Professor Kate Jolly MBChB, MSc, PhD, FFPH

Professor Kate Jolly

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Public Health and Primary Care
Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Research

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


Dalal, HM, Taylor, RS, Wingham, J, Greaves, CJ, Jolly, K, Lang, CC, Davis, RC, Smith, KM, Doherty, PJ, Miles, J, Lingen, RV, Warren, FC, Sadler, S, Abraham, C, Britten, N, Frost, J, Hillsdon, M, Singh, S, Hayward, C, Eyre, V & Paul, K 2021, 'A facilitated home-based cardiac rehabilitation intervention for people with heart failure and their caregivers: a research programme including the REACH-HF RCT', Programme Grants for Applied Research, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-134.

Pan, Z, Dickens, A, Chi, C, Kong, X, Enocson, A, Cooper, B, Adab, P, Cheng, KK, Sitch, A, Jowett, S, Adams, R, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Farley, A, Gale, N, Jolly, K, Maglakelidze , M, Maglakelidze , T, Martins , S, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach , R, Turner, A, Williams, S & Jordan, R 2021, 'Accuracy and cost-effectiveness of different screening strategies for identifying undiagnosed COPD among primary care patients (≥40 years) in China: a cross-sectional screening test accuracy study. Findings from the Breathe Well group', BMJ open.

Cavero-Redondo, I, Deeks, JJ, Alvarez-Bueno, C, Jolly, K, Saz-Lara, A, Price, M, Pascual-Morena, C & Martínez-Vizcaíno, V 2021, 'Comparative effect of physical exercise versus statins on improving arterial stiffness in patients with high cardiometabolic risk: a network meta-analysis', PLoS Medicine, vol. 18, no. 2, e1003543.

Alvarez-Bueno, C, Deeks, J, Cavero-Redondo, I, Jolly, K, Torres-Costoso, AI, Price, M, Fernandez-Rodriguez, R & Martínez-Vizcaíno, V 2021, 'Effect of exercise on motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a network meta-analysis', Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Daley, A, Jolly, K, Ives, N, Jebb, SA, Tearne, S, Greenfield, S, Yardley, L, Little, P, Tyldesley-Marshall, N, Bensoussane, H, Pritchett, R, Frew, E & Parretti, H 2021, 'Feasibility and acceptability of a brief routine weight management intervention for postnatal women embedded within the national child immunisation programme in primary care: randomised controlled cluster feasibility trial with a nested qualitative study', Health Technology Assessment, vol. 25, no. 49, pp. 1-162.

Gooden, TE, Gardner, M, Wang, J, Jolly, K, Lane, DA, Benjamin, LA, Mwandumba, HC, Kandoole, V, Lwanga, IB, Taylor, S, Manaseki-Holland, S, Lip, GYH, Nirantharakumar, K & Thomas, GN 2021, 'Incidence of cardiometabolic diseases in people living with and without HIV in the UK: a population-based matched cohort study', The Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 2021, pp. 1-30.

Daley, AJ, Jolly, K, Ives, N, Jebb, SA, Tearne, S, Greenfield, SM, Yardley, L, Little, P, Tyldesley-Marshall, N, Bensoussane, H, Pritchett, RV, Frew, E & Parretti, HM 2021, 'Practice nurse-supported weight self-management delivered within the national child immunisation programme for postnatal women: a feasibility cluster RCT', Health Technology Assessment, vol. 25, no. 49, pp. VII-122.

Smith, KM, Lang, CC, Wingham, J, Frost, J, Greaves, C, Abraham, C, Warren, FC, Coyle, J, Jolly, K, Miles , J, Paul, K, Doherty, PJ, Davies, R, Dalal, HM & taylor, RS 2021, 'Process evaluation of a randomised pilot trial of home-based rehabilitation compared to usual care in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and their caregiver’s', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, 11 .

Damery, S, Jones, J, Francischetto, EOC, Jolly, K, Lilford, R & Ferguson, J 2021, 'Remote Consultations Versus Standard Face-to-Face Appointments for Liver Transplant Patients in Routine Hospital Care: Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial of myVideoClinic', Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Eshelby , V, Sogut, M, Jolly, K, Vlaev, I & Elliott , MT 2021, 'Stay home and stay active? the impact of stay-at-home restrictions on physical activity in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic', Journal of Sports Sciences.

Krouwel, M, Farley, A, Greenfield, S, Ismail, T & Jolly, K 2021, 'Systematic review, meta-analysis with subgroup analysis of hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, effect of intervention characteristics', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 57, 102672.

Damery, S, Flanagan, S, Jones, J & Jolly, K 2021, 'The effect of providing staff training and enhanced support to care homes on care processes, safety climate and avoidable harms: evaluation of a care home quality improvement programme in England', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 14, 7581.,

Tyldesley-Marshall, N, Greenfield, S, Parretti, H, Jolly, K, Jebb, S & Daley, A 2021, 'The experiences of postnatal women and healthcare professionals of a brief weight management intervention embedded within the national child immunisation programme', BMC pregnancy and childbirth, vol. 21, 462.

Jones, L, Danks, E, Costello, B, Jolly, K, Cross-Sudworth, F, Latthe, P, Fassam-Wright, M, Clarke, J, Byrne, A & Taylor, J 2021, 'Views of female genital mutilation survivors, men and healthcare professionals on timing of deinfibulation surgery and NHS service provision: qualitative FGM Sister Study', Health Technology Assessment. <>

Taylor, A, Taylor, RS, Ingram, W, Dean, SG, Jolly, K, Mutrie, N, Lambert, J, Yardley, L, Streeter, A, Greaves, C, McAdam, C, Price, L, Anokye, NK & Campbell, J 2020, 'A randomised controlled trial of an augmented exercise referral scheme using web-based behavioural support for inactive adults with chronic health conditions: the e-coachER tria', British Journal of Sports Medicine. 1136/ bjsports- 2020- 103121

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