Dr Alistair Hewison PhD, MA, BSc, Cert ED (FE), RN

Senior Lecturer


Contact details

52 Pritchatts Road, School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT


Alistair Hewison has worked at the University of Birmingham since 2001 and undertaken a number of roles including Head of the School of Health Sciences, Head of Nursing and Director of Postgraduate Studies.  He has published widely on nursing, management and policy in scholarly journals and book chapters.

His background in health care as a charge nurse and manager informs his teaching and research in these areas and his current focus is on the redesign of services aimed at improving care. 

His involvement in a range of studies is centred on understanding how the organisation and management of services can improve care.  


  • PhD Sociology
  • MA Sociological Research Methods in Health Care
  • BSc Nursing Studies
  • Certificate in Education (FE)
  • Registered Nurse


Alistair qualified as a registered nurse from the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham in 1980. Following a number of staff nurse roles in a range of clinical specialties he worked as a Charge Nurse and Manager before moving into Nurse Education. 

He then worked as a Senior Lecturer in Health Care Management at Coventry University, later becoming Head of the Health Sciences Subject Group. Since joining the University of Birmingham he has developed his teaching and research activities in the management and organisation of care.


Teaching Programmes

Module Leadership

  • Globalisation and Comparative Health Systems (UG)
  • Public Health Management II (PG)

Other Teaching

Alistair also contributes to a wide range of other modules in the areas of management, quality, and policy.

Postgraduate supervision

Alistair is interested in  supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • The organisation and management of End-of-life care.
  • Nursing management-particularly in relation to the role of the ward manager.
  • Policy development and analysis in nursing. 

Current and recent supervision includes:

An investigation of the implementation of Scottish health policy to promote support for self-management in people with long-term conditions

The impact of global pressures on the reform of health care systems. 

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Alistair on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   



Health Services research

Alistair's research interests are focussed on health care management and policy, particularly in relation to nursing.   He is a member of the NIHR Birmingham and Black Country Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Theme 1 Team :From Structure to Function: Health Service Redesign. This is large scale investigation of organisational change in three NHS Acute Trusts (2008-2013). (http://medweb4.bham.ac.uk/websites/bcra/clahrc/index.htm

He is leading a tracer study on the organisation of end-of-life care in acute services.

Other current and recent funded projects include:

An Evaluation of Staff Engagement Programmes at Four NHS Trusts (5-7500243957698) (Shapiro J, Hewison A, Gale N, Mistry H, Yeats R, Sidoli K & Harwood A) Funded: NHS West Midlands. June 2010 

The impact of ethnicity in end of life care in nursing homes in HOBtPCT.  (Clifford C, Hewison A, Badger F & Clarke L) Funded HOBtPCT.  February 2010

Developing Leadership Action Learning Sets for Care Home Managers to Enhance the coordination and delivery of end-of-life care: An Action Research Study.  (Hewison A, Badger F. & Swani T.) Funded: NHS West Midlands. July 2009.

Leadership Development in Health Care Programmes (Hewison A & Badger F) Funded: NHS West Midlands. June 2009

African-Caribbean fathers’ health experiences and views about preventative primary care services within the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust. (Williams R & Hewison A) Funded: Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust. 2008.

Other activities

  • Editorial Board Member Journal of Nursing Management
  • Editor of Journal of Nursing Management 2007-2010.


Hewison A, Badger F and Swani T (2011) Leading end-of-life care: An action learning set approach in nursing homes. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 17 (3), 135-141.

Hewison A. (2011) Dignity as a policy issue in health care, In Dignity in Health care: a practical approach for nurses and midwives, M Matiti and L Baillie (eds), Radcliffe Press, Oxford. pp37-51. ISBN 9781846193903

Hewison A. (2010) The Management and Organisation of Health Care, In Sociology for Nurses, (Second Edition), E Denny and S Earle, (eds), Polity Press, Cambridge, pp. 311-332. ISBN 9780745646251.

Badger F, Shaw KL, Hewison A, Clifford C, Thomas K (2010) Gold Standard Framework in care homes and advance care planning. Palliative Medicine 24(4): 447-448.

Hewison A (2010) ‘Feeling the cold’: Implications for nurse managers arising from the financial pressures in health care in England. Journal of Nursing Management 18 (5), 520-525.

Wildman S. & Hewison A. (2009) Rediscovering a History of Nursing Management: From Nightingale to the Modern Matron. International Journal of Nursing Studies.  46 (12), 1650-1661.

Hewison A., Badger F, Clifford C & Thomas K (2009) Delivering 'Gold Standards' in end-of-life care in care homes; A question of teamwork. Journal of Clinical Nursing 18 (12), 1756-1765.

Hewison A. (2008) Evidence-Based Policy: Implications for nursing and policy involvement. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice 9 (4), 288-298

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