Aberdeen-Trained Doctor appointed to New University Chair of Primary Care

Aberdeen-Trained Doctor appointed to New University Chair of Primary Care

former pupil of Aberdeen Grammar School who studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen has returned to Aberdeen to take up a key role in shaping the health services to take Grampian into the next millennium.

Dr Philip Hannaford (38) has been appointed to the newly-endowed Grampian Health Board Chair of Primary Care in the Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Aberdeen.

Dr Calum Macleod, Chairman of Grampian Health Board said:

“The Board has established the new Chair to support the move locally towards a primary-care centred NHS. The new professor will give strong academic leadership to Grampian GPs and their teams, helping them to develop the skills they require to deliver new and more comprehensive community-based health services for the benefit of patients and their families throughout Grampian. We are delighted that the University has attracted a man of Dr Hannaford’s calibre to become the first incumbent of the Grampian Health Board Chair of Primary Care.”

Dr Hannaford was previously Director of the Manchester research Unit of the Royal College of general practitioners and a senior lecturer in the Department of General practice at Manchester University. He has a strong track record in research, publishing extensively, and sits on the editorial boards of several international medical journals. He has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and acted as an advisor to the World Health Organisation on a variety of issues over the past ten years but also has experience of the issues encountered in day to day life as a working GP.

Dr Hannaford said:

“I greatly look forward to the challenges of this new post, especially with the respect of finding new ways of getting research into everyday practice. The Grampian area has many excellent features to show the rest of the world how this can be done.”

Professor Lewis Ritchie, Head of Department, said:

“I welcome the appointment of Professor Hannaford to the new GHB Chair, with its unique focus on the R&D in primary care. This will support innovation and beneficial change for both patients and health professionals. The endowment of this Chair by Grampian Health Board re-emphasises the importance of the partnership between the Board and the University of Aberdeen for improving health and health services in our community.”

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