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Invited Speaker Rounds: Tuesday, May 19th @ 12-1PM

Speaker: Martin Marshall
Title: Researcher-in-residence model: practical examples, theoretical and conceptual underpinning, benefits and challenges
Description: Most people involved in improving care for patients would like to think that their decisions are influenced by the best possible research evidence. Most academics would like to think that their research has an impact on patient care. But too often neither of these aspirations are a reality. Academic research is often difficult to access, hard to use and sometimes fails to address the questions of greatest importance to practitioners. One of the reasons for this is the traditional separation of researchers working in the ivory towers of academic institutions, and clinicians and managers working in the swampy lowlands of front line health services.

The Researcher-in-Residence model being developed by UCL Partners and others in the UK, is designed to address this challenge. Experienced researchers work as members of operational teams, sharing responsibility to address practical problems by negotiating their scientific expertise alongside the expertise of front line practitioners. The nature, origins and development of this model will be described in this seminar, with practical examples of its use in the UK. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity to critique the model, explore its merits and challenges, and examine its applicability within the Canadian health system.

Martin Marshall is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL and leads Improvement Science London, an initiative to promote and embed the science of improvement across both the health service and academic sectors. 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, now serving an inner city community in Newham, East London. He is a fellow of the RCGP, RCP and FPHM, and was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission until 2012. He has over 190 publications in the field of quality of care and in 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Health Care.

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