Leadership and management

Everyone working within the healthcare system is facing enormously challenging and uncertain times. Change has been a constant feature for the last decade and the need for confident and courageous leadership has never been greater.

Investment in leadership development is recognised as essential to ensuring the system has able, skilled and assured leaders at every level: from the executive team to the front line, in clinical, managerial and  governance settings and across leader relationships within whole health and social care systems.

We work with healthcare partners at all levels to explore and shape a shared understanding of the leadership the health service needs for the future, and to develop the leadership and management capability the system requires to survive and thrive in the 21st century. Our goals in relation to leadership are to develop:

  • Informed policy - we undertake original research and provide objective analysis of current and future leadership trends in healthcare.
  • Effective high quality services - we work with partners to support improvement, integration and patient-centred care.
  • Exceptional health care leaders - through building knowledge, capability andeffective leadership practices.
  • Evidence for high quality leadership in healthcare and the most effective strategies for improvement.

Our recent work includes exploration of the specific requirements for patient leadership, medical leaders, emerging leaders and system leadership, as well as maintaining a deep understanding of and focus on health service management, improvement and organisational development. We aim to ensure that our leadership development work is informed by our research and evaluation activity, and these in turn are supported and informed by the experiences and needs of healthcare leaders.

Contact: Belinda Weir or Annette Neath

Research

Current and recent research projects focusing on healthcare leadership include:

Staff

Hilary Brown

Hilary Brown

Senior Fellow

Hilary is a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, having joined the Department in 2008. Her professional background spans senior management positions within the NHS and journalism within the private sector. 

An experienced qualitative researcher, her relevant areas of interest and expertise include: Cancer policy and services; the introduction of Genomic Medicine into ...

Mervyn Conroy

Mervyn Conroy

Senior Fellow

Merv has worked in the health and social care sector as a clinician, manager and academic. He is a qualified NHS counsellor/ psychotherapist and later worked in mental health services management and research. Prior to this in 1999 he was an executive within a global aerospace organisation, heading up a multidisciplinary team responsible for safety critical systems process improvements and working ...

Deborah Davidson

Deborah Davidson

Senior Fellow

Deborah’s is a Senior Fellow, Organisational Development (OD) and Leadership at the Health Services Management Centre.  Specialising in OD and developmental evaluations in the public sector, Deborah is involved in working alongside a culturally diverse range of individuals, groups, teams, and inter-agency systems to realise citizen and service user outcomes. Deborah leads HSMC’s ...

Professor Mark Exworthy

Professor Mark Exworthy

Professor of Health Policy and Management

Mark is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham.

Dr Robin Miller

Dr Robin Miller

Deputy Director

Robin is Deputy Director of the Health Services Management Centre. He leads on a variety of applied research projects within health and care, with a particular focus on evaluating and learning from change initiatives. Current projects include local evaluations of new models of care programme, the national longer-term evaluation of the Integrated Care Pioneers, and the evaluation of the Building ...

Annette Neath

Annette Neath

Senior Fellow

Annette is a Senior Fellow at HSMC and University of Birmingham Director of The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme, MSc Healthcare Leadership.  Annette joined HSMC in 2014 after 12 years with the NHS and two years as an independent consultant.  Annette is an occupational psychologist and her expertise is in leadership development, OD, executive coaching, organisational change and NHS ...

Yvonne Sawbridge

Yvonne Sawbridge

Senior Fellow

Yvonne Sawbridge Joined HSMC in 2011 after a varied career in NHS, latterly as a Director of Nursing and Quality in South Staffs PCT. A Registered General Nurse & Health Visitor by profession, Yvonne has worked operationally and strategically in many organisations across the health system and worked as both a provider and commissioner. She is a founding member of The 'Q' Initiative, a Health ...

Iain Snelling

Iain Snelling

Senior Fellow

Iain specialises in teaching, consultancy and research around management and leadership development in the NHS; service evaluation and improvement; clinical engagement in management and regulation of health care. From 2011 – 2013 he was co-Director of the educational element of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and the NHS Clinical Leadership Fellows programme. He ...

Belinda Weir

Belinda Weir

Senior Fellow and Director of Leadership

Belinda joined HSMC as a senior lecturer in 2014 and became a senior fellow in 2015 and Director of Leadership in 2016. She has a particular interest in systems leadership and evaluating systems leadership models. Her current work includes developing leadership programmes in collaboration with partners across the university and the Midlands to meet the needs of leaders throughout the UK and ...


This work stream also includes Visiting Professor, John Mcdonough  from Harvard University

 

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