Pathway Fellows

The Pathway Fellows are a group of like-minded individuals who are either engaged in a formal funded inclusion health related research program, or who are developing inclusion health related interventions which have the potential to have a system-wide impact.

Pathway Fellows are formally linked to Pathway via a grant, or informally linked through specialist interest.


MENTAL HEALTH – Dr Phil Timms, Consultant Psychiatrist (retired), SLaM

Dr Phil Timms

Dr Phil Timms is a retired community psychiatrist working with homeless people. He developed a training package for doctors based on the Maudsley “Compliance Therapy” intervention, and is chair of the editorial board for the Public Education Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Phil led the START team in South London for many years and is one of the UK’s leading specialist homeless psychiatrists.

Phil is a volunteer, supporting the Faculty’s mental health special interest group, and developing our links with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

MENTAL HEALTH – John Conolly, Psychotherapist and Lead Practitioner, Westminster Homeless Health Service

John Conolly has been a Lead Counsellor with the Westminster Homeless Health Counselling Service since 2009, where he developed a special interest in Personality Disorder. He is the founding chair of the ‘Westminster Complex Personalities Network’ and is a UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Lacanian Analyst.

John is working with Pathway to develop a short training module on ‘trauma informed communications skills’ for front-line non mental health professionals. The work is funded by a small grant from The Grocers’ Company.

John’s NHS Trust (CNWL) have agreed to allow him time to work with Pathway to develop the module. An pilot sessions are currently taking place. John has also been invited to develop further thinking for Camden and Islington CCGs about how to commission better homeless mental health support services.

CLINICAL RESEARCH – FRAILTY – Dr Rafi Rogans-Watson, Elderly care registrar

Dr Rafi Rogans-Watson

Dr Rafi Rogans-Watson is a specialist registrar in geriatrics. He is a volunteer two/three days a week for Pathway, exploring the benefits of standard frailty assessments for complex needs/homeless adults.

SENIOR CLINICAL RESEARCH – END OF LIFE CARE – Dr Caroline Shulman, End of Life Care Researcher and GP Kings Pathway team

Dr Caroline Shulman, Pathway Fellow

Dr Caroline Shulman is the Lead GP for the King’s College Hospital Pathway team. She was previously a GP within a specialist homelessness practice, and was a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, addressing malaria and maternal health in Africa.

Caroline was the Principal Investigator, and project leader on Pathway’s End of Life care project in partnership with Dr Megan Armstrong and Dr Briony Hudson.

Caroline’s initial end of life care research was fully funded for three years, by the Oak Foundation. This work explored the challenges in current provision, and brought together homeless people, experts by experience, hostel and day centre staff and healthcare providers to identify potential solutions. Research funding was renewed for two further years in autumn 2018 for Palliative Care Training.

CLINICAL RESEARCH – END OF LIFE CARE – Dr Megan Armstrong, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Megan Armstrong is a research associate with Pathway, and the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, Division of Psychiatry UCL. Megan is a research clinical psychologist with significant qualitative experience and a background in end of life and ageing research.

Megan is employed by Pathway full time on the advanced care planning/palliative care planning project, based in the Marie Curie/UCL Division of Psychiatry.


Dr Zana Khan is the Lead GP for GSTT and SLaM Hospital Pathway teams. She has worked with Pathway since 2014. Zana continues to work in homeless and mainstream General Practice in Hertfordshire, teaching at King’s College and UCL Undergraduate Medical Schools, and as a GP appraiser in London and Hertfordshire.

Before joining the KHP Pathway Homeless Team, Zana worked as an inner-city GP in South East London both in practice and Urgent Care, was a Foundation Trainee Clinical Supervisor and as a Clinical Editor for the BMJ.

As a Clinical Fellow for Pathway, Zana is developing online learning and postgraduate education in Homeless and Inclusion Health with UCL. She was appointed an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL in October 2017 and at the same time reduced her clinical hours to focus on research, publications and education in the field of Homeless and Inclusion Health.  She lectures at conferences and teaches GPs, trainee GPs and junior doctors on Homeless and Inclusion Health as part of their running educational programmes. Zana has been awarded funding for a PhD, based in the new UCL CCIH on GP education in inclusion health. She is also a member of the Faculty Education Committee.

EDUCATION – Dr Chris Sargeant, GP Brighton Pathway Team and ARCH

Chris Sargeant

Dr Chris Sargeant is a GP with special interests in Primary Care substance misuse treatment, inclusion health and health education. He has been the GP lead for the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Pathway Team since it began 2012.

He was previously the Lead GP at Brighton Homeless Healthcare (formerly Morley Street Surgery), which he founded as the city’s first primary care service for excluded patients.

Chris is a part-time Senior Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School Division of Medical Education where he teaches undergraduates and postgraduates on inclusion health issues. He also leads Pathway’s education work, developing materials for professional development and Masters level courses.

Chris chairs the Faculty’s Education Committee and leads on Faculty CPD training days in Brighton. Chris also has a leading role on Pathway’s social franchise project. He will also be the academic clinical supervisor for UCL students undertaking their SSC with Pathway.

CLINICAL RESEARCH PUBLIC HEALTH – Serena Luchenski, academic Researcher and Consultant in Public Health

Serena Lechenski

Serena Luchenski is a Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Public Health at UCL. Her research interests applied public health research, working with people with experiences of extreme inequality such as homelessness, imprisonment, drug addiction and sex work.

An epidemiologist & Consultant in Public Health working with Prof Andrew Hayward, at the Farr Institute, UCL, Serena has been funded for three years by the NIHR Fellowship to do PhD on opportunistic public health interventions for homeless people in hospital. Her grant includes funded time allocated to support Pathway.

Serena also supports the MSc module at UCL, working with Sam Dorney-Smith on data standards questions. Shs also has a liaison role between Pathway and UCL’s Collaborative Centre on Inclusion Health.

NURSING, EDUCATION, DATA and DIGITAL – Samantha Dorney-Smith, Senior Nurse, Specialist Practitioner and Nurse Prescriber

Sam Dorney-Smith

Sam Dorney-Smith is a Registered Nurse (Adult Branch), . She has over a decade of experience in inclusion health, working as a Nurse Practitioner, Practice Development Nurse and Team Leader.

In 2005 she undertook a pilot of the Community Matron model with homeless patients, before going on to deliver the Lambeth Homeless Intermediate Care Pilot Project in 2009.

Sam set up the Kings Health Partners Pathway Homeless Team, the largest team of its kind in the UK, working across 3 NHS Trusts.

Sam has been heavily involved in the London Network of Nurses and Midwives, chairing the group from 2006-2008. Sam has a postgraduate research diploma, has published several journal articles and sat on numerous homeless health related steering groups. She was previously seconded to the Department of Health to work on homelessness issues.

Sam’s current key areas of work include pan London data sharing, homeless medical respite, service improvement, training and development.

ORAL HEALTH – Dr Janine Doughty, academic Dentist

Dr Janine Doughty is an academic Clinical Fellow in Special Care Dentistry at Eastman Dental Hospital. She has been fully research funded with a Doctoral Research Fellowship by the NIHR to develop a plan for outreach oral health for homeless people using dental trainees.  Janine graduated from the University of Bristol in 2010 and has pursued a varied career in general dental practice, hospital dentistry and special care dentistry.

Janine plays a vital role in the Crisis at Christmas Dental Service; and heads the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health’s Dental group, which included organising Pathway’s first national Inclusion Health Dentistry conference in 2018.


Dr Lucy Potter

Dr Lucy Potter is an academic GP in Bristol supported by an NIHR in-practice fellowship. She runs an outreach clinic for street sex working women as part of the Homeless Health Service and has an academic background in domestic violence and health.

Lucy is conducting a national survey asking those who work with street sex workers for their insights on healthcare access and provision for this group and is facilitating a co-production project with street sex workers in Bristol to develop primary care services to better meet their needs.

CLINICAL RESEARCH – NEEDS ASSESSMENT – Dr Susan Rutherford, GP and Homeless Night Shelter Founder

Dr Susan Rutherford is a GP based in Leamington Spa. She will spend the next 12 months working leading on our Pathway needs assessment across Warwickshire.

Earlier in her training, Susan spent time with the Pathway team at UCLH. Whilst a trainee medic she set up and ran a charitable night shelter, the Leamington Winter Support (LWS) Night Shelter. Susan still volunteers at the shelter in her spare time.

CLINICAL RESEARCH – NEEDS ASSESSMENT – Drs. Eleanor Coote and Rachel Burge

Drs. Eleanor Coote and Rachel Burge have both been appointed as South London Deanery funded Population Health Fellows. They are both newly qualified doctors. They are funded for six and 12 months to review all aspects of inclusion health provision and need across the London Borough of Croydon.

During their period of  research work they will lead on a Pathway needs assessment for Croydon.

CLINICAL RESEARCH- PHYSICAL HEALTH- Jo Dawes, Physiotherapist and Public Health Research Fellow

Jo Dawes is an NIHR School of Public Health research fellow based with the Centre for Inclusion Health at UCL. She initially trained as a physiotherapist in Scotland and worked for many years in NHS Homeless Health Services, Hunter Street, Glasgow.

Prior to taking up her public health fellowship, Jo worked at St George’s, University of London as a lecturer in physiotherapy. Throughout her career, Jo has maintained an interest in homelessness and excluded populations, with her research focusing on the physical health needs of people experiencing homelessness and their access to services such as physiotherapy. She is also interested in the role of physical activity for health gain amongst marginalised communities. Jo contributes to the work of the homelessness charity Crisis, having developed a physiotherapy service, which runs during ‘Crisis at Christmas’.