Prof Andrew Hayward
Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health Research
Epidemiology & Public Health
Institute of Epidemiology & Health
- Joined UCL
- 1st Feb 2001
Professor Andrew Hayward (MBBS BSc MSc DTMH MD FPHM FRSB) is Director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, UCL Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health. The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care includes the Research Departments of Epidemiology and Public Health (Professor Hayward's home Department), Behavioural Science and Health, Primary Care and Population Health and the Department of Applied Health Research). He was head the UCL Department of Infectious Disease Informatics at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics where he also led the UCL Centre for Public Health Data Science. He is founder and Co-Director of the UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health CCIH which launched in 2019. He continues to work closely with IHI which has a strong public health focus using robust epidemiological methods, electronic health records and primary data collection to have an impact on policy and practice. His work on tuberculosis in socially complex groups led to the establishment of the Find&Treat Mobile X ray screening service in 2003 which continues to screen around 10,000 homeless people, drug users and prisoners each year. He was chair of the NICE National guidance development group for TB in hard to reach groups and Co Chair 2014-16 of the NICE group which laid out the current National TB guidance. Recent work has evaluated pre-entry screening for tuberculosis and he completed the world's first randomised controlled trial of Video Observed Therapy for tuberculosis treatment adherence. In influenza his cluster randomised controlled trial of staff vaccination in nursing homes showed important reductions in influenza and related GP visits, hospitalisations and deaths in residents, influencing international policy to vaccinate health care workers. He led the MRC Wellcome Flu Watch Study from 2006-11 which was the largest national cohort of influenza burden and immunity and showed the importance of children in community transmission, that a high proportion of infections are asymptomatic and that cross protective T cell memory responses protect against illness if infected. This work contributed to policy decisions and a trial of a T cell vaccine in the elderly. Further research demonstrated that influenza acts as an acute trigger for cardiovascular events, particularly in the elderly. Research on antibiotic prescribing in primary care is influencing national efforts to reduce prescribing. Research on handwashing demonstrated the effectiveness of the National CleanYourHands campaign and the effectiveness of audit and feedback to increase handwashing compliance. As co-lead of the Wellcome/DH ICONIC 2013-18 programme he won the 2018 Institute of Engineering and Technology IET Award for Infection Response through Virus Genomics developing/evaluating the impact of routine viral sequencing (for influenza, norovirus, HIV and hepatitis C) in the NHS. His £6.5million 2019 UKPRP ACT Early collaboration with Prof John Wright will investigate child health London/Bradford over 5yrs. 2020 UKRI NIHR£3.2m Covid-19 study involves 35,000+households to April 2021.
Andrew Hayward has more than 25 years experience in Infections disease Epidemiology. Since 2005 he has led the NIHR Academic Clinical Training scheme for Academic Clinical Fellows and Academic Clinical Lecturers in Public Health for trainees specialising in infection. This role involves support through from initial interest in the scheme, supervision of MSc projects for trainees who undertake MSc’s in Epidemiology or Public Health as part of the training scheme, identification of suitable research ideas for PhD fellowship applications, identification of suitable supervisors for PhDs whether in the department or elsewhere in UCL, supervision of PhDs and mentorship through early career development including support in obtaining research funding and applying for post-doctoral fellowships. In this role Andrew has acted as educational supervisor for many public health trainees, most of whom have obtained Academic Clinical Lecturer posts, post doctoral research fellowships from Wellcome and NIHR and secured permanent academic posts. Public Health trainees who are interested in an academic career are welcome to contact him for advice. Professor Hayward is an experienced PhD supervisor for both clinical and non-clinical research students. In 2017 he was awarded the UCL Student Choice Award for Outstanding Research Supervision. He led the MSc module ‘Epidemiology as applied to Electronic Health Records as part of a new MSc in data science for Health and Biomedicine and co leads a new MSc module in ‘InclusionHealth’ as part of the Population Health MSc. In partnership with the Groundswell Peer Advocacy Programme he pioneered a new teaching session on homeless health for undergraduate medical students, involving them meeting and interviewing a panel of people with lived experience of homelessness to support the development of empathy and understanding amongst his students. This teaching session is one of the most highly rated of any the undergraduate teaching sessions. He has developed the Inclusion Health Masters Module as part of the Masters in Population Health which also runs as a stand alone short course.
- University College London
- Doctorate, Doctor of Medicine | 2009
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1996
- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | 1994
- Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery | 1990
- First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1987
Professor Hayward is an NIHR Senior Investigator. He qualified in Medicine at United Medical and Dental Schools London. He undertook a senior house officer rotation in Public Health in Leicester before joining the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (now Centre for Infection at Public Health England) as a research registrar in the Respiratory Section. He was awarded a distinction for his MSc in Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before completing his public health training in London and Nottingham. He was a lecturer in public health at University of Nottingham before moving to UCL as Senior Lecturer to establish the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Population Health, When he arrived at UCL there was very strong research on HIV and STIs but very little research on other infections within the department. He established a successful group focusing on acute respiratory infections, tuberculosis, hospital-acquired infection, antimicrobial prescribing and resistance and infections in hard to reach groups. He became UCL Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health in 2014. In 2015 he established a new Department of Infectious Disease Informatics in the new UCL Institute of Health Informatics, this move enabled his group to take advantage of the highly multidisciplinary world-class research environment and outstanding opportunities in Big Data research. In 2016 Professor Hayward was appointed as Deputy Director of the Institute of Health Informatics with responsibility for Learning Health Systems and Public Health.
In January 2017 Professor Hayward became interim Director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and was confirmed as substantive Institute Director in June 2017. Founded the UCL CCIH Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health which he Co-directs with Professor Alastair Story, in 2019, looking at improving the health care outcomes and quality of life for hard to reach groups.
Professor Hayward plays an active role in Policy and Guideline Development through membership of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation Influenza Subgroup and since its inception on the New and Emerging Respiratory Threats Advisory Group NERVTAG. He chaired the NICE national guideline development group for Tuberculosis in Underserved Groups and co-chaired the 2014-16 NICE group revising all national tuberculosis guidance. He is a trustee of the Pathway Homeless Health Charity and member of the Research Advisory Board of the Groundswell Homeless Health Peer Advocacy charity. He is an active member of the IEHC equality action group EAG advocating inclusion, equality and diversity across the Institute.