Pippa Oakeshott is Professor of General Practice in the Population Health Research Institute. She is a practising GP in Lambeth, London and her research at St George's focuses mainly on women's health.
Professor Oakeshott has a strong background in randomised controlled trials and cohort studies in primary care. This includes six trials in 40 South London general practices, and one (the "POPI" chlamydia screening trial) in 20 universities and further education colleges. She is co-investigator on a large UK Clinical Research Collaboration eSTI2 consortium programme grant (a research project which aims to let people self-diagnose sexually transmitted diseases using their mobile phones).
Professor Oakeshott is also interested in hypertension and stroke. She was co-investigator on a community-based trial of home blood pressure monitoring in 380 hypertensive stroke patients, and more recently on a trial of nurse-led blood pressure clinics in primary care. She has also been involved in studying the Cambridge cohort of 117 consecutive patients with treated open spina bifida, and has just published the 45 year follow up. Her 180 publications include eight BMJ research papers.
Professor Oakeshott joined the university in 1991 when she became a lecturer in general practice, combining clinical sessions in general practice with research and teaching. Prior to this she studied Medicine at Cambridge University, did GP training at Barts' and St Thomas' Hospitals, and worked as a part-time GP on the Doctors' Retainer Scheme.
From 2001-2012 Professor Oakeshott was an Editorial Adviser to the British Medical Journal. She is currently chair of a NIHR trial steering committee and member of the NIHR London Research for Patient Benefit advisory group.
Honours and awards
• 2009 - Recognition of achievement by the Medical Advisory Committee of the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, for the 40 year complete follow up of the Cambridge cohort of open spina bifida.
• 2006 and 2007 - Top 10 per cent of British Medical Journal Reviewers.
• 2003 - BUPA Foundation Epidemiology Award second prize for Hunt GM, Oakeshott P. Outcome in people with open spina bifida at age 35: community based prospective cohort study. BMJ 2003;326:1365-6
• 2002 - Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research Paper of the Year: Cappuccio FP, Oakeshott P, Strazzullo P, Kerry SM. Application of Framingham coronary heart disease risk estimates to ethnic minorities in United Kingdom and implications for primary prevention of heart disease in general practice: cross sectional population based study. BMJ 2002;325: 1271-4
Selected recent publications
Reid F, Oakeshott P, Kerry SR, Hay PE, Jensen JS. Chlamydia related bacteria (Chlamydiales) in early pregnancy: community-based cohort study. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2016. pii: S1198-743X(16)30481-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2016.10.011.
Hay PE, Kerry SR, Normansell R, Horner PJ, Reid F, Kerry SM, Prime K, Williams E, Simms I, Aghaizu A, Jensen J, Oakeshott P. Which sexually active young female students are most at risk of pelvic inflammatory disease? A prospective study. Sex Transm Infect. 2015 Jun 16. pii: sextrans-2015-052063. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2015-052063. [Epub ahead of print]
Oakeshott P, Reid F, Poulton A, Markus H, Whitaker RH, Hunt GM. Neurological level at birth predicts survival to the mid-40s and urological deaths in open spina bifida: a complete prospective cohort study. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2015 Feb 12. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12698. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:25683691
Aghaizu A, Reid F, Kerry S, Hay PE, Mallinson H, Jensen JS, Kerry S, Kerry S, Oakeshott P. Frequency and risk factors for incident and redetected Chlamydia trachomatis infection in sexually active, young, multi-ethnic women: a community based cohort study. Sex Transm Infect. 2014 Nov;90(7):524-8. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2014-051607. Epub 2014 Aug 6.
PMID: 25100744; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4215355.
Williams RP, Oakeshott P. Diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure. BMJ. 2014 Feb 12;348:g1429. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g1429. PMID: 24523371.
Oakeshott P, Aghaizu A, Reid F et al Frequency and risk factors for prevalent, incident and persistent genital carcinogenic human papillomavirus infection in sexually active, young, multi-ethnic women: community-based cohort study. BMJ 2012: 344: e4168. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e4168
Oakeshott P, Kerry S, Aghaizu A, Atherton H, Hay S, Taylor-Robinson D, Simms I, Hay P. Randomised controlled trial of screening for Chlamydia trachomatis to prevent pelvic inflammatory disease: the POPI (prevention of pelvic infection) trial. BMJ 2010;340: 1642
Hunt GM, Oakeshott P. Outcome in people with open spina bifida at age 35: community based prospective cohort study. BMJ 2003;326:1365-6
Dr J Jensen, Copenhagen: funded research on M.genitalium and Chlamydiales.
Professor Toni Darville, University of North Carolina, USA: NIH workshop on pelvic inflammatory disease.
Professor C Lacey, York University: funded cohort study of human papilloma virus.
Drs K Soldan and I Simms, Health Protection Agency: funded work on HPV, co-infections and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Dr T Sadiq et al, St George's, University of London eSTI consortium: MRC programme grant starting Oct 2010.
Professor Vari Drennan, St George's, University of London qualitative research on STIs in young people.
Fiona Reid, King's College London, funded community-based trials and cohort studies.
Professor Lucy Chappell, King's College London. Research on hypertension in pregnancy.
Current grants as chief investigator
NIHR RfPB funded “Test n Treat”: a cluster randomised feasibility trial of rapid chlamydia/gonorrhoea tests and same day on-site treatment in further education colleges. £243,000
Medical Research Council: A proof of principle study: Screening for chlamydia related bacteria to prevent miscarriage.
Current and recent grants as co-investigator
UKCRG Consortium Grant (ST Sadiq, P Butcher, G Griffin, P Oakeshott et al) Translating advances in diagnostic and communication technologies to reduce the burden of STIs.
NIHR St George's and King's Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)
NIHR Programme Development Grant.(J Stephenson, P Oakeshott, P Baraitser, J MacLeod, N Low et al.) Improving women's reproductive health by evaluating the impact of chlamydia screening and M. genitalium testing on clinical outcomes.
Selected previous grants
The Newlife Foundation: The 50 year follow up of the Cambridge cohort of open spina bifida
The BUPA Foundation: (P Oakeshott, P Hay, C Lacey et al) A prevalence study of Human papilloma virus in a multiethnic female student population.
The Medical Research Council: (P Oakeshott, J Jensen, F Reid, P Hay et al) £190,000 for a prevalence and prospective cohort study of Mycoplasma genitalium in women.
The BUPA Foundation: (P Oakeshott, P Hay, S Kerry, I Simms et al) A community based trial of chlamydia screening to prevent pelvic inflammatory disease: The POPI (prevention of pelvic infection) trial.
The Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.(P Oakeshott, GM Hunt) 40 year follow up of the Cambridge Cohort of Open Spina Bifida.
Professor Oakeshott supervises six undergraduate research projects each year, more than half of which are published. She also supervises the research of academic FY2 and ST4 doctors who are working concurrently in general practice. She is involved in examining OSCEs and marking essays. She is external examiner for about one PhD a year.