38. Professor Azeem Majeed
Grounded GP researcher
Professor Azeem Majeed is a huge asset for general practice – a prominent primary care researcher with his feet firmly placed on the ground.
The south London GP makes the Power 50 list for the first time, nominated for his ‘high profile and important research into controversial aspects of general practice’ – and he has had a busy year.
He has published research that showed APMS general practices perform worse on quality measures than more traditional PMS or GMS general practices. He also has led a major project to review the NHS Health Checks programme for the Department of Health, with his latest report showing the scheme had reached only a fifth of its target population and that only a third of patients identified as high risk were receiving appropriate treatment.
In August 2014 he was one of the few GPs to be appointed to a senior management position within the acute sector, becoming associate medical director for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – one of the largest in the country – and continued his work as a World Health Organization adviser on promoting primary care in the Middle East and North Africa.
And he has been a visible defender of general practice in social media and blogs in the UK – combating misconceptions with a cool head and some hard data.
Professor Majeed says his favourite moment of the year was was learning in December 2014 that Imperial College London had been rated joint top among universities in the UK for the quality of its research.
‘This reflects the quality and impact of the research that is carried out in primary care, both in the UK and overseas at Imperial College London,’ he says.
In the coming year, he will be completing his evaluation of the NHS Health Checks scheme, setting up a large dementia prevention programme and working on expanding teaching placements for medical students in general practice and other community settings at Imperial College.