Over many decades, basic medical scientists and clinical scientists have made a remarkable contribution to advancing knowledge about how to improve the health of people and populations. In the past both scientists and policy makers have assumed that if new technologies have been proved to be effective, then they will inevitably be taken up by healthcare organisations and individual practitioners. It has become increasingly clear that this is not the case. As a consequence increasing attention is being paid to the ‘know-do gap’ and to the so-called ‘improvement sciences’ that should be helping to close the gap. In this seminar, Martin Marshall, Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL, will describe how the science is developing, its impact and the future challenges.
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 three London Academic Health Science Centres.
Previously he was Director of R&D at the Health Foundation, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the Department of Health, and a clinical academic at the University of Manchester. He has been a GP for 24 years and is a fellow of the RCGP, RCP and FPHM. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Health Care.