Dr Jane Ferguson

Health Services Management Centre
Assistant Professor

Contact details

Park House
University of Birmingham
B15 2RT

Dr Jane Ferguson is an Assistant Professor at the Health Services Management Centre. She is interested in the quality, safety and the healthcare workforce. 


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  • PhD in Social Pharmacy, University of Manchester, 2012 
  • MSc Applied Psychology, Liverpool Hope University, 2005
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Liverpool Hope University, 2003


Jane was previously at the University of Manchester from 2007 when she joined as a PhD student. She completed her PhD in the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies before working on a number of healthcare workforce related research projects. Before joining HSMC in May 2023, Jane worked in the Health Management Group where she was a cohort director on the ‘Elizabeth Garrett Anderson’ NHS Leadership Academy programme and a co-applicant on NIHR funded projects.  


Jane is the programme director for the Health and Care System Leadership Level 7 Apprenticeship.

Postgraduate supervision

Jane is interested in supervising projects relating to the healthcare workforce.


Research interests 

Jane has an interest in the healthcare workforce and the sociology of the healthcare professions. Jane’s research focusses on the nature of modern professionalism in healthcare organisations, and its interaction with contemporary issues such as professional governance and regulation, the changing nature of the professional workforce, and the impact of workforce reforms and other changes on the quality and safety of care. Jane collaborates with health economists, health policy specialists, doctors and other healthcare professionals on a number of research projects related to the healthcare workforce. 

Current projects 

January 2023 - August 2025
Co-I: Quality, safety and clinical governance in NHS and independent hospitals: lessons from the interface
National Institute for Health and Care Research £990,988.55


Stringer G, Ferguson J, Walshe K, Grigoroglou C, Allen T. Kontopantelis E, Ashcroft DM. (2023) Locum doctors in English general practices: evidence from a national survey. The British Journal of General Practice. 73(734), e667-e676 

Grigoroglou C, Kontopantelis E, Walshe K, Ferguson J, Ashcroft DM, Stringer G, Allen T. (Under review) The use of locum doctors in NHS trusts in England: analysis of routinely collected workforce data 2019 – 2021. BMJ Open. 

Brunton L, Tazzyman A, Ferguson J, Hodgson D, Nelson P. (2022) The challenges of integrating signposting into general practice: qualitative stakeholder perspectives on care navigation and social prescribing in primary care. BMC Primary Care, 23(1), 1-12. 

Grigoroglou C, Walshe K, Kontopantelis E, Ferguson J, Stringer G, Ashcroft DM, Allen T. (2021) Locum doctor use in English general practice: analysis of routinely collected workforce data. British Journal of General Practice; 72 (715): e108-e117.

Ferguson J, Tazzyman A, Walshe K, Bryce M, Boyd A, Archer J, Price T, Tredinnick‐Rowe J. (2021) ‘You're just a locum’: professional identity and temporary workers in the medical profession. Sociology of Health and Illness. 43, (1), 149–166. 

Ferguson J, Astbury J, Willis S, Silverthorne J, Schafheutle E. (2020) Implementing, embedding and sustaining simulation based education: what helps, what hinders. Medical Education. 54, 915-924. 

Price T, Tredinnick-Rowe J, Walshe K, Tazzyman A, Ferguson J, Boyd A, Archer J, Bryce M. (2020) Reviving clinical governance? A qualitative study of the impact of professional regulatory reform on clinical governance in healthcare organisations in England. Health Policy. 24(4):446-453. 

Ferguson J, Walshe K. (2019) Quality, safety and locum doctors: a narrative review. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 112 (11), 462–471.

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