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Stirling Professorships for leading healthcare experts

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Three leading healthcare experts have joined the University of Stirling’s academic community. Mr Ian Anderson, Professor Fiona Mackenzie and Dr Fraser Shaw have taken up honorary Professorial appointments at the University’s recently established Stirling Institute for People-Centred Healthcare Management.

Mr Ian Anderson is President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and a consultant in Accident & Emergency Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. He helped set up the Intercollegiate Faculty of Accident & Emergency Medicine.

Speaking of his appointment, Mr Anderson said: “I have admired the output from the Institute and the skill and dedication of its staff. As President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, I would hope to bring an additional clinical perspective to the work of the Institute and will strive to do so.

“I cannot think of a previous time in my career as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine when the allocation of appropriate resource has been such an important feature of all healthcare systems. For the foreseeable future, we will all live in times not necessarily of austerity, but in an environment where properly targeted healthcare will achieve the best possible outcome for as many people as possible.”

Professor Fiona Mackenzie has been Chief Executive Officer of NHS Forth Valley since 2001. Previously she held various senior posts within the NHS in Scotland. An honours graduate of St Andrew’s University, she spent her early career working mainly in mental health and became Chief Executive of Highland Communities Trust in 1996 and Highland Primary Care Trust in 1999.
She is a non-executive director of NHS Education for Scotland, a non-executive director of the Scottish Futures Trust, a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management and holds an Executive MBA from Hull University.

Commenting on her latest role Professor Mackenzie said: “Stirling University has an excellent background in person-centred healthcare which I am particularly interested in. I am delighted to be more closely involved in this important area and look forward to working closely with the university to develop ideas which ultimately will lead to a better deal for patients.”

Professor Fraser Shaw is Consultant Psychiatrist in Addictions for West Dunbartonshire. He has a PhD in neuroscience and had academic posts at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He subsequently trained at the Maudsley Hospital and the National Addiction Centre in London, before coming to Scotland in 2000.
He has a particular interest in addictive disorders and much of his work has more recently been focused on the social determinants of problems like addiction, when individuals’ needs go beyond the addiction itself.
Speaking of his appointment, Professor Shaw said: “I hope to marry a human-centred perspective with new and innovative approaches to healthcare management, provided by Stirling Management School, so that we can determine how the healthcare system can better respond to and support deprived groups.

“Developing from the growing science of how humans interact within their communities, I think we can seek to optimise individual lives, whatever that might mean for each person, via benign yet rigorous, people-centred management of healthcare systems.

“As a leading university in the management field, Stirling will provide the opportunity to trial and evaluate new approaches with full academic rigour.”

In welcoming Mr Anderson and Professors Mackenzie and Shaw, the Chair of the Institute Dr Mike Walsh, said: "These appointments reflect a substantial commitment by key leaders in the NHS to the aims and values of People Centred Healthcare and, through the University of Stirling, to bringing together healthcare leaders, academics, patients and the public to find ways to improve the health and welfare of people, as individuals, as groups, as communities and as populations both in Scotland and in other parts of the world.”

Notes to editors:

The Stirling Institute for People-Centred Healthcare Management is dedicated to seeking action and learning that empowers all those who need, use or produce healthcare, both in Scotland and Internationally.

Currently developing future senior managers of NHS Scotland through its Management Training Scheme Masters programme, the Institute is also working internationally. It has secured a three year deal to develop a global health partnership to address the unique issues and challenges of remote and rural healthcare workers in rural Ghana and rural Scotland.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Mike Walsh, 01786 467322, or email
Images of all three honorary professors are available on request. Call Trudy Whyle, Communications Officer, on: 01786 466687 or email:

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