Professor Mark Exworthy

Professor Mark Exworthy

Health Services Management Centre
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Co-director, MBA Clinical Leadership

Contact details

School of Social Policy, HSMC
Park House
University of Birmingham
B15 2RT, United Kingdom

Mark is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham and Co-Director of the MBA Clinical Leadership course



  • PhD, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
  • BSc, Loughborough University
  • PG Certificate: Academic Practice in Teaching and Learning
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)


Mark has previously held posts at Southampton University, London School of Economics (LSE), University College London (UCL), Oxford Brookes and Royal Holloway University of London. He was also a Harkness Fellow in health care policy, based at University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) (funded by the Commonwealth Fund of New York).


Course director, `Health Management and Leadership’ (HML) inter-calation course for medical students.

Postgraduate supervision

Mark is interested in supervising postgraduate researchers in the following areas:

  • Governance
  • health policy
  • professionalism
  • policy implementation


Mark's research interests fall into 3 : 

  • Governance and implementation relating to policies to tackle health inequalities and other social `problems'.
  • Professionals and managerialism in health care organisations (especially relating to management of clinical performance).
  • Decentralisation in health care organisations.

Mark's research has been funded by the ESRC, NHS (Dept of Health and NIHR), Joseph Rowntree Foundation, NHS Confederation and the Commonwealth Fund of New York. He has been involved as PI or co-PI on research grants totalling £2.5m.

Other activities

Chair, Society for Studies in Organising Health Care (SHOC): and


Recent publications


Exworthy, M, Mannion, R & Powell, M (eds) 2023, The NHS at 75: The State of UK Health Policy. Bristol University Press. <>


Sheaff, R, Ellis Paine, A, Exworthy, M, Hardwick, R & Smith, C 2024, 'Commodification and healthcare in the third sector in England: from gift to commodity—and back?', Public Money & Management, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 298-307.

Exworthy, M, Lunt, N, Tuck, P & Mistry, R 2024, 'From commodification to entrepreneurialism: how commercial income is transforming the English NHS', Public Money & Management, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 308-316.

Sheaff, R, Allen, P, Exworthy, M & Mannion, R 2024, 'The policy and politics of healthcare corporatisation: The case of the English NHS', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 342, 116505.

Mannion, R, Exworthy, M, Wiig, S & Braithwaite, J 2023, 'The power of Autonomy and resilience in health care delivery', BMJ, vol. 382, e073331.

Waring, J, Bishop, S, Black, G, Clarke, JM, Exworthy, M, Fulop, NJ, Hartley, J, Ramsay, A & Roe, B 2022, 'Navigating the micro-politics of major system change: The implementation of Sustainability Transformation Partnerships in the English health and care system', Journal of Health Services Research & Policy.

Exworthy, M, Gabe, J, Jones, IR & Smith, G 2021, 'Explaining health system responses to public reporting of cardiac surgery mortality in the UK and USA', Health economics, policy, and law, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 183–200.

Exworthy, M & Lafond, S 2021, 'New development: commercialization of the English National Health Service: a necessity in times of financial austerity?', Public Money & Management, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 81-84.

Hodgson, DE, Bailey, S, Exworthy, M, Bresnen, M, Hassard, J & Hyde, P 2021, 'On the character of the new entrepreneurial NHS in England: reforming health care from within?', Public Administration.

Brackley, J, Tuck, P & Exworthy, M 2021, 'Public health interventions in English local authorities: constructing the facts, (re)imagining the future', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 1664-1691.

Clarke, J, Waring, J, Bishop, S, Hartley, J, Exworthy, M, Fulop, N, Ramsay, AIG & Roe, B 2021, 'The contribution of political skill to the implementation of health services change: a systematic narrative and narrative synthesis', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 21, no. 1, 260 .

Bernardi, R & Exworthy, M 2020, 'Clinical managers' identity at the crossroad of multiple institutional logics in IT innovation: the case study of a health care organization in England', Information Systems Journal, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 566-595.


Essex, R, Rao, M, Mir, F, Surash, S & Exworthy, M 2022, 'The National Clinical Impact Awards: Cosmetic change or fundamental reform?', Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, vol. 115, no. 9, pp. 333-336.

Other report

Chambers, N & Exworthy, M 2020, Long serving NHS CEOs: What makes them tick and what keeps them going.

Review article

Kang, HS & Exworthy, M 2022, 'Wearing the Future-Wearables to Empower Users to Take Greater Responsibility for Their Health and Care: Scoping Review', JMIR mHealth and uHealth, vol. 10, no. 7, e35684.

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Health and Social care

Health policy and management including NHS reform