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The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is pleased to welcome Trish Greenhalgh, who joins the department from January 2015 as Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Trish is an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and a practising GP, who until recently was Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London.

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

Trish is no stranger to the Department. In early 2014, she collaborated with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine to launch the joint ‘Campaign for real EBM’ – which sought to review and celebrate EBM’s successes and also look critically at its limitations and unintended consequences.  The Campaign included a plea to put patient-centred care at the heart of EBM.

Trish’s current research projects include qualitative work to improve how we design, introduce and evaluate technology-supported integrated care in older people with complex needs (including a new four -year Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust); the NIHR-funded VOCAL study of the conversational dynamics in remote (‘Skype’) consultations; and the NIHR-funded RAMESES-II study to develop methodological standards for realist evaluation. She is also co-authoring a systematic review for the HTA programme on methods of measuring research impact.

Professor Richard Hobbs, Head of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, said:

“We are delighted to kick off 2015 by welcoming Trish to Oxford. She brings over 30 years of experience as a researcher and a clinician. Her wealth of expertise strengthening pathways to impact will help consolidate our top UoA2 ranking in REF 2014 as one of the leading centres for academic primary care in Europe.”

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