Emma undertook her undergraduate medical training (MBChB) and intercalation in the History of Medicine (BMedSc) at the University of Birmingham, completing her studies in 2008. She started on the North Staffordshire vocational GP training scheme in 2010 and was awarded a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship. During Emma's training, she completed the Diploma in Medical Studies and started her doctoral studies in 2012. During her training Emma was awarded the RCGP Midland Faculty Associate in Training Award and the RCGP Great Expectations Bursary.Emma was funded by an NIHR In-Practice Fellowship between 2014-2017, and a SPCR GP Progression Fellowship between 2017-2020. She completed her PhD titled "Acute flares in knee osteoarthritis" in 2020.

Emma was an awarded a NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship in 2020. Emma is currently involved in the MIDAS study, CHIPP study and has research interests in musculoskeletal health, osteoarthritis, urgent care and social determinants of health.

Emma is an RCGP Clinical Advisor and a BJGP Open editorial board member and was honorary Secretary for the RCGP Midland She was also a GP representative on the NICE OA guidelines committee (2019-2022).

Research and scholarship

Emma completed her PhD titled "Acute flares in knee osteoarthritis" in 2020. This led to a series of linked publications describing the natural history of flares in knee OA, potential triggers and qualitative perspectives of flares in people with OA. This work led to input in further related studies including: ACT-Flare and a systematic review of management options for OA flares.

Emma is now leading a series of projects looking at social determinants of health in health and care settings in UK. She is leading the development of a musculoskeletal database across health and care settings in the Black Country. She has been involved in developing new models of care for patients in Wolverhampton.

Emma also provides clinical input into the Oliver Bird Foundation funded MIDAS study and the UKRI funded CHIPP study


Emma is involved with teaching public health modules to undergraduate students at Keele University and is a Personal Development Tutor.

Emma is a co-supervisor for a PhD student on a project titled "Emma is involved with teaching public health modules to undergraduate students at Keele University and is a Personal Development Tutor.".

Emma will be lead supervisor for a PhD student funded through the ESRC and Keele Faculty Funds starting October 2023 titled "Identifying targets to reduce health inequality; does area or individual-level data on social determinants of health perform better at predicting health outcomes?".

Emma also supervises GP Postgraduate Doctors in Training to undertake academic placements at Keele.

Further information

Emma is a GP in Birmingham. She is a member of the Keele University Psychology course ethics panel, a BJGP Open editorial board member and RCGP Clinical Advisor.


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