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General Practice in Crisis: is there a positive future?

Professor Martin Marshall ‘in Conversation’

Thursday, 22nd June 2023

Buckingham House Lecture Theatre

Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

18.00 start of lecture
Reception to follow

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General practice is in crisis. Patients can’t get appointments, GPs are retiring early and politicians don’t seem to have convincing answers. Are there any, and if so, what are they? Come and hear Professor Martin Marshall, recently Chair of the Royal College of GPs quizzed by Professor Martin Roland, academic GP and Emeritus Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to contribute to the debate.


Martin Marshall

Martin Marshall is Chair of the Nuffield Trust, the London-based health policy think tank, Emeritus Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL and a non-executive member of the Board of the Royal Devon University Foundation Trust. Until November 2022 he was a GP for nearly 35 years, working in Exeter, Moss Side in Manchester, and most recently Newham in East London.

Martin was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2019 to 2022. In previous roles he was a director of UCL Partners, a leading Academic Health Science Network; Medical Director of the Health Foundation; Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Director General for Quality and Safety in the Department of Health; a Commissioner for the Care Quality Commission and Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of quality of care and health system improvement.

Martin was a 1998/99 recipient of a Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy and based at RAND Health in Santa Monica. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians of London, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to health care.

Professor Martin Roland CBE

Martin Roland qualified in medicine at Oxford University in 1975, then trained as a general practitioner. He was appointed as Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester in 1992 where he was Director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre from 1994 to 2009. In 2009 he moved to Cambridge to the inaugural RAND Chair in Health Services Research, which he held until his retirement in 2016. Professor Roland’s research focused on developing ways of measuring and improving the quality of primary medical care including evaluation of pay for performance schemes.

He is Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and an International Member of the US National Academy of Medicine. He was appointed CBE for Services to Medicine in 2003 and is an Emeritus Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

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