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Professor Geoffrey Meads is Professor of Wellbeing Research in the University's Health and Wellbeing Research Group. He is an organisational sociologist with extensive experience of policy and practice in primary and community care. His publications in these subject areas have focused on innovations in general practice and inter-professional developments across health and social care. Previously a NHS regional director and health authority chief executive he was closely involved in drafting central strategies for primary care oriented commissioning and, in recent years, his publications have sought to identify the transferable learning from parallel developments in primary health care internationally, including case studies in 34 other countries. Recent articles have examined the rapid expansion of frontline Wellbeing service outlets; the role of faith related social ebnterprises; and the institutional capacity for relevant health management research of UK higher education.

Geoffrey trained as a social worker and was originally a probation officer in Hampshire. Previously Professor of International Health Studies at Warwick Medical School and Professor of Health Service Development at City University, he is now an editor for the NIHR Scientific Journals series and a member of the Winchester Deanery Synod. He is a Doctoral external examiner for Bath Uniiversity.

Areas of expertise

  • Primary and community care agencies
  • Organisational development and trend analysis, including typologies and modelling
  • Transferable learning applied research methods, including participant observation and action research approaches
  • International health systems and policy developments
  • Scientific and management reviews


Since 2001:


  • MEADS, G. (2006) Primary care in the twentyfirst century. An international perspective.
    Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing
  • MEADS, G., ASHCROFT, J., BARR, H. et al. (2005) The case for interprofessional collaboration: in health and social care. Oxford: Blackwell Sciences
  • MEADS, G. and GILLAM, S. (2001) Modernisation and the future of General Practice. London: Kings Fund Publications
  • MEADS, G., MEADS, P. et al. (2001) Trust in Experience. Transferable learning for primary care Trusts. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press

Book chapters

  • MEADS, G. (2008) ‘Learning from other countries.’ In: Medical education and training from theory to delivery. ed. by Carter, Y. and Jackson, N. Oxford: Oxford University Press:
  • MEADS, G. and WILD, A. (2006) ‘Practice teaching in a global world.’ In: Practice learning: perspectives on globalisation, citizenship and cultural change. ed. by Ixer, G. Brighton: Whiting and Birch: 11-24
  • MEADS, G. (2005) ‘Family Medicine: future issues and perspectives.’ In: Family Medicine at the Dawn of the 21st Century. ed. by Garcia-Pena, C., Duran, L. et al. Mexico City: Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social: 17-34
  • MEADS, G. and IWAMI, M. (2005) ‘Health care systems and Development.’ In: Handbook of International Development Governance. ed. by Huque, A. and Zafarullah, H. New York: Marcel Dekker: Chapter 44
  • MEADS, G. (2004) ‘New primary care policies: From Professions to Professionalism.’ In: Interprofessional collaboration. ed. by Leathard, A. London: Brunner-Routledge: 133-145
  • MEADS, G. (2003) Foreword. In: Primary care in the UK. ed. by Peckham, S. and Exworthy, M. Basingstoke: Palgate: xii-xiii
  • MEADS, G., WINKLER, F. and CRAMP, D. (2001) ‘Looking ahead.’ In: Trust in Experience. Transferable learning for Primary Care Trusts. ed. by Meads, G. and Meads, P. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press: 217-238
  • MEADS, G. and MEADS, P. (2001) ‘Policy into Practice.’ In: Trust in Experience. Transferable learning for Primary Care Trusts. ed. by Meads, G. and Meads, P. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press: 1-45

Research articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • MEADS, G. (forthcoming 2017) From pastoral care to public health: an ethnographic case study of collaborative governance in a local food bank, Open Public Health Journal.
  • MEADS, G. (2016) Wellbeing agencies in the High Street: the rebirth of primary health care? Open Public Health Journal, 9.
  • MEADS, G., LEES, A., TAPSON, C. (2016) Creational narratives for new housing communities: evidence synthesis. Housing, Care and Support, 19 (3/4).
  • MEADS, G., RUSSELL, G., LEES, A. (2016) Community governance in primary care: towards an ideal type. International Journal of Health Planning and Management (Published online in Wiley Online Library, DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2360).
  • TURNER,S., MEADS, G., GARFIELD-BIRKBECK, S. (2013) International health management research: a two way street for the UK. International Journal of Advances in Management Sciences 2(3), 87-91.
  • MEADS,G., WHITE, D., WESTMORE, M. (2012) The capacity of health services research to support integrated care in England. Journal of Integrated Care 20(1), 270-283.
  • AYTON, A., MEADS,G.(2012) the implementation of the Care Programme Approach in the West Midlands CAMHS: the impact of organisational diversity on patient safety. International Journal of Clinical Leadership 17, 1-16.
  • MEADS, G., CHATTING,D., BURGESS,A., et al. (2012) A research guide to CCG management. British Journal of Healthcare Management 18(4), 198- 202.
  • MEADS, G. (2009) The organisation of primary care in Europe: agenda. Quality in Primary Care 17, 133-144.
  • MEADS, G. (2009) The organisation of primary care in Europe: trends. Quality in Primary Care 17, 143-153.
  • MEADS, G., JONES, I., HARRISON, R. et al. (2009) How to sustain interprofessional learning and practice: messages for higher education and health and social care management. Journal of Education and Work 22(1), 67-79.
  • THOMAS, P., MEADS, G., MOUSTAFA, A. et al. (2008) ‘Combined horizontal and vertical integration of care a goal of practice based commissioning.’ Quality in Primary Care 16, 425-432.
  • MEADS, G., LATTIMER, V., BURGESS, A. (2008) ‘Urgent health care networks.’ Primary Health Care Research and Development 9, 109-112
  • MEADS, G., GRIFFITHS, F., GOODE, S., et al. (2007) ‘Lessons from local engagement in Latin American health systems.’ Health Expectations 10, 407-418
  • MEADS, G., WILD, A., GRIFFITHS, F., et al. (2006) ‘The management of new primary care organisations: an international perspective.’ Health Services Management Research 9, 166-173
  • MEADS, G. ‘Finland: world class primary care.’ (2006) Quality in Primary Care 14, 107-110
  • MEADS, G., IWAMI, M., WILD, A. (2005) ‘Transferable learning from international primary care developments.’ International Journal for Health Planning and Management 20, 253-267
  • WILD, A. and MEADS, G. (2005) ‘Practice teaching in a global world.’ International Journal of Practice Teaching 5, (3) 5-19
  • SPENCER, A., RILEY, A. J., CARTER, H., UNDERWOOD, M., MEADS, G., McGUIRE, A. (2005) ‘Costs and consequences of Personal Medical Services (PMS): a case study approach to the national evaluation of PMS in the UK.’ Primary Health Care Research and Development 6, 232-243
  • MEADS, G., GRIFFITHS, F., WILD, A., et al. (2005) ‘International lessons for new organisational practice in primary care.’ Seguridad Social Journal 252, 1-10
  • MEADS, G., RILEY, A. J., HARDING, G., et al. (2004) ‘Personal Medical Services: local organisational developments.’ Primary Health Care Research and Development 5, (3) 193-201
    MEADS, G., CHESTERMAN, D., GOOSEY, D., et al. (2003) ‘Practice into theory: learning to facilitate new Health and Social Care Partnerships in London.’ Learning in Health and Social Care 3, (2) 123-136
  • MEADS, G., RILEY, A., HARDING, G., et al. (2003) ‘New organisational developments for primary health care in the United Kingdom.’ Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences 1, (2) 57-64
  • RILEY, A., HARDING, G., MEADS, G., et al. (2003) ‘An evaluation of Personal Medical Services: the times they are a changin’.’ Journal of Interprofessional Care 17, (2) 127-139

Research reports and monographs

  • ZENYEGA,S., MEADS,G. (2013) Four years since its introduction where is Choose and Book (C&B). Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany
  • LATTIMER, V., MEADS, G., SALISBURY, C. et al. (2009) Changes in the UK urgent health care workforce. National Institute for Health Research, Southampton.
  • MEADS, G. (2008) The organisation of primary care in Europe. European Forum for Primary Care. Utrecht, Netherlands
  • MEADS, G. (2006) Creating an NHS Interprofessional Workforce. Evaluation of sustainable cultural change. UK Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education. London
  • MEADS, G. (2005) PCT / NGO Relationships in the UK and elsewhere. NETWORK/Towards Unity for Health. Maastricht, Netherlands
  • MEADS, G., IWAMI, M., WILD, A., et al. (2004) International primary care developments. The transferable learning. Centre for Primary Health Care Studies. University of Warwick
  • CARTER, Y., CURTIS, S., HARDING, G., MAGUIRE, A., MEADS, G., et al. (2004) National evaluation of Personal Medical Services: addressing inequalities. London: Barts and London, Queen Mary Medical School, Department of Primary Care
  • SHAW, S., PETCHEY, R., MEADS, G., et al. (2002) Primary Care Groups, Primary Care Trusts and referrals. Interim Report. NHS Executive and National Institute for Clinical Excellence


  • MEADS, G. and SHAW S. (2010) ‘Integrated primary care in an integrated Europe’. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 11(2), 105-107.
  • MEADS, G. (2006)‘The organisational research agenda for contemporary primary care.’ Primary Health Care Research and Development , 7(4) 1-3.
  • MEADS, G. (2002) ‘Scottish community hospitals through a multi-national perspective.’ Health and Community Care Journal 1, (4) 10-11
  • MEADS, G. (2001) ‘Rediscovering Community Hospitals.’ British Journal of General Practice Feb, (51) 91-92

Other articles and reviews

  • MEADS G, Russell G, Lees A. (2016) Community governance in primary health care. Towards an ideal type. International Journal of Health Planning and Management
  • MEADS, G. (2010) ‘Involving local people to improve services: commentary.’ British Journal of Healthcare Management 16(1) 16-17
  • MEADS, G. (2006) ‘New relationships for UK primary care professionals.’ TUFH/Network Newsletter, March
  • MEADS, G. and IWAMI, M. (2005) ‘Latin lessons may hold the key for public participation.’ Primary Care Report 7, (6) 14-15
  • MEADS, G. and WAKIDA, P. (2005) ‘How Uganda’s Decentralisation has shifted the balance.’ Primary Care Report 7, (2) 14-17
  • MEADS, G. (2004) ‘Lessons from South Africa’s Struggle.’ Primary Care Report 6, (19) 16-19
  • MEADS, G. and STUTTAFORD, M. (2004) ‘Change in China: where now for primary care?’ Primary Care Report 6, (13) 10-13
  • MEADS, G. (2004) ‘Development of Community Hospitals.’ Participate 7, 4
  • MEADS, G. and WILD, A. (2004) ‘Mental health: how global lessons can stimulate local solutions.’ Primary Care Report 6, (3) 14-16
  • MEADS, G., WILD, A. and IWAMI, M. (2003) ‘Different systems, same issues.’ Primary Care Report 5, (16) 14-19
  • MEADS, G. (2003) ‘Up the Greek: mixed funding, mixed blessings.’ Primary Care Report 5, (14) 20-25
  • MEADS, G. (2003) ‘PCTs as Laboratories of Change notes from small countries.’ Primary Care Report 5, (9) 19-21
  • MEADS, G. (2003) ‘Modernising Multiprofessional Education.’ The Network: TUFH Newsletter 22, (1) 17-18
  • MEADS, G. and WILD, A. (2003) ‘Has decentralisation of Primary Care finally run its course?’ Primary Care Report 5, (7) 30-32
  • MEADS, G. and WILD, A. (2003) ‘Collaborating on Community Hospitals Research.’ Scottish Association of Community Hospitals Newsletter 15, 2
  • MEADS, G. and IWAMI, M. (2003) ‘Latin lessons give a grassroots insight.’ Primary Care Report 5, (2) 17-20
  • MEADS, G. and WILD, A. (2002) ‘International Primary Care.’ Participate 4, 2
  • MEADS, G. (2002) ‘Communicating with dying people and their relatives.’ International Journal of Integrated Care 2, 18 October (Book Review)
  • MEADS, G. (2002) ‘Out of Africa: lessons for PCOs.’ Primary Care Report 4, (18) 28-29
  • MEADS, G. (2002) ‘This book points the way forward for PMS Pilots.’ Primary Care Report 4, (1) 47
  • MEADS, G. and RILEY, A. (2001) ‘Postcards from the 21st Century. At the end of the tunnel.’ British Journal of General Practice March 51, 246-247
  • MEADS, G. (2001) ‘Out with the new in with the old.’ Primary Care Report 3, (1) 34
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