Dr Michael Dixon: Chairman
Michael Dixon is a GP and National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription ( NHS England). He was Chair of the NHS Alliance from 1998 – 2015. Dr Dixon has been appointed as a government advisor on GP commissioning. Dr Dixon is a strong advocate of preventative medicine, healthy living and integrated care. In his Devon practice, patients are able to directly access a range of health check and self-help initiatives; emergency and maternity services; NHS community services including podiatry and physiotherapy and, for certain patients and certain conditions, complementary therapies.
The philosophy is to help patients keep well instead of waiting until they are sick before helping them. Its success is demonstrated by the practice’s low referral rates and high scores on all performance indicators. Dr Dixon is also Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster; Honorary Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham; and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Integrated Health at the Peninsula Medical School. He is also a Senior Associate at the King’s Fund where he was a member of the Steering Group of the Inquiry into quality of GP care. More about his work here.
Amanda manages the day to day running of the College of Medicine, with a particular focus on membership engagement, communications, events, conferences and our educational courses like the very popular Foundation Courses in Integrated Healthcare.
She spent most of her career until 2011 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as Membership Manager then latterly as Local Practice Forum Manager and a management role in their annual conference organising team as well as roles in PR and Education.
Amanda has a wealth of experience from running events, project management to delivering change in organisations.
AJ is the College of Medicine’s senior admin officer, helping to support the chief officer in the day to day running of the College. He is keen to support the aims of the College having been interested in all aspects of healthcare since joining St John Ambulance as a child – he was a volunteer at his local unit for over forty years.
AJ’s interest has broadened in recent years: he has a degree in herbal medicine from Middlesex University (which reflects a belief in the beneficial effects of patient-centred complementary medicine), a masters in medical anthropology from Brunel University (which reflects an interest in social and cultural aspects of health and illness), and has completed a PhD at The University of Westminster which used patient narratives to investigate women’s experiences of distress and their experience of using western herbal practice for distress.
AJ has previously been a member of the College of Medicine’s student strategy group, and is now a mentor for the next generation of health and social care students.