Doug Russell qualified at Barts 1975. Choosing General Practice, he trained becoming a partner in 1980. He went on to become senior partner, trainer, Fundholder and Honorary lecturer in health informatics. He was invited to be independent medical adviser, then Head of GP Development for mid and west Wales before moving back to London in 2003 as Medical Director for Tower Hamlets PCT. He set up a praised GP appraisal programme, a dedicated multi-professional postgraduate education centre and secured £42 million recurring annual additional investment into general practice and primary care. Alongside this he assisted in performance management of failing practices and GPs. In 2011 he became medical director for NHS North Central London, producing a Strategy for Primary Care. He was involved in early Primary Care Networks. He maintained his own frontline clinical GP practice, from which he has now retired after 44 years, to live in North Norfolk age 70.
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