Chris Salisbury is Professor of Primary Health Care at Bristol Medical School, UK, and a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. He studied medicine at the University of Bristol and became a full-time GP in Reading, UK. During his time in this position, he studied for a Masters degree in General Practice, and was a GP trainer and Postgraduate Tutor at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Professor Salisbury’s research interests include the ways healthcare should address the challenge of the growing number of people with multimorbidity. He is passionate about reducing health inequalities and improving care for the groups of patients in need, including the ageing population. In particular, he has an interest in improved opportunities for care of patients with complex, multiple problems, and strives to offer patients individual ‘whole-person’ care.

He has published five books and over 230 research papers on the topic of improved delivery of primary care. He conducted the first study of the epidemiology of multimorbidity in the UK, and published systematic reviews on the prevalence, outcomes and measurement of multimorbidity.

Professor Salisbury has developed and evaluated interventions to improve chronic disease management, including the largest ever trial of an intervention for patients with multimorbidity, known as ‘the 3D trial’. He has conducted several high-profile reviews of new models of care, such as changes in out-of-hours arrangements, NHS walk-in centres, GPs with special interests, telehealth for chronic disease management, and the potential of new forms of consultation such as e-consultations.

He has been a board member for the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Health Services & Delivery Research programme and the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Scientific Foundation Board and RCGP Research Paper of the Year Panel, as well as a member of several other national and international boards and advisory bodies. He has been a member of the NIHR Advanced Fellowships Panel and the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions established by the Richmond Group of Charities. In December 2018, he gave the prestigious James Mackenzie lecture at the RCGP Annual General Meeting, entitled ‘Designing health care for the people who need it’.

He regularly lectures on multimorbidity. He supervises Academic Foundation Doctors, Academic Clinical Fellows and PhD students interested in an academic career. He also advises and mentors a number of early-career academics from clinical and science backgrounds.