Jennifer’s background in medical investigation lies in mental health, general practice and surgery. She is a former CQC Mental Health Act Commissioner (inspector), a Royal College of GPs Quality Assessor, GP Performance Assessor for an LLP, and originally a lay assessor for the Quality Outcomes Framework in primary care. She is currently Lay Assessor to the Royal College of Surgeons Invited Review Mechanism.
Outside investigation, Jennifer works in mental health law chairing an NHS Mental Health Act (MHA) Appeals Panel hearing appeals against detention under the MHA.
Her other primary role is in health research policy where she is the Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Strategic Co-Lead for three Government policy research units. She sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science. Her current work for the Quality and Safety Outcomes Policy Research Unit includes advising on the examination of the mechanisms to deal with medical negligence cases in England.
Jennifer is the Chair of the Public Advisory Group and the Ethics Lead for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service London. She is a former Vice Chair of an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC) and current Co-Chair and training lead for a global REC (Save the Children). She sits on the Board of the NIHR School of Public Health Research and the International Strategic Advisory Board of the Cambridge University Public Health and Global Public Health research units where she is also PPI Lead and Chair of the WM Public Advisory Group. She is a member of the NIHR Covid College of Experts. She is also member of the Artificial Intelligence for Multiple Long-term Conditions Steering Group with the Chief Medical Officer Chris Witty. She is a former member of the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Confidential Enquiries.
Academically Jennifer is a former Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Scholar and currently holds honorary contracts with the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Kent, and King’s College London (KCL) where she is an independent visiting lecturer to the KCL Medical School teaching psychiatric ethics.
Her health research academic outputs include co-authorship in 2018-2021 in the BMJ, The Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine. She is currently an Editorial Board member for the Wiley journal Health Expectations.