Kerry Allen

Kerry Allen

Health Services Management Centre

Contact details

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

Dr Kerry Allen is a Lecturer at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. She is currently involved in a national study evaluating the contribution of micro-enterprises in social care. Kerry is a Fellow of the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research, and of the Higher Education Academy. 

Kerry leads undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the sociology of health and illness and health care quality. She specialises in research around:

  • Experience and management of chronic conditions
  • Prevention services and the delivery of adult social care


Her main qualifications are:   

  • Ph.D Medical Sociology, University of Leicester (2007) 
  • MSc Social Research, University of Leicester (2002) 
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Leicester (2001) (1st class) 
  • Foundation of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate Associate Module


Before joining HSMC in March 2009, Kerry worked as a European research manager for Ecotec Research and Consulting (now Ecorys UK). In this role Kerry worked on health and equalities research for the European Commission. Prior to this Kerry completed her PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of Leicester, exploring the management of Prader-Willi syndrome within the context of the family.


Current projects: 

Previous projects:

  • A study of acute children’s safeguarding activities. ‘Enhancing Safe Practice at the Interface between Hospital Services and Children’s Social Care’. National Institute for Health Research (2012-present)
  • Evaluation of case study sites for home therapies for people with chronic kidney disease, West Midlands Central Health Innovation and Education Cluster. (2011-2013)
  • Local evidence in prevention for older people. National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research. (2011-2012)
  • Models of medical leadership and their effectiveness. National Institute for Health Research, Service Delivery and Organisation. (2011-2012)
  • Scoping review on the research agenda for the future role of the third sector in delivering social care. National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research. (2011-2012)
  • EU-funded research (DG Research, FP7) into long-term care for older people. Interlinks- Modelling the INTERfaces and LINKS between prevention, rehabilitation, quality of services and informal care. (2009-2012)
  • An evaluation of the modernisation of older people’s services in Birmingham. Birmingham City Council (2009-2011)
  • Review of Commissioning Across Government. National Audit office (2010)
  • Integrating Health and Social Care: a Rapid Review of Lessons from Evidence and Experience. Leeds City Council (2009-2010)
  • Study on the situation of women with disabilities in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. European Commission: DG Employment, PROGRESS (2008)
  • Ex-post evaluation of Socrates Programme. European Commission: DG Education and Culture (2008)


Hall, K, Needham, C and Allen, K (forthcoming) Micro-Enterprise: Can Social Innovation Transform Social Care? Salute e societa.

Hall, K, Needham, C and Allen, K (2014), 'Grass Roots Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Micro-Enterprises in Social Care'. Paper for International Research Society for Public Management Annal Conference, Ottowa, Canada, April 2014.

Miller, R., Williams, I., Allen, K. and Glasby, J. (2014) Evidence, insight, or intuition? Investment decisions in the commissioning of prevention services for older people, Journal of Care Services Management, DOI:

Miller, R., Allen, K., Mangan, C. And Glasby, J. (2013) Singing from the same hymn sheet? Commissioning of preventative services from the third sector, Journal of Integrated Care, 21 (5), 288 – 299. DOI: 10.1108/JICA-07-2013-0026

Williams, I., Bovaird, T., Brown, H., Allen, K., Dickinson, H., Kennedy, J. and Glasby, J. (2013) ‘Designing whole-systems commissioning: lessons from the English experience’. Journal of Care Services Management, 6(2), 83-92.

Robinson, S., Glasby, J. and Allen. K (2013) ‘It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it’: lessons for health care from decommissioning of older people’s services’. Health and social care in the Community, doi: 10.1111/hsc.12046.

Allen, K., Glasby, J & Rodrigues, R. (2013)‘Joint Working Between Health and Social Care’ in Long-Term Care in Europe Improving Policy and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan. Editors: Leichsenring, K., Billings, J. & Nies, H.

Allen, K. & Glasby, J. (2012) ‘‘The billion dollar question’: embedding prevention in older people’s services – 10 ‘high impact’ changes’, British Journal of Social Work, Br J Soc Work (2012) doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs024, March 29, pages 1-21. 

Dickinson, H., Allen, K., Alcock, P., MacMillan, R. & Glasby, J. (2012) ‘The role of the third sector in delivering social care’, London, School of Social Care Research, NIHR.  

Bovaird, T., Dickinson, H. & Allen, K. (2012) ‘New models of strategic commissioning‘. In: Glasby, J. ed. Commissioning for health and well-being: An introduction. Bristol, The Policy Press. 

Allen, K., Bednárik, R., Campbell, L., Dieterich, A. et al (2011) Governance and finance of long-term care across Europe. Vienna, European Centre. Available at: 

Allen, K. (2011) ‘Managing Prader–Willi syndrome in families: An embodied exploration’, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 72, Issue 4, February 2011, Pages 460-468. Available at: 

Allen, K. 2011. Integrating services in prevention for the elderly. In: Third International Congress of Long-Term Care and Quality of Life, March 29th, 2011, Madrid, Spain. 

Allen, K. (2011) Book review: ‘Residential Care Transformed: Revisiting ‘The Last Refuge’, by Julia Johnson, Sheena Rolph and Randall Smith’, Health and Social Care in the Community, Volume 19, Issue 1, January 2011, page 111. Available at: 

Glasby, J., Robinson. S. & Allen, K. (2011) Achieving closure: good practice in supporting people during residential care closures. London/Birmingham: ADASS/HSMC. Available at: 

Allen, K. & Glasby, J. (2010) ‘The (Multi-) Billion Dollar Question: Embedding Prevention and Rehabiliatation in English Health and Social Care’, Journal of Integrated Care, Volume 18, Issue 4, August 2010, pages 26-35  

Allen, K. & Glasby, J. (2010) ’10 high-impact changes to older people’s services’, Health Services Journal, November 25th 2010, page 26. Available at:   

Allen, K. & Glasby, J. (2010) English report on governance and finance of long-term care (Interlinks national report). Vienna, European Centre. Available at:  

Kümpers, S., Allen, K., Campbell, L. et al (2010) Prevention and rehabilitation within long-term care across Europe, European Overview Paper. Vienna, European Centre. Available at: 

Allen, K., Dieterich, A., Glasby, J. and Kümpers, S. (2009) European quickscan of prevention and rehabilitation scientific literature. Berlin/Birmingham, WZB/HSMC (EU Interlinks) 

Allen, K. and Glasby, J. (2009) English report on prevention and rehabilitation in long-term care (Interlinks national report). Vienna, European Centre. Available at: 

Allen, K. 2005. What is Prader-Willi syndrome? The construction of a rare disorder. In: British Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, September 16th, 2005, York, UK.