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Joint directors

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Professor Greg Irving

Greg is Professor of Primary & Integrated care. He is Director of Research for NHS Cheshire & Merseyside and leads the complexity and uncertainty theme on the MBChB at Edge Hill Medical School. 

He has received three consecutive personal National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowships  including a Academic Clinical Fellow, Doctoral and Academic Clinical Lecturer awards.

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Professor Sarah O’Brien

Sarah was previously the executive director of strategy and system development for Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. She brings a huge amount of experience as a clinical leader working across NHS providers, commissioning, local government, and an integrated care system.

Sarah is passionate about raising ambitions and equal opportunities for young people, including encouraging them to pursue a career in healthcare. In 2020 she was appointed honorary professor for Edge Hill University’s new medical school thanks not only to her expertise, but the value she places on improving people’s life chances.

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    Primary Care Team Members

    External Colleagues

    External advisory group

    The Directors will be members of the EAG and draw on their primary and integrated care networks to constitute an Advisory Group whose members fulfil the following criteria:

    • Experienced clinical academics with expertise in primary and integrated care research.
    • Health and social care specialists from Primary Care Networks and Integrated Care Systems, including those with knowledge of regional health profiles.
    • Representation from integrated care related industry.
    • Representation from funding bodies and national charities.
    • A patient with a chronic long-term condition(s) and a member of the public with an interest in supporting primary and integrated care.
    The role of the Advisory Group
    Terms of membership
    Reporting Procedures