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Dr Neil Singh

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Dr Neil Singh

Senior General Practice Teaching Fellow
E: N.Singh2@bsms.ac.uk
Location: Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH

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Biography

Dr Neil Singh studied medicine at the University of Cambridge, where he won the Cuthbert Prize in medical humanities. After initially working in hospital medicine as an Academic Trainee, then a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (working on stem cell biology), he realised his interests lay not at the level of molecules, but rather in the study of the health determinants of entire populations. 

He completed a Masters in Public Health at the American University of Beirut, as an NIH-funded SHARP Scholar. He is now proud to be a primary care physician working locally, with a particular clinical interest in caring for vulnerable groups. Neil is also a writer and his work on health has featured in The Independent, The New Statesman, and Open Democracy.

Teaching

Neil has taught at BSMS since 2015, and was appointed as a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in 2019. Through his teaching he strives to promote "Social Medicine": an approach to health centred on justice and rooted in the Alma Ata principles, which acknowledges and tackles the root causes of the problems that end up in our clinics. He aims to help students develop a population-approach to clinical practice, enriched by an understanding of the humanities. 

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Research

Following his Masters in Public Health, where he specialised in epidemiological and anthropological methodologies, he has been involved in research alongside his clinical practice. He has a keen interest in global health, social determinants of health, political economy, and health systems. He is developing an interest in social approaches to address health inequalities and to improve health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalised groups. 

Selected publications

Singh, N. 'An empire at home: the pitfalls of being brown in the NHS'. The Independent. Jan 2019

Singh, N., Jawad, M., Darzi, A., Lotfi, T., Nakkash, R., Hawkins, B., & Akl, E. A. (2018). Features of the waterpipe tobacco industry: A qualitative study of the third International Hookah Fair. F1000Research, 7.

Yassin, N., Afifi, R., Singh, N.V., Saad, R., & Ghandour, L. (2018). ‘There is zero regulation on the selling of alcohol’: The voice of the youth on the context and determinants of alcohol drinking in Lebanon. Qualitative Health Research. Jan 2018 ePub 1049732317750563.

Dewachi, O., Rizk, A., & Singh, N.V., (2017). (Dis)connectivities in wartime: The therapeutic geographies of Iraqi healthcare–seeking in Lebanon. Global Public Health, 13; 1-10.

Singh, N.V.§, Sibai, A.M.§, Jabbour, S., Saleh, S., Abdulrahim, S., Naja, F., & Yazbek, S. (2017). Does published research on non-communicable disease (NCD) in Arab countries reflect NCD disease burden?. PLOS One, 12(6), e0178401. (§ joint first author)

Singh, N. (2016). Clinical labor: Tissue donors and research subjects in the global bioeconomy, by Melinda Cooper and Catherine Waldby. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 1(1), i-vii. 

Singh, N. (2016) A seven-day NHS? Or does this government really want a zero-day NHS? Open Democracy, Feb 2016

Usta, J., & Singh, N. (2015). Domestic violence against women in war and armed conflicts. In the book: 'Overcoming domestic violence: creating a dialogue round vulnerable populations'. Nova Science, New York. (Book chapter)

Singh, N. (2015). Medicine and public health at the end of empire. Critical Public Health, 25; 505-507.

Singh, N. (2015). We junior doctors must strike—but for the right reasons. Open Democracy, Oct 2015