Sir John Oldham
Sir John is a GP by background and in 1992 he gained an MBA with Distinction from Manchester Business School with a dissertation on quality improvement. This led to him being asked to create and head the National Primary Care Collaborative which launched in February 2000. At the time the Primary Care Collaborative was the largest improvement programme in the world covering 32 million patients in 40 months. He designed a similar programme in Scotland, Australia and other countries. In 2003 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 (as Passion for Life). He also worked in Education, successfully raising performance of underperforming pupils. He has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences on large system change, quality and safety. He was a member of the National Quality Board, National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity at the Dept of Health in England and subsequently Chair of an Independent Commission on Whole Person Care. Latterly he was Senior Independent director at the Care Quality Commission in England in 2001 he received the OBE for services to patients and in 2003 was awarded a knighthood for services to the NHS.