Keynote Speakers

David Colin-ThomeDavid Colin-Thomé OBE, M.B.B.S., FRCGP, FFPH, FFGDP (Honorary), FRCP

David was a GP from 1971 at Castlefields Health Centre Runcorn, retiring March 2007.  His practice has been leading-edge nationally over the last 10 years or so, pioneering systematic management of long-term conditions employing managed care techniques.   

He also has been on many overseas advisory visits specialising in primary care development.

He publishes regularly on primary care reform 
Appointed as National Director for Primary Care, DH 2007
Previously National Clinical Director for Primary Care, DH  2001-2007
Co-chair and lead on Primary and Community Care Strategy for the DH of the NHS Next Stage(Darzi) Review
Honorary visiting professor of the Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management at Manchester University and of the School of Health, University of Durham.

Prior to being appointed as National Clinical Director, he was director of primary care at the Department of Health's London Regional Office, and senior medical officer at the Scottish Office NHS Management Executive. He was also formerly a member of Halton Health Authority, Cheshire Family Health Services Authority and a local councillor. He was awarded the OBE in 1997. He was educated at Hutton Grammar School in Preston, and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Medical School.


Professor Allyson PollockProfessor Allyson Pollock

Professor Allyson Pollock is Assistant Principal for International Health Policy and Director of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at Edinburgh University.  From 1998 until 2006 she was Professor of Public Health & Health Service Research and Head of the Health Policy & Health Services Research Unit at UCL and Director of Research & Development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust.  She trained in medicine in Scotland and worked in hospitals in Edinburgh and Leeds before moving to London in 1986, where she became a consultant in public health. Her research interests include the financing of health care, the funding and structures of primary care, intermediate care, and long term care, and health and globalisation and public private partnerships.

Professor Pollock has given evidence to the Health, Transport, and Treasury Select Committees of the House of Commons UK, and to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament. She has also co-written articles on the impact of the WTO and GATS on health and other public services and is the co-author of “The New NHS: A Guide” (Routledge) and author of “NHS Plc” (Verso).

Her recent publications can be found here:  www.health.ed.ac.uk/CIPHP/publications/ [new window]


Professor Steve FieldProfessor Steve Field, Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

The RCGP is the largest of the Royal Medical Colleges with an international and UK membership of over 36,000.

Professor Field has led the RCGP through Lord Darzi’s Review of the NHS, successfully promoting the RCGP “federated” model of patient care - with GP practices working together to provide more services for patients in their local communities - as a workable alternative to polyclinics and repositioning general practice at the heart of the NHS.

Professor Field is recognised as a national leader in medical education. As Chair of the RCGP Education Network, he led the College’s radical review of GP training which led to the introduction of the first ever training curriculum for GPs in August 2007.

A practising GP at the Bellevue Medical Centre in inner-city Birmingham, Professor Field is Honorary Professor of Medical Education, University of Warwick, and Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Birmingham.

He has published many academic papers, reports and books - including a bestselling publication on the GP curriculum - and has presented papers at academic meetings around the world. He is a Member of the Faculty of Harvard University’s program for leading innovation in healthcare and education.

He is co-author of the landmark RCGP document The Future Direction of General Practice: A Roadmap and its follow-up Primary Care Federations: Putting Patients First, published in June 2008.

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