Merv has over 20 years combined experience of management (public and private), knowledge transfer, academic research, UG and PG teaching and consulting/evaluation/engagement.
Prior to setting up his own research/consulting business in 1999 he was an executive within a global aerospace organisation, heading up a directorate function responsible for managing knowledge transfer from university research centres to support operational efficiency improvements.
His NHS employment in mental health services ran in parallel with his consultancy commissions from 2001 to 2007. He still consults across private and public sectors and has acted as the principal consultant on a number of high profile public sector service transformation and executive education projects. Included in his time at UoB was a fixed term secondment to University of Cumbria (UoC).
Whilst at UoC he was co-designer of a blended learning Health Leadership MBA, taught on the Leadership and Sustainability MBA and was convener of a range of PG health and social care management modules. His recent research track record includes securing grants as PI (3) and Co-I (3) from the AHRC (5) and ESRC (1). All on collaborative research projects with partners including from home faculties, external HEIs and healthcare commissioners and providers. Publications and international conference paper presentations on health leadership and ethics, sustainability of service improvements and workforce development evaluation have been a consistent feature from 2001 onwards.
2018 - present: AHRC - PI role on Phronesis and the Medical Community: Impact and Engagement follow up
2015 - 2018: AHRC - PI role on Phronesis and the Medical Community: researching practical wisdom and ethical decision making in medical leadership
2015 - 2018: ESRC - Co-I role on Leadership and Ethics Seminar Series project
2015 - 2017: UK LA Care Homes – ‘Just Right’ tele-healthcare care project evaluation for adults with learning disabilities. A movement sensor system which detects activity in each room of a living environment
2014 - 2015: States of Jersey Mental Health Service Redesign – Principal Consultant role working with the whole service
2014: NHS England Mental Health Commissioning Executive Leadership Programme for West Midlands CCGs
2013 - 2015: Northwest Deanery - Medical Leadership in Practice Cohort Tutor
2012: Cumbria County Council -‘Transition and Resilience’ leadership programme for senior managers to help them accelerate service and structural transformation programmes
2012: Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust ‘Learning Leaders’ and ‘Developing Leadership Excellence’ programmes for senior managers and clinicians to improve the dynamic change capability across the organisation
2011 - 2013: Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Partnership Trust Integrated Leadership Programmes
2011-12: Shropshire & South Staffordshire NHS Mental Health Trusts. Specialist support to the wholesale redesign and evaluation of mental health services
2011 - 12, Calderstones NHS Partnership Foundation Trust, ‘Soul Centred Leaders’ programme to reduce ward manager burn out
2011: NIHR/Sandwell Hospitals NHS Trust Surgical Review to evaluate the impact on staff and patients of centralising surgical services
2010: NHS National Leadership Council – leadership accreditation international benchmarking study to improve undergraduate and postgraduate health leadership education in the UK
2009 - 2010, NHS West Midlands – Telehealthcare Project Managers leadership development programme to help mainstream tele-healthcare and to support self-management of long term conditions