Dr Richard Ayres
Profiles

Dr Richard Ayres

Lead for Population Health

Peninsula Medical School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

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.

Qualifications

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.

Professional membership

BMA, RCGP, RCP, AMEE, ASME

Roles on external bodies

External Examining, Peer Review

I represent PSMD on the national Public Health Educators in Medical Schools (PHEMS) group
I sit on the Royal College of GPs Health inequalities Standing Group

Teaching interests

Population Health, Health Inequalities, Medical Humanities, Clinical Education

Research interests

Community Development, Health Inequalities, Medical Humanities, Exercise and Health,  Primary/Secondary Care interface

Research groups

  • Plymouth Inequalities Group
  • VOYAGE: Rural and urban ageing and health inequalities

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Pettinger C, Parsons JM, Cunningham M, Withers L, D'Aprano G, Letherby G, Sutton C, Whiteford A & Ayres R 2017 'Engaging homeless individuals in discussion about their food experiences to optimise wellbeing: A pilot study' Health Education Journal , DOI PEARL
Vyas A, Rodrigues VC, Ayres R, Myles PR, Hothersall EJ & Thomas H 2017 'Public health matters: Innovative approaches for engaging medical students' Medical Teacher 39, (4) 402-408 , DOI
Thompson TP, Greaves CJ, Ayres R, Aveyard P, Warren FC, Byng R, Taylor RS, Campbell JL, Ussher M & Green C 2016 'An Exploratory Analysis of the Smoking and Physical Activity Outcomes From a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of an Exercise Assisted Reduction to Stop Smoking Intervention in Disadvantaged Groups' Nicotine & Tobacco Research 18, (3) 289-297 , DOI PEARL
Thompson TP, Greaves CJ, Ayres R, Aveyard P, Warren FC, Byng R, Taylor RS, Campbell JL, Ussher M & Michie S 2016 'Factors associated with study attrition in a pilot randomised controlled trial to explore the role of exercise-assisted reduction to stop (EARS) smoking in disadvantaged groups' Trials 17, (1) , DOI PEARL
Ayres R, Stevens S & Regan de Bere S 2016 'Getting real in the community: Evaluating the “making a difference” interdisciplinary social engagement project' MedEDPublish , DOI PEARL
Williamson AE, Ayres R, Allen J & Macleod U 2015 'Core intended learning outcomes for tackling health inequalities in undergraduate medicine' BMC Med Educ 15, Author Site , DOI
Thompson TP, Greaves CJ, Ayres R, Aveyard P, Warren FC & Byng R 2015 'Lessons learned from recruiting socioeconomically disadvantaged smokes into a pilot randomized controlled trial to explore the role of Exercise Assisted Reduction then Stop (EARS) smoking' Trials 16, , DOI PEARL
Taylor AH, Thompson TP, Greaves C, Taylor RS, Green C, Warren F, Kandiyali F, Aveyard P, Ayres R & Byng R 2014 'A pilot randomized trial to assess the methods and procedures for evaluating the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Exercise Assisted Reduction then Stop (EARS) among disadvantaged smokers' HTA Final Report , DOI
Ayres R 2013 'Reconstructing medical practice' CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH 23, (2) 242-243 Author Site , DOI
Thompson TP, Aveyard P, Ayres R, Taylor R, Warren F, Campbell J, Byng R & Ussher M 2012 'Strategies to recruit hard-to-reach smokers into Exercise Assisted Reduction then Stop (EARS): a pragmatic pilot randomised trial' The Lancet 380, (S73) , DOI
Ayres R 2007 'From serendipity to technology: use of a web-based information and booking system to improve clinical attachments at a district general hospital' Med Teach 29, (5) 437-443 Author Site , DOI
Garside R, Ayres R, Owen M, Pearson VAH & Roizen J 2002 'Anonymity and confidentiality: Rural teenagers' concerns when accessing sexual health services' Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 28, (1) 23-26 , DOI
Garside R, Ayres R, Owen M, Pearson V & Roizen J 2001 'Anonymity and confidentiality: Rural teenagers' concerns when accessing sexual health services' International Journal of STD & AIDS (12) 582-588 , DOI
Garside R 2001 'They never tell you about the consequences' Young people's awareness of sexually transmitted infections' International Journal of STD & AIDS 12 (9), 582-88 , DOI
Garside R, Ayres R, Owen MR, Pearson VH & Roizen J 2000 'General Practitioners’ Attitudes to Sexual Activity in Under-Sixteens' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 93, (11) 563-564 , DOI
Ayres R 1997 'A year in management' BMJ 315, (7113) 957-958 , DOI
Letters
Ayres R & Pocock E 1995 'Exercise on prescription' Br J Gen Pract 45, (395) 325-326 Author Site
Conference Papers
Pettinger C, Cunningham M, Parsons JM, Ayres R, D'Aprano G, Whiteford A & Letherby G 2016 'USING CREATIVE METHODS TO ENGAGE ‘MARGINALIZED’ GROUPS IN FOOD/NUTRITION ACTIVITIES: A PLYMOUTH PILOT STUDY' International Congress of Dietetics Granada, Spain 07/09/2016 10/09/2016 PEARL
Ayres R, stevens S & regan de bere S 2016 'Making a difference: a qualitative study of an inter-professional social engagement project' AMEE 2016 Barcelona 27/08/2016 31/08/2016
Ayres R, carter R & stevens S 2016 'Making a difference: a qualitative study of an inter-professional social engagement project' ASME Annnual Scientific meeting Belfast 06/07/2016 08/07/2016
Cunningham MJ, Pettinger C, Parsons J, Sutton C, Whiteford A, Ayres R, D'Aprano G, Withers L & Letherby G 2016 'EXPLORING RESIDING IN A HOMELESS HOSTEL IN THE UK THE USE OF ‘FOOD AS A LIFE-STYLE MOTIVATOR’ AMONGST HOMELESS PEOPLE: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT' 2016 - COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 15/06/2016 19/06/2016 PEARL