I am a Public Health professional with more than ten years experience. I was a Speciality Registrar and Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health at the University of Oxford, then took up the role of Interim Head of Health and Wellbeing in West Berkshire. I am now working as a Public Health Consultant based in Cambridge (supporting the NHS specialised commissioning hub overseeing the East of England and East Midlands region).
I earned my medical degree from DR. M.G.R Medical University, India; was a recipient of the European Union’s prestigious “Erasmus Mundus” Scholarship; and went on to complete a dual Masters in Public Health from the University of Sheffield and an MSc with a specialisation in Health Economics and Financial Management from Jagiellonian University, Poland. In the past, I have worked as a researcher in health economics at the University of Groningen, Netherlands; as a field consultant on behalf of WHO in tuberculosis control in India; and as a medical consultant for Population Services International for the control of sexually transmitted infections in southern India.
As part of my service work in the UK I have assessed the trends in childhood Tuberculosis; the uptake of childhood vaccination; contributed to the service specification for new entrant’s service; and worked with the communication activities for raising awareness about TB in Berkshire. I have also taken a lead role in identifying the health needs, health related quality of life and utilisation of healthcare services for offenders managed within the Thames Valley probation caseload.
In addition to my service work, I have sound foundations in Health Economics and have recently submitted my DPhil evaluating the cost-effectiveness of mood-monitoring systems, and pharmacotherapy in the management of severe mental illness. I am passionate about health improvement and reducing health inequalities across population groups. I strongly believe in an evidence-based approach to public health practice. In particular, I constantly strive to understand how the quality of prevention and curative health services can be improved while ensuring that scarce resources are used in an efficient and effective way.