Developing the science of improvement
Martin Marshall is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL and lead for Improvement Science London, a new initiative to promote the science of improvement across the three London Academic Health Science Centres. Prior to this role he was Clinical Director and Director of R&D at the Health Foundation between 2007 and 2012, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General with responsibility for clinical quality and safety and medical education in the Department of Health from 2006 to 2007, and Head of the Division of Primary Care and Professor of General Practice at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester from 1999 to 2006.
He has worked as general practitioner for over 20 years, currently in an inner city practice in South London, is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and chairs the College’s Ethics Committee; is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and is a visiting professor at King’s College London, the University of Manchester and Peninsula Medical School, and was a non-executive director of CQC from 2008 - 2012.
He was a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy in 1998/99, based at the RAND Corporation, California and has advised health and professional bodies, governments and international organizations around the world and has written over 170 publications in the field of quality of care. 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.
Decisions about how health services are organised and delivered are influenced by many political and pragmatic factors and often not sufficiently influenced by research evidence. In this presentation, Martin Marshall, who is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL and lead of a new enterprise, Improvement Science London, considers why health service researchers have so little influence on managerial practice and what might be done to address the problem.
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