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Professor Trish Greenhalgh joins Queen Mary

Tasked with setting up and leading the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit in the Centre for Health Sciences at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is an ‘exciting challenge’ for new recruit Trish Greenhalgh.

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Professor Trish Greenhalgh
Professor Trish Greenhalgh

Professor of Primary Health Care, Trish Greenhalgh joined Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at the start of April from University College London.

With a string of accolades to her name (OBE MA MD FRCP FRCGP*), she is more than well-equipped to take on the new role.

Speaking about her new appointment, Professor Greenhalgh says: “It’s an exciting challenge to take on this role at Queen Mary, University of London. I’m currently studying the adoption, non-adoption and abandonment of new technologies in healthcare organisations, so it’s an area I’m particularly interested in.”

Professor Greenhalgh also has a number of other projects she’s working on, including:

  • developing new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of ‘big IT’, especially in relation to nationally shared electronic patient record systems;
  • exploring debates, deliberation and decision-making around healthcare rationing at a time when public funding for healthcare is perceived to be falling;
  • capturing the patient’s illness experience to inform service [re]design, especially in relation to culturally appropriate services for minority ethnic groups;
  • developing and evaluating complex interventions for self-management of long term conditions, especially in low-literacy groups;
  • developing and applying new methods for systematic review of complex evidence for policymaking

“I’ve been collaborating informally with colleagues in the Centre for Health Sciences including Professors Chris Griffiths, Sandra Eldridge and Clive Seale for several years and was delighted when they approached me to ask if I was interested in joining their group,” Professor Greenhalgh said. “I’m also looking forward to building some new cross-departmental collaborations, particularly with the School of Business and Management.” 

A general practitioner in north London, Professor Greenhalgh has a first degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge and qualified in Medicine from Oxford in 1983.

She uses innovative interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on narrative, ethnographic and participatory methods, to explore complex, policy-related issues in contemporary healthcare. She has a strong research interest in the interface between sociology and medicine.

Notes to editors:

*Professor Greenhalgh’s many awards and prizes include: an Order of the British Empire for Services to Medicine, a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator Award, Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award and European Health Management Association Baxter Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Research in Healthcare Management.  She is a member of the Medical Research Council Committee on Good Research Practice, World Health Organisation Expert Advisory Panels on Clinical Practice Guidelines and Research Methods and Ethics and RAND/IHI International Working Group on Patient Safety. She is the author of 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and 8 textbooks.

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