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Co-presenters: Dr Ruaridh Buchanan – London, Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis – Barts NHS Trust, Professor Clíona Ní Cheallaigh – Dublin, Dr Emma McGuire – St Thomas’ Hospital, Dr Shamaila Anwar – NIHR, Dr John Budd – Edinburgh, Liz Marr – Waverley Care, Rachael Kenyon – Cyrenians Hospital
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I am a consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Barts Health NHS Trust in East London, an area with a large and mobile immigrant population, many of whom suffer socio-economic deprivation. As well as providing inpatient care for these patients I am involved in running the tuberculosis and outpatient IV antibiotic services for Tower Hamlets and Newham boroughs, a combined population of nearly 700,000 people.
My early training took place in the East of England, with my training in infection taking me to Oxford as well as a number of different parts of London. Working in such a variety of areas I have become all too aware of healthcare inequalities and the various difficulties that vulnerable patients can face in accessing healthcare; from the obvious, such as language barriers and mobility issues, to the more subtle interplay of cultural and social differences, as well as hidden costs of healthcare.
I am an Infectious Diseases doctor having worked in London for more than 10 years. I look after patients in hospital, advise medical teams about antibiotic use and help run the laboratory. I have also been very much involved in trade union politics and NHS campaigning.
Clíona Ní Cheallaigh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine and Associate Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Medicne in TCD. She is also a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine in St James’s Hospital, Dublin.
She is the Clinical Lead of a pilot Inclusion Health Service in St James’s Hospital dedicated to improving access to specialist hospital care for socially excluded individuals.
Emma is an Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology doctor (SpR) at St Thomas’ Hospital and is doing a Masters degree in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Dr Shamaila Anwar is a senior manager at the NIHR where she has worked for the last 6 years managing key initiatives in Cancer, Surgery and Oral and Dental Health Research. She is currently project managing the NIHR COVID and Me programme led by Prof Sue Pavitt to address inclusivity in research and reaching underserved communities. Shamaila completed her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Bradford in 2004 and has a background in the development and management of clinical trials across a number of different specialty areas.
John Budd, GP Edinburgh Access Practice. We are a GP practice, working in partnership with social work and housing, providing health care for people experiencing homelessness. Previously I have worked as a mainstream GP and a community doctor in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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