Who we are

Sheffield Community Contact Tracers (SCCT) is a volunteer-led project sitting within a local charity, Heeley Trust. SCCT helps to identify gaps in systems relating to COVID-19 and raise awareness on these issues. SCCT also conduct studies and demonstration projects to show possible solutions to these problems; through supporting communities to become more confident and resilient on this topic and to amplify seldom heard voices by giving them a platform to share their experiences. 

SCCT was established in March 2020 with the initial pilot project of setting up a contact tracing initiative for residents of Sheffield before the government had a national scheme in place. Since conducting this study, SCCT has grown and expanded its work, now providing vaccine and COVID confidence training workshops to communities across the city, hosting regular updates on Sheffield’s management of the virus and volunteering to support the national vaccination programme. 

Meet the team

Andy Jackson

I lead on strategy and development for Heeley Trust; a small community development charity in inner city Sheffield. Projects I have helped to create and develop in my 20 years at the Trust include; Heeley People’s Park, SUM Studios, ReCycleBikes, and Sheffield Online.

Dr Bing Jones

I'm a retired Haematology Doctor and a portrait painter. I'm very worried about the environment and how little is being done about it.

Dr Ian Bowns

I’m a retired public health consultant, having worked for most levels of the NHS, local authorities, academia, and been a temporary advisor to the World Health Organisation’s European Office on health information and statistics. In addition to a modest contribution to SCCT, I’m also a director of Transition Buxton and a trustee of Buxton Festival Fringe, as well as being an amateur folk performer.

Dr Jack Czauderna

I was a GP in Darnall, Sheffield for 30 years and moved my focus of care from individuals through families and on to communities, founding Darnall Wellbeing more than 20 years ago to engage primary care towards a community public health perspective. Darnall Wellbeing is now rooted within its communities and works closely with primary care to deliver 'social prescribing'. I am also the Chair of the Pioneer Health Foundation which keeps alive the legacy of the famous 'Peckham Experiment', the first Health Centre in the world and the model for health we should be following. I play violin and fiddle in different bands and spend as much time with grandchildren as I can.

Dr Jillian Creasy

I was a GP at Heeley Green Surgery until 2004 when I became a city councillor. I continued as a salaried/locum GP until 2016. I now work as a medico-legal report writer for the charity Freedom from Torture. During the Covid crisis, I have been doing telephone advice sessions for the NHS111 service.

Dr Mike Tomson

I have been a GP in Sheffield and involved in training Doctors to become GPs since the early 90s. My 60th Birthday present was to work for Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) first in Jordan and then in Lebanon supporting Syrian refugees with chronic health issues. I still do management work for MSF and when not involved with SCCT I'm likely to be doing something linked to sustainability or planetary health.

Professor Shona Kelly

I am a Professor of Interdisciplinary Health Research at Sheffield Hallam University. I have worked on Public Health problems in Canada, Australia and the UK. Much of mywork focuses on the impact of social factors on health.

Dr Tom Heller

I am a happily retired GP who worked in several of the most deprived areas of Sheffield for many years. My wife and I developed Covid-19 during the early days of the pandemic and this experience motivated me to join the SCCT team when I was sufficiently recovered. I also worked as an academic at the Open University creating health-related teaching materials and prior to that spent some years working in Nepal, mostly establishing TB clinics in rural areas. I live in a cohousing community and spent as much pre-Covid time as I could rolling on the floor with at least one of my grandchildren.

Dr Tim Woolliscroft

I am a Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University where I am currently involved in multiple research/research evaluation projects. Academically, I am a polymath, with five different postgraduate qualifications across the areas of: healthcare, sociology, business, education and research methods. I am primarily a qualitative researcher, with a preference for action research and systems thinking approaches. My community development/community health expertise started developing many years before I moved into academia, through a career in the voluntary sector. During that time, I managed a community health charity and served on multiple health committees including that Sheffield Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board.

Dr Janet Harris

I am a semi-retired public health professional. I continue to teach on the Masters programmes in Public Health and International Health Management at the University of Sheffield. My special interests are community-based participatory research and mobilising knowledge across sectors to promote health and wellbeing. In SCCT, I am coordinating Covid Confidence with community organisations across the city.