Professor Richard Baker

Professor Emeritus

School/Department: Population Health Sciences, Department of

Telephone: +44 (0)778 837 5614



First Head of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester, 2003 - 2010

Director of the NIHR CLAHRC for LNR, 2008 - 2013

An academic general practitioner with continuing research interests in the effect of primary health care on population mortality. Past research has focused on the quality of care, and included methods of clinical audit, clinical governance, and guideline development and implementation. Research has also been undertaken on patients' experiences of health care, a field of work that gave rise to investigation of continuity in primary health care.

General practitioner in Cheltenham 1977 to 1992, and then in Leicester City 1992 to 2013.


Past research has included implementation methods and the quality of care, and delivery of primary health care. Much of this work has been funded by NIHR.

Expertise in the investigation of serious adverse events in health care and research into the effect of primary health care on population mortality.


Baker R, Freeman GK, Haggerty JL, Bankart MJ, Nockels KH. Primary medical care continuity and patient mortality: a systematic review. British Journal of General Practice 2020; 70 (698): e600-e611. DOI:

Levene LS, Baker R, Bankart J, Walker N, Wilson A. Socioeconomic deprivation scores as predictors of variations in NHS practice payments: a longitudinal study of English general practices 2013-2017. British Journal of General Practice 2019; 69 (685): e546-e554. DOI:

Baker R, Honeyford K, Levene LS, Mainous AG III, Jones DR, Bankart MJ, Stokes T. Population characteristics, mechanisms of primary care and premature mortality in England: a cross sectional study. BMJ Open 2016;6:e009981

Wilson A, Baker R, Bankart J, et al. Understanding variation in unplanned admissions of people aged 85 and over: a systems based approach. BMJ Open 2019;9:e026405. oi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026405

Baker R, Wilson A, Nockels K, Agarwal S, Modi P, Bankart J. Levels of detection of hypertension in primary medical care and interventions to improve detection: a systematic review of the evidence since 2000. BMJ Open. 2018;8(3):e019965. Published 2018 Mar 22. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019965

Levene LS, Baker R, Walker N, Williams C, Wilson A, Bankart J. Predicting declines in perceived relationship continuity using practice deprivation scores: a longitudinal study in primary care. Br J Gen Pract. 2018 Jun;68(671):e420-e426. doi: 10.3399/bjgp18X696209. Epub 2018 May 8. PMID: 29739778; PMCID: PMC6002014.

Levene LS, Baker R, Wilson A, et al. Population health needs as predictors of variations in NHS practice payments: a cross-sectional study of English general
practices in 2013–2014 and 2014–2015. Br J Gen Pract 2017; DOI:

Levene LS, Bankart J, Walker N, et al. How health care may modify the effects of illness determinants on population outcomes: the Leicester SEARCH conceptual
framework for primary care. BJGP Open 2018; DOI:

Plus over 230 other peer reviewed papers, various other papers, reports and books.


I contribute to the MSc in Quality and Safety.

The first rule of quality and safety in health care is: understand your outcomes. This involves (1) deciding what are the 2-5 key outcomes of your, or your team's or organization's work; (2) collecting information about these outcomes and developing ideas that explain the observed performance; and (3) devising and evaluating ways to improve the outcomes if this is possible.








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