National Health Service History
MSc, MD, FRCS(Ed), FFPHM, FRCP, FRCP(Ed), FMedSci
Officer of the Department of Health from 1999, . A public health physician
by training, Sir Liam Donaldson (2002 New Years Honours List) was previously
Regional Director, NHS Northern Region, and before that the Regional Medical
Director of that region.
Liam Donaldson started his medical career in surgery and later trained in public health, holding senior posts in public health medicine and management. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, he was Director of Public Health for Regional Health Authorities covering the North East and Yorkshire regions of the National Health Service.
From the early 1990s he combined the role of
Director of Public Health with the post of Regional Director of one of the
eight regional offices of the National Health Service Executive. His
particular experience and interests have been in strategic management and
planning, health policy, public health programmes, clinical governance,
problems of poor professional practice and health services research. He has
graduated from the universities of Bristol, Birmingham and Leicester and has
been awarded honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Huddersfield,
Bristol, Cranfield and Portsmouth. He also holds an honorary Chair of
Applied Epidemiology in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is
co-author of a standard textbook of public health and has published widely
on health and health service research subjects.
In the 2002 New Year Honours List, Liam
Donaldson received a knighthood in recognition of his achievements in health
and health care.