Workforce and professions

HSMC undertake research, teaching and evaluation issues of the health/ care workforce as they relate to the nature of work, its organisation and its delivery. It is through staff that the triple aims of health care (improving access, enhancing quality and controlling costs) are put into practice.

We develop a close understanding of the lifeworlds of health and care workers. Our research, evaluation and teaching explores the power and social structures affecting the professional lives of healthcare workers, as well as the organisational and professional cultures they are embedded in.

Contact: Mark Exworthy or Nicola Gale

Research

These are current and recent research projects focusing on the knowledge and practices within the health sector workforce, staff experiences, motivation and impact, the organisation of work, as well as the professions and careers within the sector:

Staff

Dr Kerry Allen

Dr Kerry Allen

Lecturer
Departmental director of postgraduate research and international lead

Dr Kerry Allen is a Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. With a disciplinary background in medical sociology and international experience of programme evaluation, she is interested in applied research that improves health and care services. 

Her core research areas relate to older people’s experiences of illness and care, including:

  • long-term ...

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 ...

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 Nicola Gale

Dr Nicola Gale

Director of Doctoral Research
Senior Lecturer in Health Sociology

Nicola Gale, MA, PhD, is a health sociologist, with a track record in both single-discipline sociological research and interdisciplinary health research where she has brought her sociological perspective and skills to projects in fields of health services research, public health, primary care, community-led and complementary health care.

Dr Gale is committed to theoretically-informed empirical ...

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 Ross Millar

Dr Ross Millar

Senior Lecturer
Director of Learning and Teaching

Ross is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management. His research interests look to analyse how health and social care practitioners make sense of the continuities and change associated with reform. During his time at HSMC, Ross has been involved in a variety of research projects that include comparative case studies of health system reform, the promotion of social enterprise in health and ...

Professor Catherine Needham

Professor Catherine Needham

Professor of Public Policy and Public Management

Catherine Needham is Professor of Public Policy and Public Management. She is part based at the Health Services Management Centre, developing research around social care and policy innovation. She is also part-based in the University’s Public Services Academy, researching new approaches to public service workforce development.

Catherine’s areas of special interest include:

  • Personal ...

Professor Martin Powell

Professor Martin Powell

Professor of Health and Social Policy

Martin joined HSMC in February 2007. Martin specialises in: Health policy, especially New Labour; choice and consumerism; decentralization; partnership and history of health care before the NHS and social policy, especially historical and geographical dimensions, citizenship, equity, theories of welfare state development.

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 ...

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 ...

Doctoral Researchers

  • James Brackley
  • Julie Werrett
  • Chris Gowing
  • Michael Burrows
  • Adekemi Sekoni
  • Liam Spalding

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