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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Wolfson Guest lecture - 'Turning the World Upside Down - the search for global health in the 21st century' by Lord Nigel Crisp

4th February 2011, 13:30 to 14:45, D004, Ebsworth Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton

Lord Nigel Crisp  - "Turning the World Upside Down - the search for global health in the 21st century". The lecture will explore the themes of Lord Crisp's 2010 book about what could be learnt from poorer countries, how we can support health improvement in such countries and what, together can be achieved globally.

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Lord Crisp KCB is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords and works mainly on international development and global health.

His new book Turning the world upside down - the search for global health in the 21st Century was published in January 2010. It takes further the ideas about mutual learning between rich and poor countries that he developed in his 2007 report for the Prime Minister - Global Health Partnerships: the UK contribution to health in developing countries - and shows how this will shape healthcare in the future.

He has worked extensively on global health and co-chaired an international Task Force on increasing the education and training of health workers globally with Commissioner Bience Gawanas of the African Union. It published its report, Scaling up, Saving Lives, which advocated practical ways to increase massively the training of health workers in developing countries, in May 2008.

He has subsequently founded the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance with Dr Velepi Mtonga, the Honourable Anderson Chibwa, Dr David Percy and Susana Edjang in 2009 in order to implement some of the proposals in the Task Force report and assist the Zambian Government to increase the numbers of health workers trained in the country.

Earlier in his life, from 2000 to 2006, he was both Chief Executive of the NHS, the largest health organisation in the world, and Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health and led major reforms in the English health system.

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, he worked in community development and industry before joining the NHS in 1986. He has worked in mental health as well as acute services and was from 1993 to 1997 the Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust, one of the UK's leading academic medical centres.

He chairs Sightsavers International, is an Adviser to and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a member of the Health Worker Migratory Advisory Council, a Champion Advocate for the Global Health Workforce Alliance, a strategic adviser to HLM Architects, an Advisory Board Member of the African Centre for Health and Social Development and of the Global Health Programme at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Public Sector Advisory Board of and a trustee of RAND Europe. He is also an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge and of the Royal College of Physicians.

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