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Grant Reilly


29th October 2021


DHI Clinical Innovation Fellow recognised at the Faculty of Public Health Awards 2021

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre is delighted to share that our Clinical Innovation Fellow, Dr Kate Mark, was recently awarded the illustrious Littlejohn Gairdner Award for her outstanding contribution to public health in Scotland.

The FPH Annual Awards has a proud history of rewarding excellence, promoting and celebrating the contributions and achievements of members and the impact they have on improving the public's health.

The Littlejohn Gairdner Award is aimed at specialty registrars who are undertaking public health training in Scotland and have delivered a significant piece of substantive work that clearly contributes to learning outcomes.

Kate’s recognition stemmed from the article “Using innovation to develop digital tools for public health during the Covid-19 pandemic”, that she and two other DHI colleagues published –  and has featured in the European Medical Journal of Innovation.

This article was then followed by a reflective, thought leadership piece, by Kate, that focused on the positive impacts and opportunities that digital health and public health could offer each other should they strengthen their working relationship post Covid-19.

On Wednesday 13 October 2021 Kate was presented her Award by Julie Cavanagh, convenor of FPH in Scotland at the Faculty of Public Health Awards ceremony.

On receiving her award Dr Kate Mark, Clinical Innovation Fellow, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre commented:

“My experience at DHI gave me a real insight into the transformative power of digital health, and how to engage with people to ensure digital innovation is centred around the individual. This work demonstrates how Public Health can use innovation to develop a rapid response to a crisis through collaborating with other agencies. The relationships forged during this work will be long-lasting.”

Following her award presentation, at a date and venue to be confirmed, Kate will deliver the 2021 Littlejohn Gairdner memorial lecture, based on an aspect of the prize-winning work to the Annual Faculty of Public Health Scottish Conference.

Chief Executive of the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, Professor George Crooks OBE, said:

“It is very good to see that Kate has been recognised in this way by her peers in Scotland. The paper only demonstrated some of the commitment and dedication that Kate displayed in the early days of the pandemic when our health protection systems were severely challenged by the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Kate has demonstrated why it is important that we encourage and expose clinicians at all stages in their careers to engage with and understand the world of innovation and digital technologies and how it can safely and effectively support the delivery of clinical services.”

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