Professor Martin Roland CBE is Emeritus Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge. With a professional background in general practice, he is one of the UK’s most respected health service researchers with nearly 300 peer reviewed research articles and lifetime research grant income of over £60 million.
Professor Martin Roland CBE is Emeritus Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge. Professor Roland trained in clinical medicine at the University of Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate. Following residency training for family medicine, he worked in London and in Cambridge before moving to the Chair in General Practice in the University of Manchester in 1992. In 1994, he established and subsequently became Director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. In 2009, he moved to the Chair of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge and created the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research which he directed until his retirement in 2016. With a professional background in general practice and 35 years’ experience as a practising GP, Professor Roland is one of the UK’s most respected health service researchers> he has nearly 300 peer reviewed research articles and lifetime research grant income of over £60 million.
In 2015 Professor Roland chaired the Commission on the Future Primary Care Workforce which was established by the Secretary of State for England. The Commission’s report ‘The Future of Primary Care: Creating Teams for Tomorrow” was published in 2015 and includes recommendations for an expanded multi-disciplinary primary care workforce, expansion of GP federations and networks to enable general practice to operate at larger scale, closer relationships with specialists, and expanded IT links between primary care, community care and specialists. These were largely taken up in NHS England’s 2016 ‘General Practice Forward View.
Dr Roland’s main areas of research interest are developing methods of measuring quality of care, and evaluating interventions to improve care including pay for performance and most recently the measurement of patient experience. His previous areas of research include back pain, specialist referrals, out of hours care, and nurse practitioners in primary care.
Professor Roland is a Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge where he has responsibility for the New Hall Art Collection – the largest collection of art by contemporary women artists in Europe.
Honours and distinctions
- 1994 FRCGP
- 2000 F.Med.Sci
- 2001 FRCP
- 2003 CBE for Services to Medicine
Professor Roland’s lecture on “The History of NHS Politics
Roland M. Linking physician pay to quality of care: a major experiment in the UK. New England Journal of Medicine 2004; 351: 1448-54.
Higashi T, Wenger N, Adams J, Fung C, Roland M, McGlynn E, Reeves D, Asch S, Kerr A, Shekelle P. Relationship between number of medical conditions and quality of care New England Journal of Medicine 2007; 356: 2496-504 link
Campbell S, Reeves D, Kontopantelis E, Sibbald B, Roland M. Quality of primary care in England with the introduction of pay for performance. New England Journal of Medicine 2007; 357:181-190 link
Doran T, Fullwood C, Reeves D, Gravelle H, Roland M Exclusion of patients from pay-for-performance targets by English physicians. New England Journal of Medicine 2008; 359: 274-84 link
Campbell SM, Reeves D, Kontopantelis E, Sibbald B, Roland M. Effects of pay-for-performance on the quality of primary care in England. New England Journal of Medicine 2009; 361: 368-78. link
Roland M, Rosen R. Healthcare reform: the English NHS embarks on bold but risky market-style reforms New England Journal of Medicine 2011; 364: 1360-66 link
Sutton M, Nikolova S, Boaden R, Lester H, McDonald R, Roland M. Reduced mortality with hospital pay for performance in England. New England Journal of Medicine 2012; 367: 1821-28. link
Roland M, Campbell S. Successes and Failures of the United Kingdom’s Pay for Performance Program. New England Journal of Medicine 2014; 370:1944-1949 link
Kristensen SR, Meacock R, Turner AJ, Boaden R, McDonald R, Roland M, Sutton M. Long-term effect of hospital pay for performance on mortality in England. New England Journal of Medicine 2014; 371(6): 540-8 link