Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the School, has been presented with the 2015 Donabedian International Award for his contribution to healthcare excellence at a ceremony in the Palau de la Música de Barcelona.
Each year, the Avedis Donabedian Foundation honours leaders in the field of quality in healthcare, both individuals and institutions that have made a substantial contribution to excellence. Previous recipients include Professors Julio Frenk and Barbara Starfield, Sir Michael Marmot and Sir Liam Donaldson and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare and the Cochrane Collaboration.
The Foundation noted how: “Professor McKee has an impressive record in health systems analysis and evaluation, especially in drawing attention to the challenges that all countries in Europe face in integrating health and social care and the responses that will be needed in the future.
“Prof McKee is a world leader in health systems and his leadership is evident in his crucial contributions that have provided new insights into the adverse health consequences of rapid social transition and his major research activities on the health effects of the financial crisis. His contributions on strategies for changing health care enlighten quality programs all over the world. For these reasons, he is an outstanding leader and advocate for quality in Healthcare.”
Prof McKee was founding director of ECOHOST, a centre at the School working on health and social change. It provides high quality evidence on the impacts of social change on health in the UK, Europe and globally through research, policy engagement and teaching. He is also head of research policy for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (hosted by ECOHOST), which is a partnership between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the World Bank, the European Commission, research institutions and a number of country governments.
His recent research includes studies into dehydration among patients admitted to hospital from care homes, and a world study revealing unmet need for treatment of heart disease in low and middle income countries.
Prof McKee said of the award: “It is a tremendous honour to achieve this recognition, which reflects not just my work but that of my incredible colleagues in ECOHOST and the European Observatory.”
Image: Prof Martin McKee receives the 2015 Donabedian International Award