Dr Richard Ayres
Lead for Population Health
Peninsula Medical School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)
My teaching and research interests are in Clinical Education and in particular in population health and health inequalities.I also have an interest in the place and role of the humanities in clinical education. I am lead for Public Health for Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and lead for Population Health for Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
I am a practicing GP in Devonport Academic Health Centre in Plymouth and have research interests in Health Inequalities and anything concerning the importance of "place" in human health.
MB ChB, MD, MMed (Dist), FHEA, MRCP, MRCGP
I have had a pretty eclectic career in medicine. Having completed a very traditional medical course at the University of Edinburgh and then trained in general practice, I went to Uganda, East Africa and spent 8 years doing everything from general medicine and surgery to setting up comprehensive primary health care. Latterly I spent much time establishing a Leprosy control programme for the West Nile district that brought care and rehabilitation to nearly 10,000 patients. Throughout this time I was involved in education at all levels from village health workers to doctors and became interested in how best to teach the wide range of knowledge, skills and attitudes needed - and indeed in what the role of health professionals was in a very different cultural context. Having returned to UK, I worked back in primary care but also updated my general medical training. I took and passed the membership exam of the Royal College of Physicians and then undertook and completed an MD at the University of Edinburgh, based on my primary care research into access to GPs for marginalized groups (including teenagers). By then I was working as Undergraduate tutor for North Devon, arranging student attachments in both primary and secondary care for medical students (at that time mostly from the University of Bristol). I developed a web-based system that was used by students to choose and tailor their educational experience and this became the basis for my Masters thesis for the University of Dundee M Med programme, which I passed with distinction. I then moved to Plymouth to join the new Peninsula Medical School and also to work as medical adviser to a government funded community development project based in Devonport - one of the most deprived communities in The S West. At PMS I became involved in the Postgraduate training programme, helping to set up the Masters in Clinical Education and then Masters programmes in Community Public Health and Environment and Human Health. I then moved to the Undergraduate programme where I am lead for Population Health, a broad theme across all 5 years of the curriculum taught via plenaries, workshops, SSU's and a variety of community placements.
Clinically I work as a GP in Devonport in an academic practice set up as a collaboration between the University of Plymouth and a social enterprise called Plymouth Community Healthcare. The aim is to transform health in Devonport (the highest deprivation neighbourhood in Plymouth) through holistic medical care, combined with action on the social determinants of health. This is combined with teaching students from several disciplines and research especially into health inequalities.
BMA, RCGP, RCP, AMEE, ASME
Roles on external bodies
External Examining, Peer Review
Population Health, Health Inequalities, Medical Humanities, Clinical Education
Community Development, Health Inequalities, Medical Humanities, Exercise and Health, Primary/Secondary Care interface
- Plymouth Inequalities Group
- VOYAGE: Rural and urban ageing and health inequalities
Key publications are highlightedJournals