Professor Mark Exworthy

Professor Mark Exworthy

Health Services Management Centre
Professor of Health Policy and Management

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.


  • 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


Health and Social care

Health policy and management including NHS reform