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Video blog: Dr Michael Dixon reflects on an ‘active’ year – and highlights new causes for 2020

The College of Medicine’s Chair Dr Michael Dixon has delivered a seasonal message reflecting on a ‘really active’ year for the organisation, and congratulating members on the great strides made on increasing awareness of social prescription and the role food plays in our health.


He said: “It’s been a really active year, with lots of conferences, lots of courses and great things going on – all the way from the Integrated Schools Project in Cornwall to introducing yoga and massage in West London (at the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing in North Kensington).

“All of this has been possible because of the support given by members, activators and those who’ve attended our events,” he added.

The College of Medicine’s Chair said he hoped attentions would focus in 2020 on new areas; including finding ways to make agriculture more sustainable and helping to tackle climate change.

Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of the College of Medicine, told members the organisation should focus on areas including sustainable agriculture and climate change in 2020

Dr Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon is a GP and National Clinical Lead for Social Prescription (NHS England), as well as being Chairman of the College of Medicine. 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 is a member of the Steering Group of the Inquiry into quality of GP care.