Michael Dixon (NHS)

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"Michael Dixon is a GP and has been Chair of the NHS Alliance since 1998. 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."[1]

"Michael Dixon has been a GP in Cullompton, Devon for the past seventeen years. In 1993, he co-founded the Mid Devon Commissioning Group and is now commissioning chair for the Mid Devon PCT. Since May 1998, he has been chair of NHS Alliance, which is the national representative organisation of PCTs and the individual health professionals, managers and lay people within them.

"His national roles currently include membership of:- The National Quality Task Force, The Primary Care Workforce Review, The Cabinet Committee on Bureaucracy in General Practice, The National Demand Management “Think Tank” of the Modernisation Agency and The National Medicines Management Advisory Group.

"His publications include:- The Locality Commissioning Handbook (Radcliffe Press1997), The Human Effect (Radcliffe Press 2000) and A Practical Guide to Primary Care Groups and Trusts (Radcliffe Press 2000) and he was a co-author of NHS Alliance’s documents Restoring the Vision (1997) and Implementing the Vision (2000). As a Fellow of Exeter University, he had written a number of research papers on complementary medicine and the therapeutic relationship.

"Awarded an O.B.E. in June 2001, he remains a dissident committed to championing frontline professionals, managers and people in their quest to improve local health and services."[2]


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  1. College of Medicine Michael Dixon, organizational web page, accessed May 31, 2014.
  2. Quiet Mind Centre Michael Dixon, organizational web page, accessed June 19, 2013.
  3. Yes To Life Medical Advisors, organizational web page, accessed May 31, 2014.