Deborah Davidson

Deborah Davidson

Health Services Management Centre
Honorary Associate Professor

Contact details

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

Deborah joined HSMC as a Senior Fellow in Organisational Development & Leadership in July 2003. Deborah Davidson worked as a director in voluntary sector mental health, social care and housing services from 1984 – 1998. From 1998 she moved to work in higher education, first at King’s College, London as Director of Leadership & Organisational Development Programmes and Director of Educational Programmes for the Institute for Applied Health and Social Policy and then to the Health Services Management Centre, at the University of Birmingham.  As a social researcher, interested in public organisations, ways of organising and change, Deborah’s research, evaluation and development activities have been focussed on improvements in the quality and capability of public services that makes a difference to end users and diverse communities.


  • Currently studying for a PhD (Impact of leaderism on change in the NHS)
  • MA in Social Research (Cultural Studies and Sociology), University of Birmingham (2011)
  • Diploma in Leadership Mentoring and Executive Coaching, Institute for Leadership and Management (2010)
  • Level A & B in Occupational Testing (BPS Registered) (2002)
  • MA Consultation & the Organisation, University of East London (1997)
  • Advanced Organisational Consultation (AOC), Tavistock Institute (1995)


Selected publications

Kilbane, J, Davidson, D, Boyd, A, Shawhan, K, Jones, S, Singh, K & Chambers, N 2020, Formative Evaluation of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Culture and Leadership Programme.

Ellis Paine A, Kamerade D, Mohan J, and Davidson D, (2019) Communities as ‘renewable energy’ for health care services? A multi-methods study into the form, scale and role of voluntary support for community hospitals in England, BMJ Open (in press)

Davidson D, Ellis Paine A, Glasby J, Williams I, Tucker H, Crilly T, et al. Analysis of the profile, characteristics, patient experience and community value of community hospitals: a multimethod study. Health Serv Deliv Res 2019;7(1).

Seamark D, Davidson D, Tucker H, Ellis Paine A, Glasby J. The changing role of GP clinicians working in community hospitals. Br J Gen Pract 2019. DOI:

Miller, R., Freeman, T., Davidson, D. and Glasby, J. (2015) An adult social care compendium of approaches and tools for organisational change. Health Services Management Centre, April 2015.

Ellins, J, Glasby, J, Tanner, D, McIver, S, Davidson, D, Littlechild, R, Snelling, I, Miller, R, Hall, K, Spence, K and the 'Care Transitions' project co-researchers (2012) Understanding and improving transitions of older people: a user and carer centred approach. Southampton: NIHRSDO.

Crilly, T, Combes, G, Davidson, D, Joyner, O and Doidge, S (2011), Feasibility of Transferring Budget and Commissioning Responsibility for Forensic Sexual Offences Examination. University of Birmingham.

Brown, H, Davidson, D, and Ellins, J (2009) Real-time Patient Feedback. Health Services Management Centre (for NHS West Midlands).

Davidson, D. and Neumann, J. (2009) It Depends: Relative Dependency in Organisational Development and Change Education and Consultancy, Academy of Management Summer Conference, Chicago, 2009

Davidson, D. and Kinneen, L. (2008) Integrating mindsets: a story of a role consultation between peers, in Whittle, S. and Izod, K. (eds) Mindful Consulting, London: Karnac Books

Acolet, D., Jelphs, K., Davidson, D. Peck, E. Clemens, F. Houston, F. Weindling, M. Lavis, J. and Elbourne, D.(2007) The BLISS cluster randomised controlled trial of the effect of 'active dissemination of information' on standards of care for premature babies in England (BEADI) study protocol, in Implementation Science 2007, 2:33

Dickenson, H., Peck, E. And Davidson, D. (2007) Opportunity Missed or Seized? A Case Study of leadership and Organizational Change in the Creation of a Care Trust, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 21 (5): 500-513

Davidson, D. and Peck, E. (2006) Designing and developing healthcare organisations in Smith, J. and Walsh, K. (eds) Healthcare Management, London: Sage

Davidson, D. and Peck, E. (2005) Organisational development and the “repertoire” of healthcare leaders, in Peck, E. (ed) Organisational Development in Healthcare: approaches, innovations, achievements, Oxford, Radcliffe, 43-61

Davidson, D and Peck E (2005) The Organisational Development Cycle: putting the approaches into a process in Peck, E. (2005) (ed) Organisational Development in Healthcare: approaches, innovations, achievements, Oxford, Radcliffe, 63-76

Davidson, D., Newbigging, K. and Peck, E. (2002) Leadership Development: Reflections and Learning on a Two-year Programme, Mental Health Review, Vol. 7, No.4, 10-14., Vol. 7, No.4, 10-14.

Davidson, D. and Vick, N. 2002 Beyond Involvement: Making Choices and Taking Control, Mental Health Review, 7, 2, 25-28.