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May Moonan

May MoonanClinical Lecturer in Public Health Medicine and Specialty Registrar in Public Health
University of Liverpool/Liverpool Primary Care Trust

May Moonan is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Policy at the University of Liverpool, where she is pursuing a doctorate and training to be a consultant in Public Health Medicine. After completing a medical degree at Imperial College, May undertook a senior house officer rotation and obtained her MRCP. It was whilst working in London hospitals that she began to fully appreciate the impact of social factors (determinants) on patients' health, and develop an interest public health. Deciding to make this her career, she took up a Specialty Registrar post in Public Health in 2007 in the Mersey Deanery. May enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, and promoting the development of healthcare professionals as Chair of the Mersey Medical Leadership School. Her research experience to date includes an exploration of how decision-makers use evidence in making policy decisions, and involvement in a WHO Collaborating Centre study tracking the impact of universal policies on the social determinants of health and health inequities.

May will spend her time as a NICE scholar evaluating the effectiveness of two different approaches to the implementation of a national preventive programme; universal (everyone receives the intervention) or targeted (only high risk people receive the intervention). The Healthy Start Programme in the North West of England will provide the backdrop to the study. May plans to explore barriers to the use and implementation of the relevant NICE guidance that underpins and promotes the use of Healthy Start vitamins in pregnant women and pre-school children. The aim of this work is to find innovative ways of overcoming these barriers and increase the use of NICE guidance. May will be working with commissioners, health care professionals, representatives from local authorities and members of the public. The findings from this project should be of value to other regions of England and have relevance in other areas of public health policy implementation.

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