Aneez Esmail




Aneez qualified as a medical practitioner from Sheffield University in 1982. He completed training as a general practitioner in 1987 and as a public health physician in 1992. He obtained his PhD from the University of London in 1996.

Aneez works as a clinician in an inner city practice in Manchester (The Robert Darbishire Practice). He is a Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester and the Associate Vice-President for Equality and Diversity. He also directs the Masters in Public Heath Programme at the University.

He is recognised nationally for his research on discrimination in the medical profession (Racism). Much of the work that he has carried out in this area has resulted in significant changes in recruitment, selection and monitoring of the medical profession. This work was recognised internationally with the award of a Harkness Fellowship in 1997. During the Harkness Fellowship he spent a year as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Aneez is also a health services researcher based at National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. He has published extensively on areas related to public health and primary care. This includes work on prevention of cot deaths, epidemiology of solvent abuse, preventing paediatric admissions and evaluation of telemedicine (see Other publications for details of this work). He is also responsible for large area of work looking at patient safety in primary care (Safety).

Aneez has sat on several national working parties looking at the issue of racism in the medical profession, patient safety in primary care and on assessment of doctors. He was Head of the School of Primary Care at the University of Manchester, between 1996-2001. He was the only medical advisor to Dame Janet Smith, the appeal court judge who was Chairman of the Shipman Inquiry between 2001-2004. The work of the Shipman Inquiry was completed in January 2005 (Shipman Inquiry). He was co-chair of the BMA Equal Opportunities Committee between 2004-2007. He is an active trade unionist and was President of the Medical Practitioners Union (a trade union of doctors working in the NHS) between 1997-2003.

Aneez has a wealth of experience of senior management in academia, the NHS and active campaigning. He has a wide experience of using the media, writing articles, appearing on television and radio.

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