Dr Ross Millar

Ross Millar

Health Services Management Centre
Senior Lecturer
Director of Learning and Teaching

Contact details

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

Ross is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management. His research interests look to analyse how health and social care practitioners make sense of the continuities and change associated with reform. During his time at HSMC, Ross has been involved in a variety of research projects that include comparative case studies of health system reform, the promotion of social enterprise in health and social care and the study of hospital board governance of patient safety.

Ross is the Director of Learning and Teaching at HSMC. He is also a module coordinator for Health and Healthcare Policy, Quality Improvement and Innovation, and Study Skills.

Ross is the Editor of ‘Viewpoints’ for the Journal of Health Organization and Management.


  • PhD, University of Manchester (2009)
  • MRes, University of Manchester (2003)
  • B.Soc.Sci (Hons), University of Manchester (2002)

Postgraduate supervision

Ross Millar has research interests in:

Health care reform
Social enterprise
Quality and service improvement
Organisational development
Models of policy analysis
Interpretive methods
Policy evaluation

Dr Millar’s previous projects include:

An evaluation of the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in Health and Social Care (Department of Health Policy Research Programme)
An investigation into the impact of the health reforms in England (Department of Health Policy Research Programme)


Recent publications


Millar, R, Freeman, T, Mannion, R & Davies, H 2018, 'Meta-regulation meets Deliberation: Situating the Governor within NHS Foundation Trust Hospitals' Journal of Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279418000739

Mannion, R, Davies, H, Powell, M, Blenkinsopp, J, Millar, R, McHale, J & Snowden, N 2018, 'Healthcare scandals and the failings of doctors: do official inquiries hold the profession to account?' Journal of Health, Organization and Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-04-2018-0126

Zhang, M, Wang, W, Millar, R, Li, G & Yan, F 2017, 'Coping and compromise: a qualitative study of how primary health care providers respond to health reform in China' Human Resources for Health, vol. 15, no. 1, 50. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-017-0226-z

Millar, R, Chen, Y, Wang, M, Fang, L, Liu, J, Xuan, Z & Li, G 2017, 'It's all about the money? a qualitative study of healthcare worker motivation in urban China' International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 16, no. 1, 120. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-017-0616-9

Mannion, R, Davies, H, Jacobs, R, Kasteridis, P, Millar, R & Freeman, T 2017, 'Do Hospital Boards matter for better, safer, patient care?' Social Science and Medicine, vol. 177, pp. 278-287. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.01.045

Millar, R, Jian, W, Mannion, R & Miller, R 2016, 'Healthcare reform in China: making sense of a policy experiment?' Journal of Health, Organization and Management, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 324-330. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-12-2014-0200

Mannion, R, Freeman, T, Millar, R & Davies, H 2016, 'Effective board governance of safe care: a (theoretically underpinned) cross-sectioned examination of the breadth and depth of relationships through national quantitative surveys and in-depth qualitative case studies' Health Services and Delivery Research, vol. 4 , no. 4, pp. 1-164. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr04040

Freeman, T, Millar, R, Mannion, R & Davies, H 2016, 'Enacting corporate governance of health care safety and quality: a dramaturgy of hospital boards in England' Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 233–251. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12309

Millar, R & Dickinson, H 2016, 'Planes, straws and oysters: the use of metaphors in healthcare reform' Journal of Health, Organization and Management, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 117-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-11-2013-0242

Millar, R, Freeman, T & Mannion, R 2015, 'Hospital board oversight of quality and safety : a stakeholder analysis exploring the role of trust and intelligence' BMC Health Services Research, vol. 15, no. 1, 196. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-015-0771-x

Mannion, R, Davies, H, Freeman, T, Millar, R, Jacobs, R & Kasteridis, P 2015, 'Overseeing oversight: governance of quality and safety by hospital boards in the English NHS' Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, vol. 20, no. 1 (suppl. 9-16), pp. 9-16. https://doi.org/10.1177/1355819614558471

Hall, K, Miller, R & Millar, R 2015, 'Public, Private or Neither? Analysing the publicness of health care social enterprises' Public Management Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2015.1014398

Mcleod, H, Millar, R, Goodwin, N & Powell, M 2014, 'Perspectives on the policy ‘black box’: a comparative case study of orthopaedics services in England' Health economics, policy, and law, vol. 9, no. 04, pp. 383-405. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744133114000048

Millar, R, Mannion, R, Freeman, T & Davies, H 2013, 'Hospital Board Oversight of Quality and Patient Safety: A Narrative Review and Synthesis of Recent Empirical Research' Milbank Quarterly, vol. 91, no. 4, pp. 738-770. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0009.12032

Commissioned report

Mannion, R, Blenkinsopp, J, Powell, M, McHale, J, Millar, R, Snowden, N & Davies, H 2018, Understanding the knowledge gaps in whistleblowing and speaking up in health care: narrative reviews of the research literature and formal inquiries, a legal analysis and stakeholder interviews. Health Services and Delivery Research, vol. 60, 30 edn, National Institute for Health Research. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr06300

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