Siobhan is a Public Health Registrar in her 3rd year of training and currently on a two-year placement in the Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection. Before joining the training scheme in 2009, she graduated with a 1st class Honours degree in Physiology and began her career in Public Health in the North East of England, where she led on a project looking at the prevention, identification and management of obesity among children across ten Primary Care Trusts. Siobhan then worked in young people's Health Improvement in Hartlepool, the Healthy Schools programme in Redcar & Cleveland, and then relocated to the Beacon award-winning St Helens Healthy Schools team in the North West of England, where she led on Food and Nutrition and Drugs Education. Her current role includes involvement in the management, control and investigation of outbreaks, providing public health advice on daily health protection queries, audits and a new project looking at vaccination for patients with chronic kidney disease. Siobhan achieved a distinction her Masters in Public Health in 2010, and recently published a paper and editorial from her dissertation on the relationship between socioeconomic status, substance use and wellbeing. Siobhan holds a second Masters degree; her dissertation was on children's perceptions of alcohol. She passed both the Faculty of Public Health Membership exams in 2011 and is currently Vice Chair of the FPH National Specialty Registrar Committee.
Siobhan's project will promote, measure, monitor and report upon the implementation of the NICE guidelines for identifying and managing tuberculosis (TB) among hard to reach groups in the Cheshire and Merseyside area. TB remains a significant public health issue, causing over 2 million deaths worldwide. In the UK, people from hard-to-reach groups are not only more vulnerable to the disease, but are also less likely to comply with treatment. The aim of this project is to agree with local stakeholders a vision for TB services that meet the needs of hard-to-reach groups and to examine what aspects of the NICE guidance are already in place, what gaps exist and what barriers and levers there might be to implementing the guidance locally. The results of this project will be useful to commissioners locally, but will also be fed back to NICE for wider dissemination to other areas also implementing the guidance.
This page was last updated: 03 January 2013