Mr George Bramley MSc, MBPsS

Mr George Bramley

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow and Project Manager

Contact details

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Institute of Applied Health Research
Room 124, The Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

George Bramley is a Research Fellow, systematic reviewer and project manager based in the Birmingham and Brunel External Assessment Centre. He is also a member of the UK Evaluation Society Council serving as Treasurer since 2009 and has contributed to the development of evaluation practice including development of international guidelines on policy and programme evaluation for the OECD. 


  • PRINCE2 project management 2011
  • MSc in Applied Psychology, Cranfield University, 1992
  • Level A, Occupational Testing, British Psychological Society, 1992
  • British Psychological Society, 1990
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Bolton Institute, 1990


George has over twenty years of experience in research, evaluation and evidence reviews to support policymaking and practice across a range of areas including innovation, education, enterprise, social inclusion, as well as in health.

Since joining the University of Birmingham George first worked on the CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) for Birmingham and Black Country contributing to a number of evidence reviews. Since April 2014 George has been the project manager for the Birmingham and Brunel External Assessment Centre which undertakes evidence reviews for the National Institute for Health Care Excellence.

Before joining the University of Birmingham George was an independent evaluation consultant  and a Research Director at the National Foundation for Education Research (2008-2011) and worked on the evaluations of the Gaining Ground Strategy for coasting schools and City Challenge Leadership Strategy, guidance for Developing a business case for early interventions and evaluating their value for money, an international review of the development of adult basic skills and primary author on the chapter on developing employability skills (CFBT Trust, 2010) and Research into the professional development of early career teachers (TDA, 2009).

George is expert in evidence based policy making having worked in central government as a Government Social Researcher for eleven years based in the Department of Trade and Industry (1997-2008). As Assistant Director (Research and Evaluation, Enterprise Directorate) (2006-2008)and as Head of Evaluation at the Small Business Service (2002-2006) he had oversight and responsibility for the design, commissioning and management of research, evaluations and evidence reviews for business support services and enterprise policies. George was involved in the production of the Action Plan for Small Business (2004) and the Enterprise Strategy (2008).

George was a Research Fellow in School Performance Indicators at the University of Wolverhampton (1994-1997) examining the links between different types of neighbourhoods in the Black Country and educational performance and taught on the MA in Practitioner Research and Consultancy aimed at mid-career professionals. George started his career as a researcher in 1993 on the Harris City Technology College Dyslexia Project evaluating computer-aided learning and polices to promote mainstreaming of support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties.


Current areas of research interest include the evaluation of health technologies, public patient involvement in health research, evidence synthesis and evaluation theory and methodologies.

George has previously undertaken systematic reviews, research and evaluations in the areas of education, employment, skills, innovation and enterprise policy.

Other activities

  • Council Member and Treasurer for the UK Evaluation Society (2010-present)
  • UK Delegate to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (2004-2008)


Chapman, A, Burn S, Liu, Z, Bramley, G and Cummins, C (2014). Use of extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R) in the UK - national survey of clinical experience” ECMO & Euro ELSO Congress in Paris

Chen Y-F, Bramley G, Unwin G, Hanu-Cernat D, Dretzke J, Moore D, et al. (2015). Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Migraine—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0116786. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116786 [Open Access]

Richardson, SJ, Brooks, HL, Bramley, G, Coleman, JJ (2014) Evaluating the Effectiveness of Self-Administration of Medication (SAM) Schemes in the Hospital Setting: A Systematic Review of the Literature. PLoS ONE 9(12): e113912. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113912 [Open Access]

Davies, I, Sundaram, V, Hampden-Thompson, G, Tsouroufli, M., Bramley G, Breslin, T and Thorpe, T (2014). Creating Citizenship Communities: Education, Young People and Role of Schools. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gale, N, Marshall, T and Bramley, G (2012). Starting and staying on medication for cardiovascular disease. Current Opinion in Cardiology 27:533–541 

Bramley, G, Kinder, K and Passy, R (2010). The development of employability skills for adults. In: MacLeod, S. and Straw, S. (Eds). Adult basic skills. Reading: CfBT Education Trust.

Mole, K and Bramley, G (2006). Making policy choices in non-financial business support: An International Comparison. Environment and Planning Series C: Government & Policy, 24, 885-908