Dr Gemma Ashwell

Dr Gemma Ashwell


I joined the Academic Unit of Primary Care at the University of Leeds as a Clinical Teaching Fellow in 2017. I co-lead the Individuals and Populations course and teach on the Primary Care modules in years 3 and 4. 

In 2022 I have started a funded Clinical PhD Fellowship researching the role of digital education in developing empathy, compassion and social responsibility in undergraduate medical education. 

My main academic interests are in medical education, digital education, health inequalities and inclusion health.

I work as a General Practitioner and Trainer at a practice in central Bradford where we provide primary care for those experiencing homelessness, asylum seekers, refugees and women involved in prostitution. I’m the clinical lead of the Bradford Respite and Intermediate Care Support Services, an intermediate care facility for people experiencing homelessness and significant physcial health problems. I am a member of the RCGP Health Inequalities Standing Group and a Trustee of the charity Fairhealth. 



  • Co-lead Individual and Populations year 2

Research interests


Medical students’ experiences of health inequalities and inclusion health education.

Dixon. H, Povall. A, Ledger.A, Ashwell.G.  (2021)

The Clinical Teacher: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tct.13388


General Practice post-COVID-19: time to put equity at the heart of health systems?

Ashwell. G, Blane. D, Lunan. C, Matheson.J. (2020)

British Journal of General Practice: https://bjgp.org/content/70/697/400


Women involved in prostitution and COVID-19: How can we help?

Ashwell. G. (2020)

British Journal of General Practice Life: https://bjgplife.com/2020/04/08/women-involved-in-prostitution-and-covid-19-how-can-we-help/


Street Medics: An innnovative learning opportunity for UK medical students in a primary care outreach setting. 

Walsh.D, Ashwell.G, Traviss-Turner. G, Briscoe. R, Stroud.L. (2019) 

Education for Primary Care: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/KMN2T26SGG7HV3TRUDG5/full?target=10.1080/14739879.2019.1700830


Healthcare for those experiencing homelessness


Chapter in edited book - Tackling Causes and Consequences of Health Inequalities: A Practical Guide for clinicians. 2019. Taylor Frances.


The role of primary care in reducing healthcare inequalities

G.K. Ashwell

Chapter contributed to SAPC/RCGP Teaching General Practice resource set. 2019.


Homeless Healthcare

G.K Ashwell and L.Chiddick

Fairhealth, 2019.



Trainees’ tales of less than full time training

R.Topley, G.K.Ashwell, J. Webb, A Brightwell, R. Roden, O.J. Corrado

British Medical Journal, 2012 August 345:1-50 No 7871.


The use of antipsychotics in patients with dementia

G.K. Ashwell.

Foundation Years Journal, 2010 September 4(8):28–32.


Autism and Aspergers Syndrome


Innovait, 2009, volume 2, issue 11 page 651-656


Audit of influenza vaccination in primary care

G.K Ashwell, A. A Aslam, J. L Griffin, K. Horsnell, N. Rashid, and N. Shahzad

British Journal of General Practice, 2006 June 1; 56(527): 461



Street Medics: An innovative learning opportunity for medical students in a primary care outreach setting

G.K Ashwell, D. Walsh

Society for Academic Primary Care Conference 2019


Values at the centre of care: changing lives for the most excluded

G. Rowlands and G. K. Ashwell

Key note presentation at the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health annual conference, 2019


Homelessness and Health: Innovations in primary care

J. Shacklock, D. Saeedi, G. Ashwell  

RCGP Annual Conference 2018


Caring for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Gemma Ashwell, Mary Jeomba

Deprivation Health Study Day 2017


Female Genital Mutilation and Safeguarding the Female Child

Safeguarding Day, Bradford Teaching Hospital Trust

Gemma Ashwell, Rebecca North


A new model of integrated primary care initiatives for the homeless

G.K. Ashwell, A. Smith

Oral Presentation at the RCGP Annual Conference 2015


Involving GP speciality trainees in teaching and learning: development of visiting lecturer posts.

J.Kirby, G.K. Ashwell, K. Baldwin

Oral presentation at the RCGP Annual Conference 2013


  • MBChB (Hons)
  • BSc International Health (Hons)
  • PGC Primary Care Ed (Distinction)
  • DCH

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Student education

My teaching role in the School of Medicine is principally co-leading the population health module as well as teaching Primary Care in years 3 amd 4. I am involved in supervising research projects with Intercalated Medical Education BSc students and year 4/5 Extended Research Projects. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health