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 year 2 course and teach Primary Care in years 3 and 4. My main academic interests are in medical education, social justice and health inequalities.

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 am the clinical lead of the Bradford Street Medicine Team, which takes healthcare out to homeless people where they are in the city. I also work for Freedom From Torture writing medico-legal reports for victims of torture.



  • Co-lead Individual and Populations year 2

Research interests


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




Street Medics: An innovative learning opportunity for UK medical students in a primary are 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


  • MBChB
  • BSc International Health
  • PGC Primary Care Ed
  • 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 I&P year 2 and years 3 amd 4 Primary Care. I am also involved in teaching Intercalated BSc students, physicians associates and dental students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences