Dr Fiona Sim is Medical Director for the NHS Cluster in Bedfordshire and Luton, and a part-time General Practitioner.
Her main professional and research interest is in building capacity and capability across all sectors, in order to deliver better health and to reduce health inequalities.
Fiona is Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and joint Editor of the international peer reviewed journal Public Health. She is a Board Member, UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists, has an honorary academic appointment at University College London, and is Visiting Professor at University of Bedfordshire. She is a part-time clinical research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Fitness to Practice Panellist and former team member for Quality Assurance in medical education for the UK General Medical Council. In addition to previous NHS posts as Director of Public Health and Trust Medical Director, she was formerly associate Postgraduate Dean for London and Head of Public Health Development at the Department of Health.
Dr Sim’s Presidential Address was entitled “Health system reform: is it good for our health?” She explained that public health physicians and their colleagues have developed useful models to look at outcomes of health service reform. Then she guided the Association through the complexities of the latest changes which would be taking effect in April 2013, and indicated why some of these might be a cause for concern.