Emeritus Professor Brian Jarman FMedSci
Senior Research Investigator
School of Public Health
Emeritus Professor Brian Jarman
Brian Jarman was the Head of the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice and Head of the Division of Primary Care and Populations Health Sciences, Imperial College School of Medicine until October 1998 and remains within the Department in an Emeritus capacity.
He was President of the British Medical Association (from June 2003 until June 2004), and is part-time Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, USA, and Head of the Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College.
Professor Jarman read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, followed by a PhD in Geophysics at Imperial College, and then worked for Shell Oil Company as an exploration geophysicist in the Sahara and elsewhere.
After changing to medicine he did his MBBS at St Mary's Hospital Medical School and then worked at St Mary's, Harvard and elsewhere in hospital posts. He has pioneered work in the development of socio-economic indicators of health status (Under Privileged Area scores or Jarman Index). Part of his current work includes calculating adjusted hospital death rates in England, USA, Sweden and the Netherlands and helping hospitals to use the analyses to introduce improvements in care in order to reduce death rates.
He challenged the accepted ideas on the provision of beds in London and, following his special University Lecture at the invitation of Sir Colin Dollery, a Committee of Health Authority Chief Executives was formed to revise previous bed closure plans. He was European Editor of 'Journal Watch' (a sister publication of the New England Journal of Medicine) until 2004, and frequently participates in national and international advisory work as well as in the development of Medical Informatics.
He was a member of the London Strategic Review Panel, set up by the then Health Secretary, Frank Dobson, to advise the Department of Health on the development of hospitals, medical education and the research needs of London, which reported in February 1998. From 1999 to 2001 he was a panel member of the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry.