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Les Toop image MB ChB MD(Brist) MRCGP FRNZCGP

Tel +64 3 364 3604

Les is professor emeritus in the Department of General Practice. He also continues to work clinically in the same Christchurch practice he joined more than 35 years ago.

Les remains actively involved in health system redesign, in education, and in clinical governance. He is a long-term advocate for the promotion of rational, effective and patient-centred care, delivered though strong interdisciplinary teamwork.

As a past chair and currently as adviser, Les continues his long involvement with the Pegasus Health Charitable group of companies, one of New Zealand’s largest primary health network organisations. He was one of the leaders who developed the highly regarded Pegasus Health interdisciplinary continuing education programme which has been running successfully in many centres for more than three decades. He currently sits on the GPNZ national executive as well as on the leadership team of the Canterbury Clinical Network.

Current Research Interests

  • Interprofessional clinical education and interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Clinical variation
  • Rational Prescribing
  • Clinical indicators
  • Integration and system redesign


Bagshaw, P., Potter, J. D., Hornblow, A., Hudson, B., Toop, L., Nicholls, M. G., Frampton, C., Bagshaw, S., Gauld, R., & Frizelle, F. (2023). Assessment of unmet secondary elective healthcare need: Itself in need of acute care in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1569), 7-10. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Pigden, A., Stokes, T., Crengle, S., Dowell, T., Hudson, B., Toop, L., McBain, L., … Atmore, C. (2022). Developing a national primary care research network: A qualitative study of stakeholder views. Journal of Primary Health Care, 14(4), 338-344. doi: 10.1071/HC22081 Journal - Research Article

Aindow, S., Crossin, R., Toop, L., & Hudson, B. (2021). Managing the misuse potential and risk of psychological harm from gabapentinoids in primary care in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(4), 302-307. doi: 10.1071/hc21011 Journal - Research Other

Wilson, G., Windner, Z., Bidwell, S., Dowell, A., Toop, L., Savage, R., & Hudson, B. (2021). Navigating the health system during COVID-19: Primary care perspectives on delayed patient care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1546), 17-27. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Wilson, G., Windner, Z., Bidwell, S., Currie, O., Dowell, A., Halim, A. A., Toop, L., Savage, R., Ranaweera, U., Beadel, H., & Hudson, B. (2021). 'Here to stay': Changes to prescribing medication in general practice during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(3), 222-230. doi: 10.1071/hc21035 Journal - Research Article

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