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Dr Kate Walters
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care
University College London

I started my academic career with an academic training fellow post for newly qualified GPs at University College London (UCL) and have stayed at UCL in a variety of roles ever since. My career progressed initially in Medical Education as a Clinical Lecturer in Community Based Teaching, with a particular interest in Primary Care Mental Health. During this time I co-authored a book on teaching, completed a Masters in Medical Education and developed an interest in educational research. This led to 'switching camps' to research and I was awarded an MRC Research Training Fellowship in Health Services Research. During this fellowship I gained an MSc in Epidemiology and conducted a cohort study on Mixed Anxiety and Depressive Disorder in primary care, which formed the basis for my PhD.

From there I became a NIHR (Walport) Clinical Lecturer and shortly after was promoted to Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care & Epidemiology at UCL. In this post I have been working on a number of epidemiological studies using primary care databases (GPRD and THIN), qualitative studies and RCTs of complex interventions in primary care as part of PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit. My main research interests are in disease risk/prevention, mental health, older people and health inequalities. I have maintained an interest in medical education and teaching undergraduates and postgraduates at UCL.

Throughout my career I have continued to work part-time as a General Practitioner in North London.

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