Professor Martin Roland

Chair in Health Services Research at School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

Professor of Health Services Research, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge

Martin Roland became Professor of Health Services Research in the University of Cambridge in 2009. He trained at the University of Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate. Following vocational training in Cambridge, he worked in London and in Cambridge before moving to the Chair in General Practice in the University of Manchester in 1992. In 1994, he established and subsequently became Director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. Between 2006 and 2009, he was also Director of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, a collaboration between the five leading departments of primary care in England. In September 2008 he took up a part-time appointment as Special Advisor to RAND Europe, a not-for-profit policy research organisation based in Cambridge. He was also appointed CBE for Services to Medicine in 2003.

Professor Roland has been a practising GP for 30 years. His main areas of research interest are

  • developing methods of measuring quality of care
  • evaluating interventions to improve care in the NHS
  • use of financial incentives to improve quality of care
  • changing doctors’ behaviour
  • professionalism
  • integrated care
  • the primary/secondary interface (hospital referrals and admissions).

His previous areas of research include back pain, hospital referrals, out of hours care, and nurse practitioners in general practice.

  • 11 February 2020, 5:30pm

    CSaP Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Sally Davies

    The 2020 CSaP Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and former Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government.

  • 26 January 2017, 4pm

    How to measure what can’t easily be measured

    The NIHR is working to shorten the time taken to develop drugs and other therapies, with the aim of reducing the length of the average process by 20 months. As part of this Push the Pace programme, NOCRI is aiming to develop a method for measuring the impact of the time reduction.