Meet the Team

Dr Samia Hasan – Programme Director

Samia Hasan has extensive primary care experience having worked as a GP for the past 14 years. The roles presently held by Dr Hasan are clinical, academic, research, strategic/leadership and commissioning.  She is a GP Partner at Parkview Practice. Her primary interest is to listen to patients and provide best evidence based care for their particular needs. She is a Programme Director for the Imperial GP Training Scheme which means she jointly runs the teaching programme at Imperial College for young doctors who are training to be GPs. She is passionate about teaching and patient care and thus ensuring that future doctors are able to connect with patients and understand not just their medical but psychosocial needs also. Dr Hasan is also the Primary Care Speciality Lead at the NIHR Clinical Research Network. This is the research delivery arm of the NHS, supporting a portfolio of over 5,000 clinical research studies.  The aim is to improve research activity in primary care/community to improve quality of care. She is also C2C Clinical Lead, Imperial College Health Partners. In addition, she is H&F Co-Opted CCG Board Member. As a commissioner, she fully understands the challenges and opportunities facing primary care today. Her success in achieving these goals is through partnership and engagement with patients and hence works with local communities.

Dr Martin Block – Programme Director

Martin is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for the Imperial GP Specialty Training Scheme. He is also a GP Partner and Trainer at a practice in York.

Martin joined the department in 2011 and had a key role in setting up the Imperial GP Training Scheme, the first in London to be based within an Academic Department of Primary Care, and has been a pioneer in strengthening the links between Academic Primary Care and GP Training.

Martin is a GP Partner at York Medical Group, a large partnership in the City of York that looks after 45000 patients. He is director of it’s education wing, YMG Learning and a GP Trainer and Undergraduate Tutor. Prior to that Martin spent 14 years as a GP Partner at Clapham Park Group Practice.

Alongside the above work, Martin has worked as a GP Federation Director in Lambeth, co-chair and clinical director of Lambeth Prime Ministers Challenge Fund (a £3.5M project to extend GP access in Lambeth) and chair of Lambeth Community Education Provider Network.

Martin is the co-author of two textbooks with Wiley Blackwell: GP Cases at a Glance and How to Pass the CSA exam.

Dr Aisha Newth – Programme Director

Aisha is a GP and Programme Director for the Imperial GP Vocational Training scheme. 

Aisha qualified from the university of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1998. She completed her GP training in London in 2004. 

Aisha has extensive experience in teaching having started working in the department of Primary Care at Imperial College in 2004 teaching communication skills.

She then went on to do a teaching fellow post where she developed GP teaching sessions during the Year 5 paediatrics attachment. 

Following this she ran the the year 5 General Practice and Primary Healthcare attachment where she helped to develop the course and introduce new teaching sessions, including a clinical reasoning session and a new patient project assessment. 

She then worked as Faculty Development Lead. In this role she was responsible for teaching, training and supporting our community teachers who teach across the undergraduate GP curriculum at Imperial College. She developed the TaCTIC and ASTIC training courses for GP teachers. She was an academic supervisor for the postgraduate trainees who are attached to the Department of Primary Care.

Aisha has a PGCERT in University Learning and Teaching from Imperial College and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

She works as a GP partner in Crown Street Surgery, Acton, west London where she is heavily involved in teaching and is a clinical supervisor for doctors in postgraduate training. The practice prides itself on being a beacon teaching practice with learners at all levels of training. Her current interests include near-peer teaching. 

Professor Azeem Majeed – Head of Department

I am Professor of Primary Care and Public Health, and Head of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London. I qualified at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff, Wales. I am accredited in both General Practice and Public Health Medicine. I began my academic career at St. George”s Hospital Medical School as a Lecturer in Epidemiology & Public Health Medicine. I was later promoted to Senior Lecturer in Primary Care. I then moved to a Senior Lecturer post at University College London, where I had a joint appointment between the School of Public Policy and the Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences. In 2000, I gained a five-year primary care senior scientist award, which allowed me to spend more time on research. I was promoted to Professor by University College London in 2002. I took up the post of Professor of Primary Care and Head of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London in 2004.

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