Katherine Checkland

Katherine Checkland, MBBS BMedSci MRCGP MA(Econ) PhD


Personal profile


I qualified as a GP in 1991, and still work 1 day a week in a rural practice in Derbyshire. My research is based in the Health Policy, Politics and Organisations (HiPPO) group within the Centre for Primary Care in the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care. The group's research focuses upon the interaction between health policy and organisations within the health service, with a focus on primary care. The research takes a qualitative approach, and the group have pioneered the use of observation within NHS organisations. I am a co-lead for the Primary Care theme of the Greater Manchester CLAHRC. I am also a tutor on the MPH/MRes course teaching Health Policy. I am research lead for the Division.


I qualified as a doctor in 1985, and subsequently trained as a GP. After 8 years in practice I decided to return to academic work, undertaking a Masters in Applied Social Research followed by a PhD. My PhD research focused upon the impact of National Service Framenworks in General Practcie, and took an organisational approach, focusing upon the nature of general practices as small organisations. My research has subsequently focused upon the impact of national health policy on primary care organisations, including individual practcies and Primary Care Trusts. I still work 1 days a week as a GP in a rural practice in Derbyshire.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners

Member of the Editorial Board of the BJGP

Member of the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Panel



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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