Having qualified in medicine, I have spent my career evaluating health care and developing ways in which we can assess the quality of care people receive and ways of improving it. For the past 30 years I have worked at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a post-graduate school with students from throughout the world. In recent years I have spent increasing amounts of time advising the NHS and government agencies as to how care might be improved. While achieving change is always difficult, it is essential for policymakers to understand the historical roots of how and why things are the way they are. My book, Walking London's Medical History, attempts to raise awareness and understanding of our current health services, the first step to the changes that are necessary.
During an extraordinary forty years, this small area of London attracted reformers who changed health care in fundamental ways that shape today's services. Prior to that time, the only health care provided here was the 18th century Foundling... More»
At the heart of the great metropolis lies an island, a foreign land in a sea of Englishness. After the wealthy and gentry departed Soho in the middle of the 18th century, successive waves of refugees arrived creating a multi-cultural world that... More»