Dr Helen Atherton

Associate Professor of Primary Care Research
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Currently, Helen is Associate Professor of Primary Care Research and Digital Health Lead at the Unit of Academic Primary Care, Warwick Medical School. Her expertise is in the use of digital routes of access to general practice, and alternatives to the face-to-face consultation, such as email and video. Her professional roles include membership of the NHS England Primary Care Digital Transformation Advisory Board and she advises professional bodies and NHS organisations on the evidence-based use of digital consultations in general practice. Helen is an associate editor for the journal ‘Digital Health’ and sits on the Royal College of General Practitioners' Scientific Foundation Board. She leads studies that focus on how digital technologies impact on patients and healthcare professionals in general practice settings. Whilst using mixed method approaches, her particular expertise is in qualitative and review methodology.

Helen is a health services researcher and her career has been exclusively in primary care research. Before joining the Unit of Academic Primary Care at Warwick in November 2015, she was an NIHR School for Primary Care Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where she established her post-doctoral research programme. Prior to that Helen completed a PhD in Primary Care Health Services Research at Imperial College London. Her first research post in 2005 was at St George's, University of London. She has a Master of Public Health (Imperial College), an MSc in Biological Anthropology, and a BSc in Ecology (University of Durham).