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Dr Jessica Sheringham
Room 112
Department of Applied Health Research
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Senior Research Fellow Honorary Consultant in Public Health (non-clinical) Public Health England
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Jessica's interest in applied health research began whilst working at England’s healthcare regulator, the Healthcare Commission (now the Care Quality Commission), where she developed and evaluated methods for monitoring the quality of public health and healthcare delivery in England’s National Health Service.  She completed a Medical Research Council Fellowship/ PhD at UCL, examining inequalities in chlamydia testing in young people in 2011. 

In her role within the NIHR ARC North Thames Research Partnership Team she works closely with public health and healthcare professionals to develop research that addresses questions of importance to public health and healthcare delivery. Her current work programme includes studies that seek to improve pathways to a cancer diagnosis, implementation of supported self-management in asthma and maximising the value of linked health and social data to service delivery.

Jessica also has an enduring commitment to public health education and training. She is an Examiner for the UK Faculty of Public Health international membership exams. She has led development of online courses in screening, population health, evidence based practice and clinical reasoning and is co-author of Mastering Public Health, a textbook on public health.

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Research Summary

My research seeks to improve the delivery and effectiveness of health care and public health programmes particularly those that seek to reduce inequalities. I combine qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods to evaluate existing and novel healthcare and public health programmes. 

Current projects and collaborations include:

- NIHR ARC North Thames, led by Professor Rosalind Raine, UCL. As a member of ARC North Thames Research Partnership Team, I work with NHS organisations and local authorities to explore the potential for research into service priorities and needs to improve population health. I have a strong interest in supporting the linkage of local NHS and council data to advance understanding of inequalities across the health and care system. 

- NIHR Cancer Awareness Screening and Early Detection Policy Research Unit, led by Prof Stephen Duffy, QMUL. I work on studies concerned with supporting earlier diagnosis of cancer, primarily focused on workforce and capability. 

IMP²ART (IMPlementing IMProved Asthma self-management as RouTine), led by Professor Hilary Pinnock, University of Edinburgh  and Professor Stephanie Taylor, QMUL. I provide expertise in healthcare organisations to this five-year grant to develop and evaluate an implementation strategy to help general practices embed supported self-management into routine asthma care 


Teaching Summary

I have a strong interest in education. Current activities include:

- co-lead for Core Concepts module in UCL's MSc in Population Health 
- examiner for the international Faculty of Public Health Diplomate exams 
- co-lead for the development and evaluation of eCREST, a training tool used by medical students, pharmacists and physician associates to support the development of clinical reasoning skills for diagnosis of lung symptoms
- supervisor for public health and GP registrars in the Department of Applied Health Research. 

01-JAN-2019 – 30-SEP-2024 Honorary Consultant in Public Health   Public Health England, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2012 – 01-APR-2016 Senior Research Associate Applied Health Research UCL, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2008 – 31-OCT-2011 MRC Fellow Applied Health Research UCL, United Kingdom
09-AUG-2004 – 08-AUG-2012 Public Health Specialty Registrar   London Deanery, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2005   Master of Science University of London
1997   Master of Science Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1996   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2012   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
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