I am a GP and public health doctor based in Cambridge, U.K. I work to protect and improve health by supporting action to address climate change and promote sustainable development. I am motivated by the desire to create a better, healthier, fairer world for everyone.
I work as a salaried GP in Cambridge and teach public health at the University of Cambridge. I continue my work on climate change and sustainability alongside this.
In 2017 I decided to return to clinical general practice, after 8 years in public health. I undertook the NHS GP refresher programme in 2017-18.
Between 2014-16 I worked freelance as a public health consultant on a mix of local, regional and national projects. These included work on sustainability and on other fields of public health.
From 2013-2014 I worked for Public Health England, the then new national body for public health in England, to establish its Sustainability Programme which brought together its work related to climate change, extreme weather events and sustainable development into a single comprehensive programme.
Prior to this I undertook five years of professional public health training which included periods working for the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, the Centre for Diet and Physical Activity Research and local public health teams in the counties of Suffolk and Bedfordshire in England. I won places on and completed the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s Scholars programme and the East of England NHS Leadership Fellows programme.
Prior to specialising in public health I trained and worked as a general practice doctor. I hold a Masters in Public Health and Bachelors degree in Medicine from Cambridge University. I am a fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health and am a member of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners.
I can be found on Twitter @drjnsmith