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Mairi Scott


Prof. Mairi Scott

Professor Mairi Scott is Professor of General Practice and Medical Education at the University of Dundee in the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing where she is also the College Lead for Internationalisation.

She is the Director of the Kuwait Scotland Health Innovation Network which delivers a Masters level programme in Diabetes Care, Education and Management for health care professionals in Kuwait. In addition she is the Director of the Professional Development Academy (PDA) created to provide consultancy support and post-graduate development programmes on all aspects of medical education, management and leadership, all to Masters Level. She is the head of Undergraduate teaching in General Practice in the School of Medicine and an Honorary Consultant and a General Practitioner with NHS Tayside.

Mairi was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland from 2003 until 2007 and represented General Practice on many working groups within NHS Scotland and the Scottish Executive/Government including the Kerr report (Building a Health Service Fit for the Future) and the white paper ‘Delivering for Health’. Along with Professor David Kerr she served on the Delivering for Health Implementation Board which reported to the Minister for Health. She built up strong working relationships with the Health Committee of the Scottish Parliament (giving formal evidence many times) and senior civil servants within the Scottish Executive Health Department. She led and shaped the development of ‘GP’s with Special Interests’ (GPwSI) in Scotland as a core element of service re-design and produced the planning document, Guidance on the Provision of Healthcare in a Community Setting in Scotland for Pandemic Influenza, at the request of the Minister for Health.

In the second half of 2008, Mairi Scott was appointed for four years as a member of the General Medical Council. (This appointment was made by the Appointments Commission following changes to legislation around Professional Regulatory Bodies.) Being a Council Member of the GMC provided the opportunity to contribute at the highest level to ensuring that all members of the medical profession have the necessary knowledge and skills to (Updated June 2014) deliver high standards of patient care. On completion of her term of office as a council member Mairi continues to work for the GMC as a Quality Improvement Framework assessor.

One of her most significant publications, with Professor David Kerr, was in the New England of Journal of Medicine on “British Lessons on Health Care Reform”. It was published at a critical time for USA health policy reforms and not only explored the benefits of a strong Primary Care sector but also suggested some key factors in developing this sector in other Health Care systems around the world.

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