Professor Robin Miller

Robin Miller

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Director of Global Engagement for the College of Social Sciences

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School of Social Policy
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Professor Robin Miller is an applied academic with an international reputation in relation to integration, leadership and implementation within health and social care. He has been P-I/Co-I to over £14 million of research grants over the past decade and has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles and books.

Robin is the Joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Integrated Care , an advisory group member of the European Forum for Primary Care, and a Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research. He led the development of the U21 Community of Practice for Social Work with membership from seventeen universities from across the world. Robin has developed and facilitated numerous leadership and management programmes for those working in health and social care. These include the Senior Leaders Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship Programme (MSc in Health & Care System Leadership) and the strength based leadership programme in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Robin co-chaired the Guidance, Good Practice and Innovation Advisory Group of the national adult social care taskforce for COVID 19, is a member of the Health & Wellbeing Board for Birmingham and co-leads the Society & Wellbeing Work Package of the European University for Well-being.

Robin specialises in:

  • new models of primary, integrated and social care
  • leadership within health and social care
  • strength based practice
  • inter-professional working and education
  • policy and programme evaluations

Qualifications

His relevant qualifications and memberships are:

  • Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research (2019)
  • PhD (Managing Change in Health and Social Care), University of Birmingham
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham (2013)
  • Fellow of the School for Social Care Research (2011)
  • Future Directors Programme, Social Care Institute of Excellence (2010)
  • MSc in Public Sector Management (Distinction), University of Birmingham (2004)
  • MA in Social Work, University of Edinburgh (1994)
  • Diploma in Social Work, University of Edinburgh (1994)
  • BSc (Upper Second), University of Glasgow 1990

Biography

Prior to taking up post at the University, Robin was a frontline social work practitioner in disability and mental health services before moving into operational management of integrated health and social care teams. He worked as a Commissioning Manager for Vulnerable Adults & People with a Learning Disability before taking on the leadership of an Integrated Service for children and adults with a disability. His final operational post was Deputy Director of Community Services within a Care Trust with a lead for Children’s health services and adult disability and mental health. Through his evaluation work he has maintained a direct link with the realities of health and social practice, and seeks to support managers to use research and theory to improve patient experience and outcomes. He has won awards in relation to his management practice and his academic publications. Robin’s PhD explored the realities of change management within health and care through researching change in different contexts and levels of the system. He regularly speaks at home and international conferences on improving collaboration between professionals, organisations and sectors.

Research

Current and recent projects include:

  • AddRessing the ImpAct of coviD-19 paNdEmic on the access to and experience of mental health care of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (ARIADNE) (NIHR)
  • Why Are We Stuck In Hospital? Understanding Service User, Family And Staff Perspectives When Transforming Care For People With Learning Disabilities And/or Autism, Co-investigator (Nihr Evaluation, Trials And Studies Coordinating Centre)
  • Evaluation of WM ADASS peer challenge process within adult social care (WM ADASS)
  • Implementation of strength based practice in adult social care (NIHR)
  • Social work leadership across the home nations of the UK (NIHR)
  • Social Care Lead of the West Midlands Applied Research Collaborative (NIHR)
  • Exploring asset-based innovations to deliver whole system change (SSCR)
  • Building social resources to prevent, reduce or delay needs for care and support in adult social care in England (DHSC Policy Research Programme)
  • Evaluation of the Building the Right Support Programme (NHS England)
  • Evaluation of the Pacesetters Programme (Public Health Wales)
  • Partnering for Improvement (Health Foundation)
  • Long-term evaluation of the Integrated Care and Support Pioneers Programme (Department of Health Policy Research Programme)

Other activities

Other positions of responsibility:

  • Co-Chair of the Guidance, Good Practice and Innovation Advisory Group to the National Covid 19  Taskforce for Adult Social Care
  • Birmingham Health & Wellbeing Board Member (2018-)
  • Joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Integrated Care (2017-)
  • Advisory group member of the European Forum for Primary Care (2016-)
  • Co-Editor of the Journal of Integrated Care (2013-2018)
  • Non-executive director on the Board of Trident Social Investment Group (2013-2015)
  • Chair of trustees of Reach the People Charity (2011-2015)

Publications

Recent publications

Book

Mangan, C, Miller, R & Brown, H 2016, Integrated Care in Action: A Practical Guide for Health, Social Care and Housing Support . Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Article

Schaub, J, Hewison, A, Haworth, S & Miller, R 2021, 'A Leadership Model for Social Work: Drawing on healthcare to inform social work leadership', British Journal of Social Work.

Wyatt, S, Miller, R, Spilsbury, P & Amin Mohammed, M 2021, 'The impact of structural changes to community nursing services on the rate of emergency hospital use of older people: a longitudinal ecological study of based on 140 primary care trusts in England', Journal of Integrated Care. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-09-2020-0056

Miller, R 2019, 'Inter-professional education and primary care: EFPC position paper', Primary Health Care Research & Development, vol. 20. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423619000653

Rees, J, Miller, R & Buckingham, H 2016, 'Commission incomplete: exploring the new model for purchasing public services from the third sector', Journal of Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279416000362

Millar, R, Jian, W, Mannion, R & Miller, R 2016, 'Healthcare reform in China: making sense of a policy experiment?', Journal of Health, Organization and Management, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 324-330. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-12-2014-0200

Hall, K, Miller, R & Millar, R 2016, 'Public, private or neither? Analysing the publicness of health care social enterprises', Public Management Review, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 539-557. https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2015.1014398

Powell, M & Miller, R 2016, 'Seventy years of privatizing the British National Health Service?', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 99-118. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12161

Chapter

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.

Millar, R, Hall, K & Miller, R 2020, Hybrid organisations in English health and social care. in D Billis & C Rochester (eds), Handbook on Hybrid Organisations. Edward Elgar, pp. 82-95.

Comment/debate

Glasby, J & Miller, R 2020, 'Ten lessons for integrated care research and policy – a personal reflection', Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 41-46. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-11-2019-0047

Commissioned report

Ellins, J, Griffith, L, Rosen, R, Miller, R, Brown, H & Smith, J 2017, Evaluation of the Connected Care Partnership Vanguard: Scoping and early findings report. NHS England.

Other contribution

Schaub, J, Haworth, S & Miller, R 2019, Does social work have a problem with leadership?. University of Birmingham. <https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/social-policy/departments/health-services-management-centre/research/health-and-socal-care-leadership/news/does-social-work-have-a-problem-with-leadership.aspx>

Review article

Miller, R 2020, 'From Crisis to Coordination: Challenges and Opportunities for Integrated Care posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic', International Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5595

Working paper

Haworth, S, Schaub, J & Miller, R 2018 'Leadership in social work: (and can it learn from clinical healthcare?)' University of Birmingham. <https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/social-policy/departments/health-services-management-centre/research/health-and-socal-care-leadership/research/leadership-in-social-work.aspx>

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Expertise

  • integration in health and social care
  • the role of the third sector (i.e. voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises) in health and social care
  • social care and community health services (in particulat learning disability and mental health)
  • Commissioning of health and social care services

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Expertise

Health and social care policy in general social enterprise, commissioning, partnerships, community services, services for people with a learning disability.

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