Judith Smith is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. She is a highly experienced and widely published health services researcher and policy analyst, specialising in health care organisation and management.
In 2015 Judith was appointed as Director of the Health Services Management Centre and in this role she was responsible for a team of 60 academic and professional services staff whose core purpose is to undertake high quality health services management and organisational research and development, ensuring that findings are rigorous, relevant and applicable to both policy and practice.
Prior to her role at HSMC Judith spent six years as Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust - an independent charitable research foundation based in London – where she led a team of researchers and analysts whose work focused on primary and community health care, long-term conditions, health commissioning, the monitoring and assurance of health and social care quality, and the quest for integrated care.
From 2007-2009 Judith was based in New Zealand working as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Health Services Research Centre in the Victoria University of Wellington and (from 2008-2009) as Senior Policy Fellow in the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
Judith maintains an active portfolio of research projects, funded by a range of national and local bodies, and all focused on study of the ways in which the organisation and delivery of health services might be further improved. Current and recent projects include:
- the National Evaluation of Integrated Care and Support Pioneers (funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme, and led by LSHTM) https://piru.ac.uk/projects/current-projects/integrated-care-pioneers-evaluation.html
- a study of Hospital Board Leadership following the Francis Inquiry Report (funded by the NIHR Policy Research Programme and led by the University of Manchester) https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/2018/changes-in-board-leadership-and-governance-in-acute-hospitals-in-england-since-2013
- a rapid evaluation of the implementation of Primary Care Networks in the NHS in England (for NIHR) https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/brace/projects/early-implementation-of-primary-care-networks.aspx
- a study of the use of remote outpatient consultations in NHS trusts during the COVID-19 pandemic (for Birmingham Health Partners).
Judith is Director of the BRACE Rapid Service Evaluation Centre that has been funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for five years (2018-2023) and this is a partnership between the University of Birmingham, RAND Europe, the University of Cambridge, and National Voices. More information about the BRACE Centre is available here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/brace/index.aspx
Judith is Deputy Director of the National Institute for Health Research's Health and Social Care Delivery Research Programme. More information about the HSDR funding programme is available here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/funding-programmes/health-and-social-care-delivery-research.htm
Judith is a member of the core team of Birmingham Health Partners where she is Director of Health Services Research https://www.birminghamhealthpartners.co.uk/members/professor-judith-smith/
She is a trustee and Deputy Chair of Health Services Research UK, the national membership body for health services researchers https://hsruk.org/
She has previously served as a Non-Executive Director of the Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust (2014-2022) and South Birmingham Primary Care Trust (2002-2004), and was a board member of the European Health Management Association (2004-2006).
In 2013, Judith was appointed Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Commission on Future Models of Care. From 2010-2013 she served as Expert Adviser to the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and then as an Assessor of the Inquiry's recommendations.