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Martin Marshall
MD, Professor
Clinical Director at the Health Foundation

Practice, politics and possibilities: addressing the challenges facing general practice

Summary of content
Professor Martin Marshall will explore the key clinical, professional, societal and political challenges facing general practice and critically examine the ways in which he thinks the discipline has failed to rise to some of these challenges. He will then examine objectively the unique contribution that general practice should be making to improving people’s lives, their health and their health care and he will explore ways in which this contribution could be optimised.

Martin Marshall is Clinical Director at the Health Foundation, an independent charity which aims to improve the quality of healthcare across the UK. He joined the Foundation in November 2007 from his previous role in the Department of Health as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General with responsibility for clinical quality and safety and medical education. Prior to this he was Head of the Division of Primary Care and Professor of General Practice at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester. He has worked as a principal in general practitioner for over 17 years in an inner-city practice in Manchester and a semi-urban practice in Devon. He has written over 130 publications in the field of policy-related quality of care, the majority focusing on the development, use and abuse of measures of quality, the public disclosure of performance information, the relationship between organisational culture and quality improvement and the use of incentives. He is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. He was a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy in 1998/99, based at the RAND Corporation, California and has advised governments in the UK and abroad, a range of government agencies, Royal Colleges, independent foundations in the UK, Europe and the USA, the OECD and the World Health Organisation. He is past-President of the European Society for Quality Improvement in Family Practice. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for Services to Health Care.


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