Expert on world health systems announces programme of public events

Monday 13 October 2014

Healthcare systems expert, Robin Gauld, takes up his new role in London as the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor this month. He will be based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London for 12 weeks from 1 October.

The Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, New Zealand, will give a series of free public lectures, analysing the movement of healthcare professionals between New Zealand and the UK, including the implications for healthcare managers and policy makers regarding budget, training, culture and clinical governance. They will be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King’s College London, NHS Employers Conference Room, Leeds, and at Senate House.

‘The NZ-UK Link Foundation visiting professorship has already established itself as a valuable means by which scholars and policymakers in the UK can benefit from the comparative perspective of distinguished counterparts from New Zealand,’ said Professor Philip Murphy, director of the School’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Deputy Dean of SAS.

‘Professor Gauld's lectures will extend this perspective to the key area of health policy. SAS provides a forum in which scholars from across the world can meet and exchange ideas, and we are delighted that Professor Gauld will be able to contribute to that dialogue.'

When accepting the appointment last spring, Professor Gauld, who was educated at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Hong Kong, said he was ‘deeply honoured’ to receive the award and wanted to explore what impact the flow of healthcare professionals between New Zealand and the UK has on defining and shaping healthcare in their adopted countries.

‘I plan to delve into important questions around how migrant professionals shape healthcare in their new land, such as what influences and improvements those from the NHS have brought to New Zealand and vice versa, and are there methods for enhancing the flow of knowledge migrant professionals offer,’ he added.

‘I look forward to the opportunity the visiting professorship provides to pursue these issues, and to contribute to current debates around NHS reform options.’

Professor Gauld is a highly respected authority on health systems and an award-winning author, with research interests that include comparative health policy, clinical governance and health information technology. Previously a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Health Policy Institute, he has lectured and held research posts at universities in Hong Kong, Texas and Harvard.

Sir Graeme Davies, Chairman of the NZ-UK Link Foundation said: ‘Professor Gauld's series of lectures is very timely in view of the current wide debate about the future of the NHS. He brings a wealth of experience and insight to bear on the critical issue of staffing and immigration policy.’

NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship programme of public lectures, October-November 2014:
22 October 2014, Arrive 17:30 for 18:00 start
The current English NHS reforms: what can be learned from NZ?
Jerry Morris Room, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH

29 October 2014, Arrive 16:00 for 16:30 start
Health & Social Care Workforce Migration: NZ – UK patterns and policy
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Level Six, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

18 November 2014, 11:00 – 12:00
The benefits of health workforce migration between New Zealand and the United Kingdom
Horizon, 2 Brewery Wharf, Kendell Street, Leeds LS10 1JR

27 November 2014, 18:00
Clinical governance and leadership: Invented in England, exported to NZ. NZ developments that can contribute to NHS England
Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Entry is free to all four lectures and all are welcome.

NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship programme of lectures October – November flyer [PDF]


Notes for editors:
1. For further information please contact Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London +44 (0)20 7862 8653 / Images available on request.

2. The Visiting Professors are chosen by a selection panel comprising NZ-UK Link Foundation Trustees and Professors at the University of London.

3. The NZ-UK Link Foundation is a registered charity whose primary objective is to make ‘an ongoing substantial contribution to the intellectual, educational, vocational and academic underpinning of the bilateral relationship in a changing world’.

4. The School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. The School brings together 10 prestigious research institutes to offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Historical Research, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights. Find out more at or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews

5. Each year the School welcomes around 170 visiting research fellows who benefit from its unique research resources and multidisciplinary scholarly community. In addition to visiting fellowship programmes, the School offers professorial, honorary and senior research fellowships. Through the hosting of these fellowships, the School fulfils its overall aims of enriching the research infrastructure of its national and international subject communities and other stakeholders.

6. Professor Robin Gauld has a PhD in public administration, and a master's degree with distinction and first class honours. He is also currently Director of the Centre for Health Systems, which spans the School of Business and the Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago, and a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Health Policy Institute. He has previously lectured and held research posts at the University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong, and taught at Harvard and the University of Texas. He has written articles and books on health policy and reforms, including The New Health Policy, which won first prize in the Health and Social Care category at the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards.