Professor Kate Jolly MBChB, MSc, PhD, FFPH

Professor Kate Jolly

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Public Health and Primary Care

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Kate Jolly is a Professor of Public Health and Primary Care.

Her main research interests are on the prevention and management of important non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory conditions; behaviour change to reduce obesity and increase physical activity and maternal and child health.


  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health 2018
  • PhD in Public Health 2008
  • Membership of the Faculty of Public Health 1998
  • MSc in Public Health Medicine 1992
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners 1990
  • MBChB 1986


Kate Jolly qualified in medicine from Bristol University in 1986. She firstly trained in general practice, then in public health medicine. Her academic training took place at the Universities of Southampton and Birmingham. Kate completed her training in public health in 1999 and became a senior lecturer in 2004. In 2011 she took on the role of clinical lead for public health in the School of Health and Population Sciences and was promoted to chair in 2012. 


Postgraduate supervision

Kate is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Behavioural change programmes for rehabilitation and self-management of long-term conditions, and primary prevention of disease in the whole population and minority ethnic groups
  • Evaluation of lay or peer support or home-based interventions.
  • Interventions to support breastfeeding. 


Maternal and child health

Work in this field has involved the use of high quality study designs to evaluate service innovations in maternity and child health services. Completed studies include:

  • A randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a pregnancy outreach worker service to see whether it improves antenatal care engagement, psychological health and infant outcomes of multi-ethnic women with social risk.
  • An RCT of the effectiveness of physical activity for reducing postnatal depression.
  •  An RCT trial of preventing obesity in pregnancy (POPS).
  • An RCT of a breastfeeding peer support service on breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates (HoBBIT).
  • Systematic reviews on the effects of peer support on breastfeeding peer support and the effectiveness and safety of interventions to limit weight gain in overweight and obese pregnant women.

Population-based behaviour change

Completed trials include:

  • Self-management for COPD in primary care: RCT of telephone coaching for people with mildly symptomatic COPD.
  • Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure. (Led by Professors Rod Taylor and Hayes Dalal, University of Exeter and Royal Cornwall Hospital - NIHR Programme Grant)
  • RCT evaluating the effectiveness of a range of commercial and NHS provided weight management

Other activities

  • Honorary clinical contract held with Public Health England.


Recent publications


Dickens, AP, Gale, N, Adab, P, Cheng, KK, Chi, C, Correia de Sousa, J, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze , M, Maglakelidze, T, Martins, SM, Pan, Z, Sitch, A, Stavrikj, K, Turner, A, Williams, S & Jordan, RE 2024, 'Development and application of a rapid research prioritisation process for identifying health research priorities in low- and middle-income countries: the RAPID-RP stakeholder analysis', Global Health Research.

Williams, NH, Collins, B, Comerford, TJ, Dodd, S, Fisher, M, Hardwick, B, Hennessy, S, Jolly, K, Jones, I, Lane, D, Lip, GYH, Morgan, E, Ralph, P, Thijssen, D & Singh, SJ 2024, 'Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a web-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for people with chronic stable angina: protocol for the ACTIVATE (Angina Controlled Trial Investigating the Value of the 'Activate your heart' Therapeutic E-intervention) randomised controlled trial', BMJ open, vol. 14, no. 3, e084509.

Fernandes, G, Williams, S, Adab, P, Gale, N, de Jong, C, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Cheng, KK, Chi, C, Cooper, BG, Dickens, AP, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze, M, Maghlakelidze, T, Martins, S, Sitch, A, Stamenova, A, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach, R, Turner, A, Pan, Z, Pang, H, Zhang, J & Jordan, RE 2024, 'Engaging stakeholders to level up COPD care in LMICs: lessons learned from the "Breathe Well" programme in Brazil, China, Georgia, and North Macedonia', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 24, no. 1, 66.

Damery, S, Jones, J, Idris, E, Cooper, A, Minshall, H, Clowes, C & Jolly, K 2024, 'Mixed-methods evaluation of an enhanced asthma biologics clinical pathway in the West Midlands UK', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 34, 7 .

Simpson, SA, Evans, RA, Gilbert, HR, Branson, A, Barber, S, McIntosh, E, Ahmed, Z, Dean, SG, Doherty, PJ, Gardiner, N, Greaves, C, Daw, P, Ibbotson, T, Jani, B, Jolly, K, Mair, F, Ormandy, P, Smith, S, Taylor, R & Singh, SJ 2024, 'Personalised Exercise-Rehabilitation FOR people with Multiple long-term conditions (PERFORM): protocol for a randomised feasibility trial', BMJ open, vol. 14, no. 4, e083255.

Watson, JS, Jordan, RE, Gardiner, L, Adab, P & Jolly, K 2023, 'A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Referral; Adherence; and Uptake of Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease', International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vol. 18, pp. 1637-1654.

Stathi, A, Withall, J, Crone, D, Hawley-Hague, H, Playle, R, Frew, E, Fenton, S, Hillsdon, M, Pugh, C, Todd, C, Jolly, K, Cavill, N, Western, M, Roche, S, Kirby, N, Boulton, E, Thompson, J, Chatwin, K, Davies, A, Szekeres, Z & Greaves, C 2023, 'A peer-volunteer led active ageing programme to prevent decline in physical function in older people at risk of mobility disability (Active, Connected, Engaged [ACE]): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol. 24, no. 1, 772.

Madurasinghe, VW, Knapp, P, Eldridge, S, Collier, D, Treweek, S, Rick, J, Graffy, J, Parker, A, Salisbury, C, Torgerson, D, Jolly, K, Sidhu, MS, Fife-Schaw, C, Hull, MA, Sprange, K, Brettell, E, Bhandari, S, Montgomery, A & Bower, P 2023, 'Can we achieve better trial recruitment by presenting patient information through multimedia? Meta-analysis of 'studies within a trial' (SWATs)', BMC medicine, vol. 21, no. 1, 425.

Clarke, J, Dombrowski, SU, Gkini, E, Hoddinott, P, Ingram, J, MacArthur, C, Moss, N, Ocansey, L, Roberts, T, Thomson, G, Sanders, J, Sitch, AJ, Stubbs, C, Taylor, B, Tearne, S, Woolley, R & Jolly, K 2023, 'Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Assets-based feeding help Before and After birth (ABA-feed) for improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation: protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial (Version 3.0)', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 11, e075460.

McDonagh, S, Dalal, HM, Moore, S, Clark, C, Dean, S, Jolly, K, Cowie, A, Afzal, J & Taylor, RS 2023, 'Home-based versus centre-based cardiac rehabilitation', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 10, CD007130.

Goulart, AC, Varella, AC, Gooden, TE, Lip, GYH, Jolly, K, Thomas, GN, Lotufo, PA, Greenfield, S, Olmos, RD, Bensenor, IM, Manaseki-Holland, S & NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management 2023, 'Identifying and understanding the care pathway of patients with atrial fibrillation in Brazil and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed-methods study', PLOS One, vol. 18, no. 10, e0292463.

Jones, LL, Costello, BD, Danks, E, Jolly, K, Cross‐Sudworth, F, Byrne, A, Fassam‐Wright, M, Latthe, P, Clarke, J, Adbi, A, Abdi, H, Abdi, H & Taylor, J 2023, 'Preferences for deinfibulation (opening) surgery and female genital mutilation service provision: a qualitative study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, vol. 130, no. 5, pp. 531-540.

Krouwel, M, Greenfield, SM, Chalkley, A, Sanders, JP, Parretti, HM, Gokal, K, Jolly, K, Skrybant, M, Biddle, SJH, Greaves, C, Maddison, R, Mutrie, N, Ives, N, Esliger, DW, Sherar, L, Edwardson, CL, Yates, T, Frew, E, Tearne, S, Daley, AJ & Kwaghe, AV (ed.) 2023, 'Promoting participation in physical activity through Snacktivity: A qualitative mixed methods study', PLOS One, vol. 18, no. 9, e0291040.

Prevention Workplace Collaboration West Midlands 2023, 'Protocol for a cluster randomised waitlist-controlled trial of a goal-based behaviour change intervention for employees in workplaces enrolled in health and wellbeing initiatives', PLoS ONE, vol. 18, no. 9, e0282848.

Review article

Grey, E, Griffin, T, Jolly, K, Pallan, M, Parretti, H, Retzer, A & Gillison, F 2023, 'Extended brief interventions for weight management and obesity prevention in children: a rapid evidence review', Obesity Reviews.

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