Chair of the Prescription Steering Board
NHS Grampian/University of Aberdeen
Lewis Ritchie has been James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen since 1992 and is former Director of Public Health, NHS Grampian. He holds Chemistry and Medical Degrees from the University of Aberdeen and a Degree in Community Medicine from the University of Edinburgh. He previously served as a GP Principal at Peterhead Health Centre & Community Hospital. He has also served NHS Grampian in the past as Consultant/Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine.
He has contributed to the NHS in Scotland in a number of capacities, including as member or chair of national advisory committees to the Scottish Government. He presently chairs the Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (SMASAC), the Prescription for Excellence Steering Board and has recently been asked to lead a review of out-of-hours primary care services in Scotland. He was recently appointed to be the next Chairman of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.
His research and development interests include: cardiovascular prevention, immunisation, ehealth/telecare and development of new models of prevention and healthcare delivery. He has published a number of reports and wrote the book: Computers in Primary Care. He has a particular interest in promoting clinical professionalism and leadership within the health service.
He has received a number of professional awards for his contributions, including the Fellowship and Perry Prize of the British Computer Society, for his work on cardiovascular prevention. In 2001, he was appointed OBE for services to primary care and was subsequently knighted in 2011 for services to the NHS in Scotland.