Dr. Jim Gardner

Lead for Postgraduate Studies

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA317

+44 (0) 1772 89 5426


Subject Areas: Medicine, Health

Jim is an experienced GP who is Deputy Head of the School of Medicine and leads on Work-based Learning. He has wide experience of clinical delivery and leadership roles across the health service. A former Medical Director and Responsible Officer for Revalidation of the Lancashire Area Team of NHS England, more recently he worked for an independent provider organisation delivering GP and unscheduled care services across England.

Jim has wide board-level experience of clinical leadership, governance, commissioning and service provision. He is a Non-Executive Director of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT and a Trustee of St. John’s Hospice in Lancaster.

Full Profile


BA. Medical Sciences. Cambridge University, 1985
BChir. Cambridge University and Guy’s Hospital, London, 1988
MA.MB. Cambridge University, 1989
DRCOG. Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1992
DFFP. Faculty of Family Planning, 1993
MRCGP. Royal College of General Practitioners, 1994
MA. Health Research – Lancaster University, 1998

Jim qualified as a doctor in 1988 from Cambridge University and Guy’s Hospital, London. After a series of junior doctor posts across England and Australia, Jim trained as a GP and became a partner in a successful 7000 patient practice in Kendal, Cumbria. During this time he was the founder chairman of an out-of-hours GP co-operative providing unscheduled care to the population of South Lakeland.

Jim became increasingly interested in medical leadership and health-service systems and in 2004 was awarded a Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority Public Health Fellowship. Jim subsequently left his partnership in Kendal to become the Medical Director of North Lancashire Primary Care Trust and then of the Lancashire PCT Cluster. In 2013 he became the Medical Director for the Lancashire Area Team of NHS England, overseeing the introduction of Revalidation for all of the GPs across Lancashire. Jim was a member of the NHS Top Leaders programme through 2011 – 2014.

Jim left NHS England in 2014 to work for an independent provider organisation as the Group Medical Director. In this role he led on clinical and integrated governance and acted as the Nominated Individual for the Group in relation to the Care Quality Commission.

In addition to working at the University, Jim is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is a Trustee of St John’s Hospice in Lancaster.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Head of work-based learning for the School of Medicine.

External Affiliations

  • Trustee of St John’s Hospice in Lancaster.
  • Non-executive Director, Blackpool teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


  • Registered with the General Medical Council.
  • Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP).


  • Chair of the Annual ELHT/UCLan Undergraduate Education Conference.