Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Outstanding achievements by UCL General Practioners Academic Clinical Fellows 2019

27 June 2019


UCL ACF successes 2019 (with 3 out of 10 NIHR In-Practice Fellowships coming to UCL this year!)


The Department of Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH) at UCL hosts a thriving group of GP Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) whose programme combines clinical training towards GP accreditation with training in academic primary care (research and teaching) over a four-year period.


We are delighted to share news of several outstanding achievements by UCL GP ACFs who have recently completed, or are about to complete their training programmes this summer.



  • Dr Henry Goodfellow,  has been appointed to a four year NIHR funded Academic Clinical Lecturer post working with the eHealth group at PCPH


  • Dr Cini Bhanu, awarded Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship to undertake  PhD with the PCPH Centre for Ageing and Population Studies (CAPS)  on “Understanding hypotensive burden: use & safety of medications with blood pressure lowering effects in older people”.  Funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust .


  • Dr Sophie Mylan,  awarded ESRC Doctoral Studentship for the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership, based in the Department of Global Health and Development at LSHTM.   Her PhD is on displacement and pandemic ‘preparedness’ amongst refugees in northern Uganda.


  • Dr Rakesh Modi , awarded Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians. He will be based at the Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge.  His PhD study will be a qualitative evaluation of atrial fibrillation screening implementation.


  • Dr Meena Rafiq,  After completing her ACF in 2017 Meena went on to  an IPF based at the Institute of Health Informatics using longitudinal GP electronic health records to identify predictors for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in young adults. She has recently been awarded a Royal Marsden Partners Pan-London Cancer Research Fellowship for  18 months to build on this work in a joint initiative between the three London Cancer alliances and three UCL departments (IHI, PCPH and BSH).



In Practice Fellowship this year were also awarded to:



  • Dr Zana Khan, (honorary senior lecturer at UCL) awarded an NIHR In-Practice Fellowship working with PCPH and the  IEHC Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health (CCIH). Zana will be researching interprofessional education in inclusion health.  


  • Dr Pushpa Nair, awarded  NIHR In Practice Fellowship  (IPF) - working with CAPS on studies exploring cultural differences in dementia.


  • Dr Arnoupe Jhass, awarded a two year NIHR In Practice Fellowship (IPF) working with the PCPH Infections in Primary Care Group and the Institute of Health Informatics (IHI) to explore the drivers of antibiotic prescribing behaviour using large datasets and qualitative research.


  •  Dr Jess Carter (recently Academic ST4 in PCPH) awarded an NIHR In Practice Fellowship working with the infections team at St George’s University of London on improving migrant health: engaging GPs and migrants around delivering effective parasite screening and treatment in UK primary care



Congratulations to all of the above, and enormous thanks to all colleagues who have been involved in their supervision and support.