Ross Millar

Lecturer

Health Services Management Centre

Ross Millar

Contact details

School of Social Policy, HSMC
Park House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2RT, United Kingdom

About

Ross is a Lecturer at HSMC. He joined in 2008 after completing his doctoral research studying service improvement tools and techniques at the University of Manchester. Since arriving, his research interests have reflected being involved in a variety of projects analysing the reform of health and social care. These include understanding the nature and impact of ‘quasi’ market reform, the promotion of social enterprise forms of service provision and the study of hospital governance, particularly related to quality and safety. Ross draws on a variety of ideas and frameworks to make sense of these developments that are rooted in the traditions of public policy, political science and organisation studies. His teaching also reflects these interests with contributions to courses on health and healthcare policy, quality improvement, innovation and researching social policy.

Qualifications

  • PhD Social Policy and Social Work, University of Manchester (2009)
  • MRes Health and Community, University of Manchester (2003
  • B.Soc.Sci (Hons) Social Policy, University of Manchester (2002)

Biography

Ross arrived at HSMC in 2008 after completing his doctoral research in healthcare service improvement at the University of Manchester. At HSMC, he has been involved in a variety of policy evaluations that include examining the impact of market based reform, the promotion of social enterprise in health and social care and more recently the study of hospital board governance of patient safety.

This research experience has led Ross to be particularly interested in making sense of the experiences and practices of those delivering healthcare services. In doing so, he draws on a variety of theoretical frameworks and traditions emanating from public policy, political science and organisation studies. Ross also has an interest in the application and development of research methodologies and techniques, particularly those drawing on interpretive and realist perspectives.

Ross is currently a module coordinator for Health and Healthcare Policy at HSMC and contributes to courses on quality and service improvement.

He is a Section Editor for Journal of Health Organization and Management.

Current projects include:

  • Effective Board Governance of Safe Care: An investigation into the relationship between Trust Board practice and patient safety in NHS hospital Trusts (NIHR SDO programme).

Previous projects include:

  • An evaluation of the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in Health and Social Care (Department of Health Policy Research Programme).
  • An investigation into the impact of the health reforms in England (Department of Health Policy Research Programme).

Research

  • Health care reform
  • Social enterprise and social entrepreneurship
  • Quality improvement
  • Healthcare policy analysis
  • Interpretive and realist methodologies

Publications

McLeod, H. Millar, R. Goodwin, N. and Powell, M. (2014) Perspectives on the policy ‘black box’: a comparative case study of orthopaedic services in England, Health Economics, Policy and LawAvailable on CJO 2014 DOI: 10.1017/S1744133114000048.

Millar, R., Mannion, R., Freeman, T. and Davies, H. (2013) Hospital Board Oversight of Quality and Patient Safety: A Narrative Review and Synthesis of Recent Empirical Research, The Milbank Quarterly, Vol. 91 (4) 738–770.

Millar, R. (2013) ‘Framing quality improvement tools and techniques in healthcare: the case of Improvement Leaders’ Guides’. Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol 27 (2) pp. 209-224

Alcock, P., Millar, R., Hall, K., Lyon, F., Nicholls, A. and Gabriel, M. (2012) Start up and growth: National Evaluation of the Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF). Report submitted to the Department of Health Policy Research Programme. Birmingham: Third Sector Research Centre; & Health Service Management Centre; University of Birmingham.
http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/Research/SEIFEvaluation/tabid/757/Default.aspx

Millar, R., Hall, K. & Miller, R. (in press) (2012) A story of strategic change: Becoming a social enterprise in English health and social care. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19420676.2012.694371

Millar, R. & Hall, K. (in press) (2012) Social Return on Investment (SROI) and Performance Measurement: The Opportunities and Barriers for Social Enterprises in Health and Social Care. Public Management Review.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14719037.2012.698857

Millar, R., Mulla, A. & Powell, M. (2012) Delivering reform in English healthcare: an ideational perspective. Public Policy & Administration
http://ppa.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/07/12/0952076712452289.abstract?rss=1 

Hall, K., Alcock, P. & Millar, R. (2012) Start Up and Sustainability: Marketisation and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in England. Journal of Social Policy, 41(4): 733-749
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8680621

Miller, R., Hall, K. & Millar, R. (2012) Right to Request Social Enterprises: a welcome addition to Third Sector delivery of health care? Voluntary Sector Review, 3(2): 275-285
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/vsr/2012/00000003/00000002/art00009

Millar, R. (2012) Social Enterprise in Health Organization and Management: hybridity or homogeneity? Journal of Health Organization & Management, 26(2): 143-148 
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1477-7266&volume=26&issue=2&articleid=17032048&show=html

Hall, K., Miller, R. & Millar, R. (2012) Jumped or pushed: What motivates NHS staff to set up a social enterprise? Social Enterprise Journal, 8(1): 49-62
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1750-8614&volume=8&issue=1&articleid=17032303&show=abstract

Miller, R. Millar, R. & Hall, K. (2012) New development: Spin-outs and social enterprise: the ‘right to request’ programme for health and social care services. Public Money & Management, 32(3): 233-236
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09540962.2012.676283

Millar, R. Powell, M. & Dixon, A. (2012) What was the programme theory of New Labour’s Health System Reforms? Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 17(S1): 7–15
http://jhsrp.rsmjournals.com/content/17/suppl_1/7.full?sid=5e05aee5-6970-4332-ad59-2d370ae5c8f6

Hall, K. & Millar, R. (2011) The Social Enterprise Investment Fund: Unlocking health and social care? Public Servant [online]
http://www.publicservice.co.uk/feature_story.asp?id=18042 Accessed 5 December 2012

Dickinson, H., Millar, R. & West, M. (eds.) (2011) Mind the gap: policy and practice in healthcare reform. Journal of Health Organization & Management, 25(3): 244-246
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1477-7266&volume=25&issue=3&articleid=1937085&show=html

Powell, M., Millar, R., Mulla, A., Brown, H., Fewtrell, C., McLeod, H., Goodwin, N., Dixon, A. & Naylor, C. (2011) Comparative case studies of health reform in England: Final Report. Report submitted to the Department of Health Policy Research Programme. Birmingham: Health Service Management Centre; University of Birmingham.
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/HSMC/publications/2010/health-reform-england.pdf

Millar, R., Snelling, I. & Brown, H. (2011) Liberating the NHS: orders of change? HSMC Policy Paper 11. Birmingham: Health Service Management Centre; University of Birmingham.
http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/806/

Miller, R. & Millar, R. (2011) Social enterprise spin-outs from the English health service: a right to request but was anyone listening? TSRC Working Paper 52. Birmingham: Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham. 
http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/786/1/WP52_A_right_to_request_-_Miller%2C_Miller_Jan_2011.pdf

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