Imperial College London

Michael Macdonnell

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Teaching Fellow



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Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Global Health Innovation

Michael is Director of the Strategy Group at NHS England.  Following publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View, he leads a team responsible for driving the implementation of its core commitments: to radically upgrade prevention, redesign care and restore the NHS to long term financial sustainability.   

Michael was previously a director of the World Innovation Summit for Health or WISH (and its forerunner, the Global Health Policy Summit).  WISH is a new initiative spearheaded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, and Professor the Rt Hon Lord Darzi of Denham, KBE.  Its objective is to catalyse and support a global community of health innovators. Launched on 1 August 2013 at the Guildhall in London, it brought together over 500 health leaders from over 40 countries.  The Summit also saw the publication of six new reports on some of the biggest challenges in healthcare (which can be downloaded at as well as a Lancet commission on Technologies for Global Health (see  Now established as an annual event, the second Summit will take place in Doha in December 2013.   

Michael remains an Honorary Fellow at the Institute where he takes a particular interest in health service innovation and how it is diffused.  He also teaches on the Centre for Health Policy’s MSc in Health Policy and the BSc in Global Health.

Previously Michael was an advisor at the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit under Tony Blair and a strategy consultant.  Michael is a regular contributor to the Guardian, The Sunday Times, Health Service Journal, The Huffington Post and other publications on the subjects of health and public sector reform.

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Macdonnell M, Darzi A, 2013, A Key To Slower Health Spending Growth Worldwide Will Be Unlocking Innovation To Reduce The Labor-Intensity Of Care, Health Affairs, Vol:32, ISSN:0278-2715, Pages:653-660

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