Dr Sophie Spitters

Dr Sophie Spitters

Health Services Management Centre
Research Fellow

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Health Services Management Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Sophie is a social scientist at the BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre, part of the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. In her research, she explores the co-creation, implementation and evaluation of innovations aimed at improving people’s health, care, and wellbeing. Interests are digital innovations, integrated care, and child health. 

Prior to joining the Health Services Management Centre, Sophie worked on the NIHR-funded ModCons study exploring triage and decision-making about consultation modality in primary care. During my PhD, she studied the improvement and integration of children’s allergy services across four case study sites. 

Sophie specialises in Quality Improvement, Human Factors, and qualitative methodologies. And she enjoys working in interdisciplinary teams, collaborating with patients, healthcare professionals and mixed-methods researchers to understand real-world problems and implement creative solutions.


PhD, Health Services Research, Imperial College London

MSc, Human Factors and Engineering Psychology, University of Twente

Other activities

The Thinking In Between podcast explores how social theory and qualitative methods can illuminate the messy world of health and healthcare. In each episode, we invite a researcher working at the borderlands of social science and health to choose three “big ideas” that have influenced their research journey and the way they think. In this episode, Sophie speaks about her journey from physics to psychology to the social sciences, and how ‘Systems Theory’, ‘Dialectical Critical Realism’, and ‘Boundary Spanning’ have influenced her work and thinking