire and a GP Tutor at Health Education England in Yorkshire responsible for curriculum delivery. In 2015 he co-founded the Yorkshire and Humber GP at the Deep End network with colleagues in Sheffield and Doncaster. He is Clinical Development Director for the Modality Partnership's Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven division. He is busy delivering postgraduate medical education on 'deprivation medicine' to GP trainees across the region, has an interest in tackling inequity through primary care interventions, and has been heavily involved in building links in the community to improve health and wellbeing. 


Gem Ashwell (Homeless Healthcare)

Dr Gemma Ashwell is a GP with a specialist interest in Homeless and Inclusion Healthcare. She works at Bevan Healthcare in Bradford where her surgeries include late night clinics for women involved in prostitution, street medicine sessions for people who are homeless and clinics for asylum seekers and refugees. Gemma’s other main interest is in medical education and she also works as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds School of Medicine. 

Lucy Chiddick (Homeless Healthcare)

Lucy is a GP with a specialist interest in Homeless and Inclusion Healthcare, and substance misuse. She also works as CCG clinical lead for vulnerable groups. Lucy has also worked for years in the voluntary sector with marginalised groups and in 2005 co-founded a charity working with women involved in street prostitution in Leeds. Passionate about improving access to both health and social care for those most marginalised, Lucy’s public health masters focussed on the health needs of the homeless, with key findings published in a DOH strategy. Involved in the education of both health professionals, and those in training, in inclusion health, she advocates the power of narrative and the compelling need to learn first-hand from those who have suffered multiple exclusion.