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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

3rd Meeting of the 186th Session (2006-2007)

"The Cost of Ill-Health"

Professor James Barbour OBE
NHS Lothian Chief Executive

In the Wolfson Suite, Ground Floor
Edinburgh University Library
George Square, Edinburgh
On Monday 4th December 2006, at 7pm

Professor Barbour will outline the current picture of healthcare in Scotland within the context of the UK and Europe, explaining the hidden costs of poor health and health inequalities. He will discuss the policy context and initiatives against which these issues are being tackled and point the way as to how future healthcare will be delivered and how this will lead to the closing of the health inequalities gap.

Professor Barbour was educated at Madras College, St Andrews and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow where he gained a BA Joint Honours degree in politics, sociology and economics.

Having first worked in the NHS as a hospital porter he entered the Graduate Management Training Scheme in 1977 and subsequently worked in posts in Glasgow, at the Great Ormond Street Group of Hospitals in London, Manchester and Aberdeen. He was a first wave General Manager in 1986 and created Scotland's first NHS Trust in 1991. In 1994 he was invited to become Chief Executive of Central Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust and four years later joined Sheffield Health Authority as Chief Executive. Since August 2001 he has been Chief Executive of NHS Lothian.

He is a regular speaker at national conferences and has led work in Canada, Argentina and China.

Professor Barbour has a membership in Health Services Management, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen since 1992. He was awarded an OBE in 1992 for services to the NHS and in 2002 was awarded an honorary professorship in health policy from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.

Location of meeting

Society Business

The President, Professor Anthony Busuttil, will be in the Chair

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
Telephone: 0131 556 2161

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