Dr Elizabeth Walton

NIHR Clinical Lecturer

liz waltonAcademic Unit of Primary Medical Care
Samuel Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU

Tel: 0114 222 2095
Fax: 0114 222 2219
Email: e.walton@sheffield.ac.uk


Inspired by a desire to answer questions raised while working as General Practitioner, I have been privileged to work within a dynamic primary research team at Sheffield University since 2008. Under the supervision of Professor Nigel Mathers, I was awarded an NIHR In Practice Fellowship in 2008 which has allowed me to personally develop my research project from a “post it note” idea during a busy surgery, through peer review processes, quantitative and qualitative data collection and I was awarded a PhD in March 2015.

Alongside my research post I now work as a salaried GP in Derbyshire just a few miles away from Sheffield where I graduated with an MBChB in 2000. Following house jobs in Sheffield and a brief spell working as a junior doctor in Australia I returned to undertake my GP training in Sheffield at The Whitehouse Surgery in one of the most deprived areas in Sheffield. This training has proved to be very influential both on my clinical and research roles.

Research Interests

Having witnessed the contrasts in the social determinants of health for people living in contrasting areas of Sheffield while working as a GP I could not help but become passionate about exploring health inequalities and whether the primary care community exhibits features of a modern day “inverse care law”. I am now embarking on a collaborative project with colleagues at ScHARR and health care professionals working with one of the vulnerable groups in Sheffield. We are undertaking a mapping and formative evaluation of innovative practice of how primary care meets the needs of new migrants. This is with a view to making an NIHR research grant application before 2017. I am also embarking upon an exciting collaboration facilitated through my membership of the medical humanities group with an arts charity Ignite Imaginations to explore innovative alternative ways of presenting data regarding health inequality.


  • NIHR In Practice Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • University of Sheffield Research and Innovation Grant, £1,300, 2009-2013
  • Royal College of General Practitioners, Scientific Foundation Board Grant, £7,294. 2010-2014
  • NIHR Clinical Lectureship, 2015-2019
  • Sheffield CCG Research Capability Fund, co-applicant, £22,659, September 2015-March 2016
  • Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Grant, seed award, co-applicant - under review July 2015


I really enjoy working with medical students both during my clinical work and in the Early Years small group teaching in General Practice. I find working alongside students both motivational and inspiring, and have previously facilitated small groups for phases 3a and 3b and marked audits as part of student community attachments in Sheffield. I gain great satisfaction from helping young doctors gain experience, and also welcome all the fresh ideas and knowledge they bring to my practice. In 2012 I was privileged to supervise a talented young medical student who was awarded a first in BMedSci qualitative research project. I also particularly enjoyed working with my first group of 'early years' students this year, and we ended our sessions with a garden party at my home to celebrate their exam success. I deliver a whole year group lecture to phase 2a describing health inequality and am due to deliver a Research Methods lecture with colleagues from AUPMC in September. I am looking forward to becoming a 'Personal and Academic' this year to phase 3 students.

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Walton E () Does meaningful referrals data exist for GPs? Funnel plots may help reveal practices with unwarranted variations.. Regional SAPC. Sheffield, 5 March 2013 - 5 March 2013.
  • Walton E () Triggers for Referrals - Are they different for General Practitioners working in deprived compared with affluent areas of Sheffield. National SAPC. Bristol, 11 February 2011 - 11 February 2011.
  • Walton E () NIHR funding for Primary Care:In Practice and in Reality. Regional SAPC. Sheffield, 8 March 2011.
  • Walton E () Triggers for Referrals - Are they different for General Practitioners working in deprived compared with affluent areas of Sheffield?. Royal College of General Practitioners Conference. Liverpool, 20 October 2011 - October 2011.
  • Walton E () Triggers for Referrals - Are they different for General Practitioners working in deprived compared with affluent areas of Sheffield?. Regional SAPC. Sheffield, 8 March 2011.
  • Walton E () Are the triggers for referral of patients from primary to secondary care, for coronary heart disease, different between GPs working in affluent and deprived areas of Sheffield?. Regional SAPC. Leiceter, 31 March 2009.


  • Such E, Walton E, Delaney B, Harris J & Salway S (2016) New Migrants in Primary Healthcare - How are services adapting? Summary and Mini Case Book View this article in WRRO