Writer | Researcher | Consultant

Community Health & Medical Information

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My work examines the realities of bridging the health sector and communities. It is fuelled by the insight that health care in high-income countries is increasingly unsustainable because clinical science and practice fail to appreciate how people and communities define their health.

As an independent writer and researcher, I fund my work through consulting, including speaking. My consulting is not only in community health but also in medical information. I am a former medical editor and publisher, and also the former Physician Editor of TEDMED. I began my career at The BMJ.

 
 
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Latest Articles

Halfway Between a Stranger and a Friend

A conversation with Maff Potts on how 20 years working at the sharp end of society has taught it him that only two things matter, and what he’s doing about it

Sectors, Partnering and Place

How cross-sector partnering demands thinking about place, and why thinking about place means thinking about people’s choices and freedom

Lessons from the Frontline of Cross-Sector Partnering

A conversation with David Relph, formerly of Bristol Health Partners, on why collaboration has to be the core purpose of institutions concerned with health

On Absurdity, Collusion and Silence

How our failure to effectively respond to non-communicable diseases may be because our science needs updating – if only our politics would get out of the way

The Need for Human Learning Systems

A conversation with Toby Lowe on his journey from baffled Chief Executive to a key figure in the movement to find more effective ways to work in complex social environments

The Politics of Measurement

How eliciting social definitions of value may make emerging partnerships between health care and CBOs more effective

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Upcoming talks

March 5 - Keynote

Bond Healthcare – West Coast, USA