Dr Annette Wood MB BCh, MEd, FFPH, MRCGP, DRCOG

Dr Annette Wood

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Contact details

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

 Dr Annette Wood is a Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Institute of Applied Health Research.

Annette Wood joined the University of Birmingham in 2011 when she was appointed as Director of the MPH programme and Senior Clinical Lecturer.  In 2014, she moved to her previous part time post as Medical Advisor to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Horizon Scanning Centre (HSC) until 2017,  a research programme which aims to provide policy-makers with advance notice of selected new and emerging health technologies that might require evaluation, consideration of clinical and cost impact, or modification of clinical guidance prior to launch on the NHS. Her role involves the assessment of medical technologies and input into HSC reviews.

She also works part time as a Consultant Screening and Immunisation Lead at Public Health England. She is an Examiner and Examination Logistics Lead for the Faculty of Public Health, an appraiser for Public Health England and an assessor for the national Public Health recruitment programme.

Annette trained in General Practice then Public Health Medicine. She was an NHS Consultant in Public Health/Communicable Disease Control in Birmingham for 15 years and a Unit Director in the Health Protection Agency (HPA) for 4 years.


  • M Ed (Health Professionals), University of Birmingham 2013
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, Staffordshire University 2003
  • Fellowship Faculty of Public Health, London 2002
  • Membership Faculty of Public Health Medicine, London 1995
  • Membership, Royal College of General Practitioners, London 1990
  • Diplomat, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London 1989
  • Family Planning Certificate, Joint Committee for Higher Medical Training, London 1988
  • M.B.B.Ch, University of Wales College of Medicine 1986


Annette Wood qualified in medicine from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1986.  She completed General Practice training in Cardiff and briefly worked as a GP.   In 1991, she moved to the West Midlands to undertake Public Health specialty training, based mainly in Birmingham and Worcestershire.

She specialised in Communicable Disease Control and was appointed as an NHS Consultant to Birmingham Health Authority in 1996. She moved to the HPA at its inception in 2003 and was a Unit Director for 4 years. She was the West Midlands representative on the national HPA committees for TB, hepatitis and port health.  Throughout this time, she was an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Infection and Immunity at Birmingham University. 

In 2011, she moved substantively to the University of Birmingham as Senior Clinical Lecturer and MPH Programme Director.  In 2014 she moved within the University to the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre.

She has been extensively involved in teaching and training throughout her career at local, regional and national level. She has been a training coordinator, regional Public Health training Board member and regional less than fulltime training advisor.  She is an Educational Supervisor and Academic Tutor. She is an Examiner at the Faculty of Public Health where she was also the Director of Training (Registration and Certification) for three years until 2014. She is a trained assessor for the national Public Health recruitment programme.  


Other activities

  • Consultant Screening and Immunisation Lead, Public Health England (since 2014)
  • At the Faculty of Public Health, London:
    • Examiner (since 2001), Examination Logistics Lead/Deputy Lead (since 2013)
    • Director of Training (Registration and Certification) (2011-14)
  • Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, West Midlands East Health Protection Unit (2007-2010)
  • 2003 – 2007 Director, Birmingham and Solihull Health Protection Unit
  • 1996 – 2003 Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Birmingham


Hayer KS, Sitch AJ, Dedicoat M, Wood AL. Culture confirmation of Tuberculosis Cases in Birmingham, UK.  Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases 2013; 45(10): 746-751

Caley M, Fowler T, Greatrex S, Wood A. Differences in hepatitis B infection rate between ethnic groups in antenatal women in Birmingham, United Kingdom, May 2004 to December 2008. Euro Surveill. 2012; 17(30): pii=20228. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20228

Evans JT, Serafino Wani RL, Anderson L, Gibson AL, Smith EG, Wood A, Olowokure B, Abubakar I, Mann JS, Gardiner S, Jones H, Sonnenberg P, Hawkey PM. (2011) A Geographically-Restricted but Prevalent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Strain identified in the West Midlands Region of the UK between 1995 and 2008. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17930 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017930

Hawker JI, Olowokure B, Wood AL, Wilson RC, Johnson R. Widening inequalities in MMR vaccine uptake rates among ethnic groups in an urban area of the UK during a period of vaccine controversy (1994-2000) Vaccine 2007: 25; 7516-7519

Evans JT, Smith EG, Dale, J, Innes JA, Hunt DA, Tweddell A, Wood A, Anderson C, Hewinson RG, Smith NH, Hawkey PM, Sonnenberg P. Cluster of human tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis: evidence for person-to-person transmission in the UK. Lancet 2007; 369: 1270-1276.

Mann CM, Wood A. How much do medical students know about infection control? Journal of Hospital Infection 2006: 64 (4) 366-370.

Gray J, Huengsberg M, Mann M, Jaffer K, MacAulay H, Drake S, Jones G, Birkill R, Wood A. A multidisciplinary approach to chlamydia screening in women undergoing termination of pregnancy: how well are we doing? Int J STD AIDS. 2003; 14(4): 287-8.

Wright J, Rati N, Cobley A, McKeown C, Wood A. A pilot study of fast track antenatal haemoglobinopathy screening. Journal of Medical Screening 2003; 10(4): 169-72.