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Green Templeton College | Oxford

Joe Calabrese has been appointed the first Green Templeton Cannon Fellow and formally takes up his position in January 2010.

The Fellowship has been funded for three years by the Cannon Foundation to explore the relationship between patient experience and health policy.

Joe will work closely with the Health Experiences Research Group in the University's Department of Primary Health Care to develop a programme exploring how evidence from patient experience research can be better incorporated into policy-making and health practice.

"The importance of designing healthcare to be patient-centred is widely recognised, and improving the quality of patient experience is now a central plank of government policy," explains Joe. "However, this remains an under-researched area so this Fellowship offers a fantastic opportunity to rectify that situation.

"We are delighted to be funding the Cannon Fellowship at GTC and hope Joe's research will influence health policy and practice on a global scale, with a real and immediate impact on the lives of patients,"adds Michael Cannon, Chairman, The Cannon Foundation.

He will also contribute towards the current plans to develop an academic Health Experiences Institute, a joint initiative between GTC and the Department of Primary Health Care.

Joe's background is in medical anthropology and psychology, and he has previously researched and taught at Harvard, Chicago and University College London.