About Dr Cath

Dr Cath is the pseudonym for Dr. Catherine Heffernan who's been a registered Consultant in Public Health on the UK Public Health Register since 2009.   After 4 years as a consultant in children's public health and interim director of public health, since 2013 she's been the Principal Advisor for Commissioning Immunisations and Vaccination Servcies at Public Health England (London), advising the Director of Public Health Commissioning at NHS England (London).  She's also a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a fellow of the Royal Statiscial Society and holds an honorary senior clinical lectureship at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Catherine contributes to the training of public health registrars and GP trainees as a clinical superivisor and is about to become an educational supervisor for public health registrars. She's also been an expert committee member on NICE Quality Standards for Improving Vaccination Uptake in under 19s (2016) and a lay member/commissioner representative on NICE Guideline Committee for management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women.  


Since 2007, Catherine has also been a regular contributor on public health to the C'llr magazine, circluate to all councillors in the UK.  Her latest article can be found here. She has also written articles for Public Health Matters and Public Health Today.

She also writes a blog on being on the treadmill of work and motherhood at On the Mummy Wheel.


Interviews:

The Public Health Sociologist (2015)

From PHD to public health doctor (2010)


Recent Publications:

Heffernan, C.; Jones, L.; Ritchie, B.; Erens, B.; Chalabi, Z. & Mays, N. 2017.  Local health and soical care responses to implementing the national cold weather plan. Journal of Public Health.  (https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdx120/4160398/Local-health-and-social-care-responses-to).

Junghans, C; Lonergan, K; Heffernan, C & Gibson K.“Vaccinations not covered under Section 7a – Who Pays? British Journal of General Practice (forthcoming)

Winslade C.; Heffernan, C. & Atchison C. 2017. Experiences and perspectives of mothers of the pertussis vaccination programme in London. Public Health Vol 146, 10-14.

Hajat, S; Zaid, C; Wilkinson, P; Erens, B; Jones, L; Ritchie, B; Heffernan C; Elam, G & Mays N.  "Assessment of the implementation of the Cold Weather Plan for England".  Lancet, Volume 382: S39

Evaluation of the implementation and health-related impacts of the Cold Weather Plan for England 2012 Final report. PIRU publication, 2014.

Fellmeth, G.; Heffernan, C.; Nurse, J.; Habibula, S. & Sethi, D. 2014. "Educational and skills-based interventions for preventing relationship and dating violence in adolescents and young people ", Journal of Research of Social Work Practice (forthcoming).

Fellmeth, G.; Heffernan, C.; Nurse, J.; Habibula, S. & Sethi, D. 2013. "Educational and skills-based interventions for preventing relationship and dating violence in adolescents and young people ", The Cochrane Library, June 2013


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