Health Services Management Centre

The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham is one of the UK's foremost centres for research, evaluation, teaching and professional development for health and social care organisations. HSMC has established a unique reputation as a 'critical friend' of the healthcare community and strives constantly to bridge the gap between research and practice.


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Posted 15 December 2017

Community Hospitals – Discovering a New Model of Care?

Community Hospitals evoke emotions of loyalty, passion and pride from their local communities. A sense of "ownership" comes from the fact that these small rural hospitals were built and sustained by the communities themselves before the NHS, and have provided a place of care and healing for generations. In her Viewpoint, the President of the Community Hospitals Association Helen Tucker looks at some of the fundamental changes impacting on community hospitals and the services they provide.

Posted 12 December 2017

Ethical leadership in the medical community

How do medical leaders make wise and ethical decisions, when there are multiple factors to consider and when the 'right' decision in one circumstance may offer little guide to the best and most ethical decision in another? Mervyn Conroy and Catherine Weir report on a 3-year research project using interviews with doctors at various points in their clinical practice to understand how medical leaders approach decision-making.

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Professor Judith Smith, Director, HSMC, talks about HSMC's work, its research and teaching, its influence and impact and its work around priority setting.

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