Dr Elizabeth Walton BSC (Hons), MBChB, PhD

NIHR Clinical Lecturer

liz waltonAcademic Unit of Primary Medical Care
Room 206, second floor
Samuel Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
Sheffield   S5 7AU

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


I am a Clinical Lecturer in primary care medicine and also a GP in the most deprived area of Sheffield at the Whitehouse Surgery. I am funded by the NIHR to develop my research and teaching skills with a focus on health inequalities. My passion to work towards health equity for communities and support professionals working with vulnerable groups was inspired through witnessing the contrasts in the social determinants of health for patients throughout my career.

Prior to gaining my medical degree at The University of Sheffield in 2000, I trained as a Physiotherapist in Newcastle; I also worked for 6 months as a junior doctor in Australia and have been a salaried GP in rural Derbyshire for 9 years. My research career began in 2008 under the supervision of Professor Nigel Mathers when I was awarded an NIHR In Practice Fellowship. This allowed me to personally develop a health services research project from a “post it note” idea during a busy locum surgery, to becoming a PhD in 2015.

Research Interests

Pragmatic health services research focusing upon:

  • Health Inequalities
  • Migrant health
  • GP Resilience
  • Mental health: eating disorders, social prescribing
  • Physical activity and health

Teaching Interests

I successfully completed the Post Graduate in Medical Education in 2017 and am in the process of becoming a GP Trainer. I supervise junior doctors and medical students during clinical practice on a daily basis. I supervised three research BMedSci students in 2017 who all were awarded First Class degrees. Their projects looked at GP resilience, self-management of COPD in deprived communities and eating disorders. I have delivered whole year medical school lectures on health issues for BME groups and research methods. I am currently second supervisor for a Public Health masters student from ScHARR with my colleague Liz Such looking at the experiences of migrant women of primary care and a BMedSci student looking at social prescribing in Sheffield.

Professional Activities

Academic Lead and Co-Founder of ‘GPs at the Deep End Yorkshire and Humber’. With colleagues from Health Education England I set up this regional group in 2015 to tackle health inequalities through 4 themes: Workforce, Education, Advocacy and Research.

Chair of Deep End Clinical Research Cluster in Sheffield: A group of 9 practices from the most deprived areas of Sheffield have come together to work with academics on portfolio research. We have a pool of 61k patients from traditionally ‘hard to reach’ groups to recruit from.

Chair of Deep End Patient and Pubic Involvement Panel. In Autumn 2017 I have set up a patient group to discuss research projects and ideas with. We have had good feedback from patients evaluating their experience of the group and have more meetings planned for 2018.

Committees: I am Secretary of Sheffield and North Trent RCGP Faculty Board and was a RCGP Regional Ambassador from 2016-17. I am a member of Sheffield CCG Health Inequalities Steering Group, RCGP Health Inequalities Standing Group and Sheffield’s Health Equity and Inclusion Research Group led by Professor Sarah Salway. https://scharr.dept.shef.ac.uk/healthequity/. I have also recently joined the Sheffield NIHR Clinical Academic Working Group Committee.

Advisory Groups: I am an academic GP advisor for the Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature project led by Dr Anna Jorgensen and a maternal mental health systematic review led by Professor Hora Soltani.

Peer Review: I review papers for the British Journal of General Practice and BMC Family Practice. I have also reviewed NIHR Grant applications and been an external reviewer for project protocols. I also recently joined the GP NICE reference panel.

Projects and Grants

PhD NIHR In Practice Fellowship (salary costs) 2008-2010
The Effect of Deprivation on Triggers and Rates of Cardiology Outpatient Referrals from Sheffield General Practitioners. A Two Phase Study. http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/8435

  • 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 (salary costs) 2015-2019
Sheffield CCG Research Capability Fund. Identifying promising innovations to enhance equity and efficiency in care for new migrant populations. PI Liz Such, Co-Applicants Walton, Salway, Harris and Delaney. £22,659, 2015-2016. https://newmigrantsinprimarycare.wordpress.com/

Supporting new migrants in primary care. Funded by the Health Foundation Evidence Into Practice scheme. (PI Such, Co-applicants Salway, Walton, Doctors of the World UK and YooMee) £55,087. 2017-2018
Set up and running costs of ‘The Deep End Clinical Research Network Cluster Yorkshire and Humber’. Led and chaired by Walton. £16,600. 2017-2018.

NIHR Research Design Service Patient and Public Involvement Grant: To set up a Deep End PPI Panel. £500. PI Walton, Co-applicant Such.


Jackson B, Irvine H and Walton E. General practice and the Sustainability and Transformation imperatives. BJGP. Editorial May 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X690569

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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walton E () NIHR funding for Primary Care:In Practice and in Reality. Regional SAPC. Sheffield, 8 March 2011. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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. RIS download Bibtex download