Dr Ingrid Wolfe
Consultant in Paediatric Public Health, London Dr Ingrid Wolfe is a Consultant in Paediatric Public Health at Evelina London Children’s Healthcare, Guy’s and St. Thomas’, and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child Public Health at King’s College London. Ingrid has Swedish and American ancestry but has lived most of her life in England.
Ingrid qualified from University College London in 1997 and obtained her MRCPCH three years later. She became a Member of the Faculty of Public Health in 2006 and later a Fellow in 2012. Ingrid is Director of the Evelina London Child Health Partnership and Co-Chair of the British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health. Being qualified in both paediatrics and public health enables her to be a paediatrician in a very broad sense and lead the development and evaluation of a new model of children’s everyday healthcare in South London. Her academic work focuses on children’s health services, systems and policy in the UK and other European countries. One of her key research articles published in the Lancet showed that the UK has the highest number of excess child deaths among fifteen European countries. In what Ingrid describes as a “national scandal”, she regularly seeks opportunities to make both the public and the government aware of this. An avid social media user, she uses this medium to share examples of practice that could drive down this high death rate. She has learnt that in any challenge, personal or professional, to keep a clear sense of what you are doing and why. “Never waver,” she says. Ingrid’s best career decision was to follow her heart and pursue things that she found stimulating, often disregarding career guidance. She is most inspired by her husband, professionally, who works tirelessly to make the world a better place, and personally by her daughter who embodies hope for the future. Her personal and professional goal is to improve child health through strengthening and applying science in children’s health services, systems, and policy. It is this passion that led to her being named as one of the Health Service Journal’s top 50 Outstanding Leaders and role models who are driving change in the NHS in 2014. Two years later Ingrid was awarded an OBE for services to children’s healthcare. Ingrid is married, with one daughter, two dogs, a cat and several fish, all of whom live in London. * Favourite Film: Cinema Paradiso * Three objects Ingrid cannot live without: Book, Coffee, Lipstick
Ingrid’s advice to junior doctors is “Do what you find interesting, and your career will sort itself out.”
Medical Woman | Spring 2017
Published on Apr 26, 2017
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