Elaine Kidney

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Elaine Kidney is a research fellow with a strong interest in improving public health. She is currently working on a feasibility study of using electronic software to flag up patients with existing symptoms of colorectal cancer for GPs.

Elaine has expertise in evidence synthesis and dissemination, especially around maternal and infant health


  • MPH 2010
  • MSc 1998
  • BSc 1977


Elaine initially studied microbiology at Bristol and then worked in the brewing industry in R&D and quality control.

During a career break to bring up children, Elaine was a member of a community Health council, a local councillor, school governor, secretary and line manager for a charity and studied part time for an MSc.

Elaine joined Birmingham University in 2002, working in research within primary care and in evidence synthesis and dissemination in maternity services and gained a masters in public health in 2010.

She is currently her Health and Population Science’s environmental co-ordinator.


  • Early detection of colorectal cancer
  • Maternal and infant health
  • Implementing best evidence


Kidney E, Jolly K, Kenyon S. Does the level of evidence underpinning NICE recommendations influence adoption into trust maternity guidelines? Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2011; 96

Kidney E, Winter HR, Khan KS, Gulmezoglu AM, Meads CA, Deeks JJ et al. Systematic review of effect of community-level interventions to reduce maternal mortality. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009; 9. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-9-2.

MacArthur C, winter,H, Kidney E. Maternal public health. Ph.com 2007:March 12 http://www.fph.org.uk/uploads/phcom_march07.pdf

Kidney E, MacArhur C, Winter H, Rudge G. Maternity Services in the West Midlands, ch 12 in West Midlands Key Health data 2006/7; 2007

Kidney E, Roberts L, Swancutt D and Wilson S, on behalf of the Birmingham Elderly Thyroid Study and McManus R, Hobbs R, on behalf of the Midlands Research Practice Consortium Partnership working: the involvement of research networks and practice feedback in primary care research; 2004 UK Federation of Primary Care Networks.