Dr Manbinder Sidhu

Dr Manbinder Sidhu

Health Services Management Centre
Associate Professor

Contact details

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

Dr Manbinder Sidhu is an Associate Professor at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) working with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre. 

 Manbinder completed his bachelor’s degree (BA Sociology) at the University of Birmingham (UoB) and immediately went on to complete his PhD at the Institute of Applied Health Research (UoB) funded by the NIHR. He has worked on a range of research areas at the interface of applied health and social policy and holds expertise on integrated models of care and rapid evaluation methodology. Manbinder is currently working on growing HSMC’s international offer and continuing collaborations with the UoB Medical School.


  • FHEA            University of Leicester, 2018
  • PhD              Health Services Research, University of Birmingham, 2012
  • BA (Hons)    Sociology, University of Birmingham, 2009 


Since joining HSMC in 2018, Manbinder has developed research interests in the areas of evaluating primary care policy, the development of new models of integrated care in the UK, and the role of learning networks and communities of practice to bring change in clinical practice.

His methodological interests are primarily qualitative in capturing different workforce and patient perspectives using interviews and observations. Manbinder also has an interest in rapid synthesis and evaluation.

Manbinder has published widely across these research areas and takes a particular interest in connecting these experiences to different theories of policy, re-organisation of care, and social theory.

Manbinder has wide ranging teaching interests. He works across a range postgraduate modules in relation to evaluation, primary care, quality and safety, organisational improvement.


MSc Primary Care Research and Leadership


 MSc Health Policy and Management

    • Health Care Quality: Improvement and Innovation 

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Sidhu is interested in supervising doctoral researchers who plan to use qualitative methods/rapid methodology in whole or parts of their research projects. He is particularly interested in the following areas: 

  • Primary care
  • Quality and safety
  • Organisational collaboration


Other activities

  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • A regular peer reviewer for several journals and funding bodies   


Recent publications


Walton, H, Crellin, N, Sidhu, M, Sherlaw-Johnson, C, Herlitz, L, Litchfield, I, Georghiou, T, Tomini, S, Massou, E, Ellins, J, Sussex, J & Fulop, N 2023, 'Undertaking rapid evaluations during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons from evaluating COVID-19 remote home monitoring services in England', Frontiers in Sociology, vol. 8, 982946. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2023.982946

Cooper-Stanton, GR, Gale, N, Sidhu, M & Allen, K 2022, 'A qualitative systematic review and meta-aggregation of the experiences of men diagnosed with chronic lymphoedema', Journal of Research in Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/17449871221088791

Sidhu, M, Ford, G, Fulop, N & Roberts, M 2022, 'Learning networks in the pandemic: mobilising evidence for improvement', BMJ, vol. 379, e070215. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2022-070215

Walton, H, Vindrola-Padros, C, Crellin, NE, Sidhu, MS, Herlitz, L, Litchfield, I, Ellins, J, Ng, PL, Massou, E, Tomini, SM & Fulop, NJ 2022, 'Patients' experiences of, and engagement with, remote home monitoring services for COVID-19 patients: a rapid mixed-methods study', Health Expectations. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13548

Georghiou, T, Sherlaw-Johnson, C, Massou, E, Morris, S, Crellin, N, Herlitz, L, Sidhu, M, Tomini, S, Vindrola-Padros, C, Walton, H & Fulop, N 2022, 'The impact of post-hospital remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients using pulse oximetry: a national observational study using hospital activity data', EClinicalMedicine, vol. 48, 101441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101441

Sherlaw-Johnson, C, Georghiou, T, Morris, S, Crellin, N, Litchfield, I, Massou, E, Sidhu, M, Tomini, S, Vindrola-Padros, C, Watson, H & Fulop, N 2022, 'The impact of remote home monitoring of people with COVID-19 using pulse oximetry: a national population and observational study', EClinicalMedicine, vol. 45, 101318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101318

Sidhu, M, Pollard, J & Sussex, J 2022, 'Vertical integration of primary care practices with acute hospitals in England and Wales: why, how and so what? Findings from a qualitative, rapid evaluation', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 1, e053222. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-053222

Bryne, J, Willis, A, Dunkley, A, Fitzpatrick, C, Campbell, S, Sidhu, M, Choudhary, P, Davies, M & Khunti, K 2021, 'Individual, healthcare professional and system-level barriers and facilitators to initiation and adherence to injectable therapies for type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-ethnography', Diabetic Medicine, vol. 39, no. 1, e14678. https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.14678

Cowan, K, Fulop, N, Harshfield , A, Ng, PL, Ntouva, A, Sidhu, M, Sussex, J, Tomini, S & Walton, H 2021, 'Rapid prioritisation of topics for rapid evaluation: the case of innovations in adult social care and social work', Health Research Policy and Systems, vol. 19, no. 1, 34 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-021-00693-2

Hussain, S & Sidhu, M 2021, 'Realist evaluation of the implementation and impact of the NHS carbon reduction strategy in the UK', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 9, e044259. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044259

Vindrola-Padros, C, Singh, K, Sidhu, M, Georghiou, T, Sherlaw-Johnson, C, Tomini, SM, Inada-Kim, M, Kirkham, K, Streetly, A, Cohen, N & Fulop, NJ 2021, 'Remote home monitoring (virtual wards) for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients: a rapid systematic review', EClinicalMedicine, vol. 37, 100965. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2021.100965

Parkinson, S, Smith, J & Sidhu, M 2021, 'The early development of primary care networks in the NHS in England: a qualitative mixed-methods evaluation', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 12, e055199. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055199


Fisher, R, Smith, J, Sidhu, M, Parkinson, S & Alderwick, H 2021, 'NHS reform: Five key questions about the future of primary care networks in England', The Health Foundation. <https://www.health.org.uk/publications/long-reads/nhs-reform>

Commissioned report

Sidhu, M, Litchfield, I, Miller, R, Fulop, N, Janta, B, Tanner, J-R, Maistrello , G, Bousfield, J, Vindrola-Padros, C & Sussex, J 2022, The use of pulse oximetry in care homes to manage residents with COVID-19 and long-term health conditions in England: a rapid evaluation.


Smith, J, Checkland , K, Sidhu, M, Hammond , J & Parkinson, S 2021, 'Primary care networks: are they fit for the future?', British Journal of General Practice , vol. 71, no. 704, pp. 106-107. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp21X714665

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