Professor Paul Corrigan gained his first degree in social policy from the LSE in 1969, his PhD at Durham in 1974. He is currently adjunct professor of public health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and of health policy at Imperial College London.
For the first 12 years of his working life he taught at Warwick University and the Polytechnic of North London. During this period he taught, researched and wrote about inner city social policy and community development. In 1985 he left academic life and became a senior manager in London local government and in 1997 he started to work as a public services management consultant. In 1998 he published Shakespeare on Management.
From July 2001 he worked as a special adviser to Alan Milburn first and then John Reid, the then Secretary of States for Health. At the end of 2005 he became the senior health policy adviser to the Prime Minister Tony Blair. Over these six years he was instrumental in developing all the major themes of NHS reform not only in terms of policy levers buy also in developing capacity throughout the NHS to use those levers.
Between June 2007 and March 2009 he was the director of strategy and commissioning at the London Strategic Health Authority.
Since then Paul has been working as a management consultant and an executive coach helping leaders within the NHS and internationally create and develop step changes within their organisation. In September 2011 he published a pamphlet “The hospital is dead Long live the Hospital” that was recognised by a leader in the Times as an important contribution to reform. He continues to argue the case for NHS reform. From July 2013 he has become a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission. In 2015 he is working with NHS England to help them develop the new models of care.