David Haslam, Professor of General Practice at the Medical School since 2014, has been conferred the honour of Knight Bachelor in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his services to NHS Leadership. Professor Haslam is a faculty member of the Department of Primary Care and Population Health and teaches on the MSc in Family Medicine course, specialising in evidence-based medicine.
Professor Haslam was appointed last December by the Cyprus Cabinet as one of the eight-member Board of Directors of the newly-established organisation of state health services (OKYY). The organisation has been tasked with the implementation of administrative and financial autonomy in public hospitals, envisaged as the first step towards the new General Healthcare Scheme (GeSY) in Cyprus.
Professor Haslam has been Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK since 2013. He is also past-President and past Chairman of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners, past-President of the British Medical Association, a former Vice-Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and visiting Professor in Primary Health Care at De Montfort University, Leicester. He was a GP in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, for many years and has been an expert member of the NHS National Quality Board, Chair of the NQB Quality Information Committee, and National Clinical Adviser to both the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Commission. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He has written 13 books, mainly on health topics for the lay public and which have been translated into 13 languages, and well over a thousand articles for the medical and lay press. In 2014 he was named by Debretts and the Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential and inspirational people in the United Kingdom.