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 is a clinical supervisor for GP trainees at NHS England (London) and an educational supervisor for public health registrars at Public Health England (London). She is a professional appraiser on the London Revalidation Programme.
Catherine has 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.
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McGeown, H; Heffernan, C & Gibson K. 2018. Perspectives from CQC ‘outstanding’ practices: How to have good uptake of vaccination services. Practice Nursing 2018, Vol 29 (3):2-6. https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/10.12968/pnur...
Junghans, C; Lonergan, K; Heffernan, C & Gibson K.“Vaccinations not covered under Section 7a – Who Pays? British Journal of General Practice Feb 2018:92-93.
Heffernan, C.; Jones, L.; Ritchie, B.; Erens, B.; Chalabi, Z. & Mays, N. 2017. Local health and social 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).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
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 25: 90–102.
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