Strategic planning and decision making

Our work in this area focuses on the ways in which decisions are made and services are strategically planned in a context of financial pressures and multiple goals.

It covers topics such as:

  • The challenge of achieving equitable health care access and outcomes and the role of evidence in this.
  • The commissioning and/or strategic planning function as a means of securing desired health care outcomes for populations.
  • The role of public and other engagement activities in priority setting in health and care.
  • The challenges of decommissioning medicines, services and health care organisations.

To this end, HSMC works to develop theory, empirical understanding and practical wisdom on the theme of decision making and strategic planning. This means collaborating nationally and internationally with academic, policy and practitioner partners.

Contact: Iestyn Williams

Dissemination and Impact

In September 2016, HSMC hosted the 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Priorities in Health. The Department also regularly organises or contributes to knowledge sharing events and programmes nationally and internationally. These 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 ...

Professor Russell Mannion

Professor Russell Mannion

Professor of Health Systems

Russell has held the Chair in Health Systems at the University of Birmingham since 2010.  He is an Honorary Professor at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney and a Fellow of Bocconi University, Milan. He was previously Director of the Centre for Health Services Management at the University of York (2005-2009) and served as a Board Director of the York ...

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 ...

Professor Judith Smith

Professor Judith Smith

Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management Centre

Judith is a highly experienced and widely published health services researcher and policy analyst. She took up post as Director of the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham on 1 June 2015.  This followed six years spent as Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, an independent charitable health research ...

Dr Iestyn Williams

Dr Iestyn Williams

Reader in Health Policy and Management
Director of Research

Iestyn is a Reader in Health Policy and Management and Director of Research, 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. Recent and current projects include a national study of health care decommissioning and an investigation (with Warwick ...

 

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