Professor Russell Mannion

Professor Russell Mannion

Health Services Management Centre
Professor of Health Systems

Contact details

Address
School of Social Policy, HSMC
Park House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2RT

 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 Health Economics Consortium. 

Selection of current advisory and public appointments (UK and international)

  • Member of the advisory board of the National Guardian’s Office for the NHS (2018-)
  • Expert advisor, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Cairo (2018-)
  • Member of the expert review panel for Covid-19 Research programme, Swiss National Science Foundation (2020-)
  • Member of the evaluation panel (Economics and Politics) Academy of Finland, Helsinki (2018-)
  • Member of the assessment panel, German Research Foundation (DFG) for multidisciplinary Research into Epidemics and Pandemics in Response to the Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 (2020-)
  • Member of the panel of experts, Belgium Science Policy Office, Brussels. (2020-)
  • Member of the evaluation panel (Health, Welfare and Society), Academy of Finland, Helsinki, (2021-)
  • Member of the international advisory board for the Cologne Regional Health Care Research Network (2018-)
  • Member of the international advisory board for research planning, Medical School, University of Cologne (2018-)
  • Member of the Irish Health Research Board, (2016-)
  • Academic advisor to the Department of Health Policy Research Programme Research Committee (2017-)
  • Member of the College of Reviewers for the Government of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs programme (2016-)
  • International expert, International Society for Quality in Health Care (2017-) (Tokyo, Doha, Cape Town, Florence).
  • Visiting Professor, Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies, University of Pisa (2017-)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Heidelberg (2019 -)
  • Chair of the External Evaluation Committee, Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (2021-)
  • Independent Expert Consultant, The Science Fund of Serbia (2021-)
  • Member of the Expert Review Panel, Research Council of Norway (2021-)
  • Member of the Social Sciences Panel, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (2021 -)

Russell presents keynote lectures and seminars around the world and provides policy and research advice to a range of national and international governments and agencies, including: the World Health Organization, OECD, the International Society for Quality in Health Care, the European Health Management Association, the European Union, Department of Health, HM Treasury, NHS Confederation, Nuffield Trust, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the governments (and sub-jurisdictions) of  Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Jordan, Malta, Spain, Switzerland and New Zealand. His work on organisational culture, health care quality and patient safety was used at evidence at the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry chaired by Sir Robert Francis QC. He has won numerous international awards and prizes for his research including the Baxter European book Award. He is the Birmingham lead for The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) based at the University of Cambridge.

Russell has more than 250 peer reviewed publications, many appearing in leading scientific journals such as The Lancet, BMJ, Social Science and Medicine and The Milbank Quarterly. He has authored or edited 12 books.  His most recent books include: Healthcare Reform, Quality and Safety: Perspectives, Participants and Prospects in 30 Countries (2015) ( With Braithwaite et al);  Dismantling the NHS: Evaluating the Impact of Health Reforms (2016), Policy Press (with Exworthy and Powell); Health Systems Improvement Across the Globe:  Success Stories from 60 Countries. (2017) Taylor & Francis (with Braithwaite et al) and Healthcare Systems Improvement Across the Globe:  Future Predictions for Global Care.(2018).

He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Organization and Management and sits on the editorial boards of: the International Journal for Health Policy and Management; the International Journal for Human Rights in Healthcare; the International Journal of Public and Private Healthcare Management and Economics; and the Open Medical Informatics Journal

He is currently external examiner (2022-2026) for the MSc Health Policy Planning and Financing -  jointly hosted between the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

In March 2022 Russell presented the 36th Annual Health Services Research Lecture at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Changing cultures in healthcare: What, why, how?

Russell’s specialisms are: 

  • Evaluation of health systems reform
  • Global health and international health policy
  • Patient safety and healthcare quality
  • Pandemic planning and management
  • Speaking Up and whistleblowing in healthcare organisations
  • Political economy, (especially Populist approaches) to health policy  
  • Performance measurement and management 
  • Organisational behaviour and healthcare cultures
  • Publication bias in health services research
  • Cooperation and partnership working in health as social care
  • Medical Tourism
  • Commissioning and procurement theory
  • Economic Sociology, behavioural economics and Institutional Economics
  • Mixed methods research

Qualifications

  • PhD Economics and Social Policy, University of Manchester
  • Postgraduate Diploma Health Economics, University of Tromso
  • BA (Hons) Economics and Sociology, University of Stirling
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, elected 2008
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), elected 2008
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), elected 2015

Teaching

Russell co-leads several modules on the MSc in Health Care Policy and Management at Birmingham.  He also lectures on the undergraduate inter-calation programme for medical students, Birmingham Medical School. He previously set up, and lectured on the MSc in Health Management at York.

Postgraduate supervision

Russell is happy to supervise PhDs around areas such as:

  • Patient safety
  • Health care quality improvement
  • International health reform.

Research

Current and recent projects

Current and recent research projects include:

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Williams, I, Harlock, J, Robert, G, Kimberly, J & Mannion, R 2021, 'Is the end in sight? A study of how and why services are decommissioned in the English National Health Service', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 2021, no. 00, pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13234

Mannion, R & Speed, E 2021, 'Populism, pestilence and plague in the time of Coronavirus', International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-10-2020-0091

Aunger, J, Millar, R, Greenhalgh, J, Mannion, R, Rafferty, AM & McLeod, H 2021, 'Why do some inter-organisational collaborations in healthcare work when others do not? A realist review', BMC Systematic Reviews, vol. 10, 82. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-58882/v1, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-021-01630-8

Ayorinde, AA, Williams, I, Mannion, R, Song, F, Skrybant, M, Lilford, RJ & Chen, Y-F 2020, 'Assessment of publication bias and outcome reporting bias in systematic reviews of health services and delivery research: a meta-epidemiological study', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 1, e0227580. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227580

Bion, J, Aldridge, C, Girling, A, Rudge, G, Sun, J, Tarrant, C, Sutton, L, Willars, J, Beet, C, Boyal, A, Rees, P, Roseveare, C, Temple, M, Watson, S, Chen, Y, Clancy, M, Rowan, L, Lord, J, Mannion, R, Hofer, T & Lilford, R 2020, 'Changes in weekend and weekday care quality of emergency medical admissions to 20 hospitals in England during implementation of the seven day services national health policy.', BMJ Quality & Safety.

Sheaff, R, Morando, V, Chambers, N, Exworthy, M, Mahon, A, Byng, R & Mannion, R 2020, 'Managerial workarounds in three European DRG systems', Journal of Health, Organization and Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-10-2019-0295

Speed, E & Mannion, R 2020, 'Populism and health policy: three international case studies of right-wing populist policy frames', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 42, no. 8, pp. 1967-1981. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13173

Ayorinde, AA, Williams, I, Mannion, R, Song, F, Skrybant, M, Lilford, R & Chen, Y 2020, 'Publication and related biases in health services research: a systematic review of empirical evidence', BMC Medical Research Methodology, vol. 20, 137. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-020-01010-1

Williams, I, Ayorinde, AA, Mannion, R, Skrybant, M, Song, F, Lilford, RJ & Chen, Y-F 2020, 'Stakeholder views on publication bias in health services research', Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 162-171. https://doi.org/10.1177/1355819620902185

Mannion, R, Davies, H, Powell, M, Blenkinsopp, J, Millar, R, McHale, J & Snowden, N 2019, 'Healthcare scandals and the failings of doctors: do official inquiries hold the profession to account?', Journal of Health, Organization and Management, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 221-240. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-04-2018-0126

Chapter

Williams, I & Mannion, R 2022, De-implementation. in F Rapport, R Clay-Williams & J Braithwaite (eds), Implementation Science: the key concepts. Routledge, pp. 209-212.

Millar, R, Mannion, R & Miller, R 2020, Buddies and mergers: decentring the performance of healthcare provider partnerships. in Decentring Health and Care Networks. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 67-94.

Commissioned report

Ayorinde, AA, Williams, I, Mannion, R, Song, F, Skrybant, M, Lilford, R & Chen, Y 2020, Publication and related bias in quantitative health services and delivery research: a multimethod study. Health Services and Delivery Research, no. 33, vol. 8, National Institute for Health Research. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr08330

Letter

Sanderson, J, Lonsdale, C & Mannion, R 2019, 'Inside the black box: Organisational buying behaviour and strategic purchasing in healthcare: A response to recent commentary', International Journal of Health Policy and Management , vol. 8, no. 11, pp. 675-677. https://doi.org/10.15171/ijhpm.2019.70

Review article

Aunger, J, Millar, R, Greenhalgh, J, Mannion, R, Rafferty, AM & McLeod, H 2020, 'Building an initial realist theory of partnering across National Health Service providers', Journal of Integrated Care. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-05-2020-0026

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Expertise

Health policy and management with a focus on quality and safety improvement