Professor Denise Kendrick qualified from the University of Southampton with distinction in Bio-medical sciences in 1984. She completed the vocational training scheme for general practice and was awarded Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in 1988, commenced training in Public Health Medicine in 1989 and was awarded Member of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH) in 1992. She became a lecturer in Public Health Medicine in 1991 at the University of Nottingham, combined with part-time clinical general practice from 1992 to date. She was awarded the Department of Health Public Health Career Scientist Award in 2001, and completed her Masters in Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester in 2004. She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) in 2006, and then the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents distinguished service award for academic achievement in 2008. She was promoted to senior lecturer in General Practice in 1996 and became a reader in Primary Care Research in 2005. She was promoted to a Chair in Primary Care Research in 2008, and was joint Head of Division of Primary Care from 2008 to 2012.