Sir John Oldham OBE
Sir John Oldham qualified at Manchester Medical School in 1978 and worked in various teaching hospitals, culminating as a GP trainee in inner city Manchester, before becoming a partner in a general practice.
In 1992 he gained an MBA with Distinction from Manchester Business School; his dissertation was on Continuous Quality Improvement in Primary Health Care. The work in the practice led to him being asked to present a paper to the 1st European Forum on quality improvement in health care, and subsequent invitations to the US and Sweden.
He was invited in 1997 by Don Berwick, CEO Institute of Health Care Improvement, to be on a national project group with the IHI in Boston, U.S.A., looking at redesigning surgery systems in the U.S. This was being done using the Collaborative method which he then brought back to the UK. He first proposed a primary care collaborative in 1997 and ultimately this led to him being asked to create and head the National Primary Care Development Team which launched in February 2000.
The Primary Care Collaborative was the largest improvement programme in the world covering 32 million patients in 40 months and delivering 72% improvement in access to GPs and substantial reductions in mortality to patients with CHD. He designed a similar programme in Scotland. Sir John also created the concept of the award winning Healthy Communities Collaborative with residents of deprived areas as the improvement team members, now spread throughout Scandinavia. He also worked in Education, successfully raising performance of underperforming pupils. He was invited by the Australian Government to design and train a team to operate a Primary Care collaborative across the whole of Australia , and similarly Saskatchewan and Alberta in Canada. He is a keynote speaker at many international conferences on large system change, quality and safety. He was also a member of the National Advisory Group for the NHS Next Steps Review of Primary and Community Care. Until recently he was National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity at the Department of Health. He is also a member of the National Quality Board for the NHS in England, which sets the strategic direction for quality and safety in the NHS and the priorities for NICE.
He has been asked to offer strategic advice in a number of countries. He presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2012 on the impact of long term conditions on the economic performance of countries. He has recently been appointed as Chair of an Independent Commission on Whole Person Care.
In 2000 he received the OBE for services to patients and in 2003 was awarded a knighthood for services to the NHS.