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Prof Martin Marshall
UCL Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health
UCL Medical School
Upper 3rd Floor, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London,
  • Managing Director, London Social Enterprise for Health Improvement
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Martin Marshall is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL in the Department of Primary Care and Population Health, Programme Director for Population Health and Primary Care at UCLPartners, Vice Chair (External Affairs) of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a GP in Newham, East London. Previously he was Director of R&D at the Health Foundation, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Director General in the Department of Health, a clinical academic at the University of Manchester and a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.  He has over 220 publications in the field of quality improvement and health service redesign. His primary academic interest is in maximising the impact of research on practice. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Health Care.

Research Themes
Research Summary

For more than 15 years my research interests have focused on the measurement and improvement of quality in the health sector. I started by developing specific indicators of quality, particularly for use in primary care. I then explored how these metrics are used by clinical practitioners, managers and people using health services, in particular on the implications of putting comparative information about quality into the public domain. I have also researched the decision making process in health care organisations and the role of organisational culture in facilitating service improvement. This has led to a wider interest in context and the relationship between specific improvement interventions, implementation methods and the wider environment within which care is provided. All of my work has attempted to explore the interaction between macro (e.g. policy), meso (e.g. teams and organisations) and micro (e.g patient level) elements of care.

In recent years I have become increasingly interested in the interface between academia and the health service and in developing new approaches to optimising the use of research evidence in practice.

Teaching Summary

I teach undergraduate students from UCL about quality improvement, leading 1 seminar in the last academic year.

I teach on UCL’s MSc in Health Psychology, delivering one lecture and one seminar in the last year.

I am currently second supervisor for three doctoral students, two of whom should be submitting their thesis within the next year and one of whom is in their first year and about to submit their upgrade. I am about to start supervising a new student in partnership with LSHTM who will spend some time in PCPH. In addition, I continue to mentor 4 post-doc students, two at UCL, one at Cardiff/Leicester and one at Bristol.

I completed my final year as External Examiner for the Imperial College MSc in Quality and Safety.

01-JAN-2012 Professor of Healthcare Improvement Primary Care & Population Health UCL, United Kingdom
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