Iestyn Williams

 

Senior Lecturer

Health Services Management Centre

Iestyn Williams

Contact details

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

About

Iestyn is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management, having joined HSMC from the Department of Health Economics in 2004. He is involved in a range of research, teaching and knowledge transfer work and has a broad methodogical experience and expertise. Current projects include an evaluation of a novel approach to public involvement in priority setting, and a national study of health care decommissioning.

Iestyn specialises in:

  • Priority setting
  • Health technology coverage decision-making
  • Decommissioning
  • Public value

Qualifications

His main qualifications are:

  • PhD Health Care Policy and Management, University of Birmingham (2009)
  • MPhil Cultural Studies and Sociology, University of Birmingham (2002)
  • BSocSc (1st) Media, Culture and Society, University of Birmingham (1995)

Biography

Iestyn's academic background is in Sociology which he studied at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Birmingham. Before joining HSMC, Iestyn worked in NHS management and prior to this spent five years in research and service development in the third sector. 

Current projects 

As joint head of the commissioning workstream at the Health Services Management Centre Iestyn leads a programme of research and development that has a national and international profile. This programme involves academic research, consultancy/knowledge transfer and bespoke postgraduate education. Iestyn also leads the department's work on priority setting and health technology coverage decision-making which includes research, teaching and a recent book. Current projects include: 

  • A national study into decommissioning in health care (funded by the National Institute for Health Research)
  • A literature review on the relationship between cost and quality in health care decision making (funded by the NHS Confederation)
  • Evaluation of ‘REACH UK’ – a deliberative methodology for involving the public in public health priority setting (funded by the University of Birmingham)

Publications

Books

Williams, I., Robinson, S. & Dickinson, H. (2012) Rationing in Health Care: the theory and practice of priority setting. Policy Press, Bristol.  

Book chapters  

Williams, I. & Bryan, S. (2012) Creating a receptive environment. In C. Mitton, S. Peacock & S. Bryan (eds.) Managing scarcity in health care: a handbook for decision makers. Longwoods Publishing (forthcoming).  

Bryan S. & Williams I. (2014) Adoption of New Technologies, Using Economic Evaluation. In: AJ. Culyer (ed.) Encyclopedia of Health Economics, Vol 1. San Diego: Elsevier, pp. 26-31.

Williams, I. (2011) Receptive contexts and the role of knowledge management in evidence-based practice. In J. Glasby (ed.) Evidence, Policy and Practice: critical perspectives in health and social care. Policy Press, Bristol pp.99-119.  

Williams, I. (2011) Allocating resources for health care: setting and managing priorities. In K. Walshe & J. Smith (eds.) Healthcare Management. (2nd ed) Open University Press/ McGraw Hill, Basingstoke.  

Williams, I. & Robinson, S. (2011) Priority setting and decision making. In J. Glasby (ed.) Commissioning for Health and Well-being: an introduction. Policy Press, Bristol.  

Refereed Journal articles

Miller, R., Williams, I., Allen, K. and Glasby, J. (2014) Evidence, insight, or intuition? Investment decisions in the commissioning of prevention services for older people, Journal of Care Services Management, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1750168714Y.0000000027

Robert, G., Harlock, J., and Williams, I. (2014) Disentangling rhetoric and reality: an international Delphi study of factors and processes that facilitate the successful implementation of decisions to decommission health care services, Implementation Science 9: 123. doi:10.1186/s13012-014-0123-y

Smith, N., Mitton, C., Davison, A., Williams, I. (forthcoming) A politics of priority setting: Ideas, Interests and Institutions in Healthcare Resource Allocation. Public Policy and Administration.

Williams, I., Phillips, D., Nicholson, C., Shearer, H. (2014) Evaluation of a deliberative approach to citizen involvement in health care priority setting. Leadership in Health Services, 27 (1), 5 – 19.

Durose, C., Dickinson, H., Richardson, L. and Williams, I. (2013) Dos and don’ts for involving citizens in the design and delivery of health and social care. Journal of Integrated Care, 21 (6), 26 – 335.

Williams, I, Bovaird, T, Brown, H, Allen, K, Dickinson, H, Kennedy, J and Glasby, J (2013), Designing whole-systems commissioning: lessons from the English experience, Journal of Care Services Management, 6(2), 83-92.

Daniels, T., Williams, I., Robinson, S. (2013) Tackling Disinvestment in Health Care Services: the views of resource allocators in the English NHS, Journal of Health Organisation and Management, 27 (6): 762 – 780. DOI 10.1108/JHOM-11-2012-0225  

Williams, I. (2013) Institutions and health care rationing: the example of health care coverage in the English National Health Service, Policy and Politics.  

Robinson, S, Williams, I et al (2012), The practice of priority setting and rationing in health care: the English Experience, Social Science and Medicine.  

Robinson, S., Dickinson, H., Freeman, T., Rumboldt, B. and Williams, I. (2012) Structures and processes for priority setting by healthcare funders: a national survey of primary care trusts in England. Health Services Management Research 25(3): 113-20.  

Lafi, R., Robinson, S., Williams, I. (2012) Economic evaluation and health care rationing in Jordan: a study of national-level priority setting. Value in Health    

McCafferty, S., Williams, I., Hunter, D., Robinson, S., Donaldson, C.& Bate, A. (2012) Implementing world class commissioning competencies. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 17: 40-48.  

Williams, I. (2012) Organisational readiness for innovation in health care: some lessons from the recent literature. Health Services Management Research, 24(4): 213-8.  

Dickinson, H., Williams, I., Freeman, T. & Robinson, S. (2012) Resource scarcity and priority setting: from management to leadership in the rationing of health care? Public Money and Management, 31(5): 363-370.  

Williams, I. & Shearer, H. (2011) Appraising Public Value: past, present and futures. Public Administration 89(4): 1367-1384.  

Williams, I., Dickinson, H., Robinson, S. (2011) Joined-up rationing? An analysis of priority setting in health and social care commissioning. Journal of Integrated Care 19(1): 3-11.  

Robinson, S., Dickinson, H., Freeman, T., Williams, I. (2011) Disinvestment in health: the challenges facing general practitioner (GP) commissioners. Public Money and Management 31(2) 145-148.  

Williams, I. and Glasby, J. (2010) Making 'what works' work: the use of knowledge in UK health and social care decision-making. Policy and Society. Advance online access doi10.1016/j.polsoc.2010.03.002.  

Williams, I. and Dickinson, H. (2010) Can knowledge management enhance technology adoption in health care? A review of the literature. Evidence & Policy 6(3): 309-31.  

Professional journals  

Needham, C., Sawbridge, Y. And Williams, I. (2013), Tesco and Starbucks have little to teach the NHS. Health Service Journal.

Williams, I., Dickinson, H. & Robinson, S. (2011) Disinvestment: cutting with care. The Health Service Journal 121(6256): 24-25.  

Research reports  

Williams, I., Brown, H., Bovaird, T., Posaner, R. & Glasby, J. (2012) A review of the evidence to inform strategic commissioning in the London Borough of Newham, HSMC/London Borough of Newham.  

Bate, A., Donaldson, C., Hunter, D., McCafferty, S., Robinson, S. & Williams, I. (2011) Implementation of the World Class Commissioning Competencies: a survey and case-study evaluation. Research commissioned by Policy Research Programme at the UK Department of Health (Reference PR-PB-1007-10005).  

Robinson, S., Dickinson, H., Williams, I., Freeman, T., Rumbold, B. & Spence, K. (2011) Priority setting: an exploratory study of English Primary Care Trusts. Research report for the Nuffield Trust, UK.  

Williams, I. & Shearer, H. (2010) Public Value and the English NHS: a review of the literature. NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement/Warwick Business School, UK.  

Expertise

  • Setting priorities in health care
  • involving citizens and the public in health and social care decisions
  • the challenges of removing or replacing health care services and organisations
  • the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Health Care Commissioning

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