Dr Alistair Hewison PhD, MA, BSc, Cert ED (FE), RN

Dr Alistair Hewison

School of Nursing
Reader in the Organisation and Management of Care
End-of-Life Care Research Programme Lead
Lead for Clinical Leadership in the Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership

Contact details

Address
Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Alistair Hewison is a Reader in the Organisation and Management of Care.  He is also the Lead for Clinical Leadership in the University Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership. He has undertaken research investigating the organisation of care over a number of years and published widely on nursing, management and policy in scholarly journals and book chapters.

He has led a number of projects investigating end of life care in a range of settings, service redesign, and the organisation of nursing services.  His involvement in this programme of work is centred on understanding how the effective organisation and management of services can improve care.  

 

Qualifications

  • PhD Sociology 2000
  • MA Sociological Research Methods in Health Care 1993
  • BSc Nursing Studies 1988
  • Certificate in Education (FE) 1990
  • RN 1981

Biography

Alistair qualified as a registered nurse from the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham. Following a number of staff nurse posts in a range of clinical specialties he worked as a Charge Nurse and Senior Nurse Manager. 

He was later appointed Senior Lecturer in Health Care Management at Coventry University, later becoming Head of the Health Sciences Subject Group. Since joining the University of Birmingham he has developed his research and teaching activities in the organisation and management of care.

Teaching

Teaching Programmes

Module Leadership

  • Leadership and Management in Health Care

  • The Reflective Advanced Practitioner

  • MSc Advanced Practice Dissertation Module

Other Teaching

Alistair also contributes to a wide range of other modules in the areas of management, quality, and policy.

Postgraduate supervision

Alistair is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • The organisation and management of End-of-life care.
  • Nursing management - particularly in relation to the role of the ward manager.
  • Service organisation and design. 

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Alistair on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   

Alistair is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • The organisation and management of care, particularly end of life care.
  • Nursing management-particularly in relation to the role of the ward manager.
  • Service organisation and design. 

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Alistair using the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   

Research

Research Activity

Alistair's research interests are focussed on health care management, policy and nursing leadership.   In recent years this has centred on the organisation of end-of-life care in a range of settings including care homes, the community and NHS acute trusts.

Recent projects include a three centre evaluation of Day Hospice services, an investigation of large scale service transformation, and studies of compassionate leadership in health care organisations. 

Other activities

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer (Research), St Mary’s Hospice, Birmingham
  • Research Lead on The Birmingham and Solihull Palliative and End-of-Life Care Service re-design Partnership (2017-)
  • UK Council of Deans for Health Research Network (2017-)
  • West Midlands Hospice Research Network (2018-)

Publications

Selected Publications

  • Morrell K,  Hewison A and Heracleous L. (2019) From events to histories: narrating change in health-care organizations. Public Management Review doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2019.1619814

  • Hewison A, Sawbridge Y and Tooley L. (2019) Compassionate Leadership in Palliative and End of Life Care-A Focus Group Study.  Leadership in Health Services https://doi.org/10.1108/ LHS-09-2018-0044
  • Hewison A, Sawbridge Y, Cragg R, Rogers L, Lehmann S and Rook J. (2018) Leading with compassion in health care organisations: the development of a compassion recognition scheme-evaluation and analysis.  Journal of Health Organization and Management DOI 10.1108/JHOM-10-2017-0266

  • Bailey C, Hewison A, Karasouli E, Munday D, and Staniszweska S (2016) Hospital care following emergency admission: a critical incident case study of the experiences of patients with advanced lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Journal of Clinical Nursing 25 (15-16), 2168–2179.

  • Karasouli E, Munday D, Bailey C, Staniszweska S, Hewison A and Griffiths F E (2016) A qualitative critical incident study of patients’ experiences leading to emergency hospital admission with advanced respiratory illness.  BMJ Open 6:e009030 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009030

  • Gale N, Shapiro J, McLeod H, Redwood S, and. Hewison A (2014) The Patients-People-Place model: Researching Organisational Culture during Service redesign.  Implementation Science 9:106, 1-11. http://www.implementationscience.com/content/9/1/106)

  • Hewison A, Lord L and Bailey C (2014) ‘It’s been quite a challenge’-Redesigning End of Life Care in Acute hospitals.  Palliative and Supportive Care - doi:10.1017/S1478951514000170.
  • Hewison A (2013) The missing leaders: Rediscovering the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse role.  Leadership in Health Services 26 (4), 268 – 282. DoI 10.1108/LHS-12-2011-0049

  • Hewison A and Morrell K.(2013) Leadership Development in Healthcare: A counter narrative to inform policy.  International Journal of Nursing Studies DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2013.08.004

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Expertise

  • Nursing
  • Compassionate care