The fair health team

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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. 

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. 

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Dom Patterson

Dom is a GP in South Yorkshire working in a practice that covers areas of deep deprivation and Director of Postgraduate GP Education in Yorkshire and the Humber. Passionate about reducing health inequalities, his MSc dissertation describes the development of the health equity curriculum.  He is also an elected member of RCGP council and 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. 

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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. 

Sarah Soar

Sarah is a GP trainee currently working as a Leadership Fellow 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 Fellowship 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. 


Contributors

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.