Professor Robin Miller

Robin Miller

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Director of Global Engagement for the College of Social Sciences

Contact details

School of Social Policy
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Professor Robin Miller is an applied academic with an international reputation in relation to integration, leadership and implementation within health and social care. He has been P-I/Co-I to over £14 million of research grants over the past decade and has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles and books.

Robin is the Joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Integrated Care , an advisory group member of the European Forum for Primary Care, and a Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research. He led the development of the U21 Community of Practice for Social Work with membership from seventeen universities from across the world. Robin has developed and facilitated numerous leadership and management programmes for those working in health and social care. These include the Senior Leaders Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship Programme (MSc in Health & Care System Leadership) and the strength based leadership programme in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Robin co-chaired the Guidance, Good Practice and Innovation Advisory Group of the national adult social care taskforce for COVID 19, is a member of the Health & Wellbeing Board for Birmingham and co-leads the Society & Wellbeing Work Package of the European University for Well-being.

Robin specialises in:

  • new models of primary, integrated and social care
  • leadership within health and social care
  • strength based practice
  • inter-professional working and education
  • policy and programme evaluations


His relevant qualifications and memberships are:

  • Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research (2019)
  • PhD (Managing Change in Health and Social Care), University of Birmingham
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013)
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham (2013)
  • Fellow of the School for Social Care Research (2011)
  • Future Directors Programme, Social Care Institute of Excellence (2010)
  • MSc in Public Sector Management (Distinction), University of Birmingham (2004)
  • MA in Social Work, University of Edinburgh (1994)
  • Diploma in Social Work, University of Edinburgh (1994)
  • BSc (Upper Second), University of Glasgow 1990


Prior to taking up post at the University, Robin was a frontline social work practitioner in disability and mental health services before moving into operational management of integrated health and social care teams. He worked as a Commissioning Manager for Vulnerable Adults & People with a Learning Disability before taking on the leadership of an Integrated Service for children and adults with a disability. His final operational post was Deputy Director of Community Services within a Care Trust with a lead for Children’s health services and adult disability and mental health. Through his evaluation work he has maintained a direct link with the realities of health and social practice, and seeks to support managers to use research and theory to improve patient experience and outcomes. He has won awards in relation to his management practice and his academic publications. Robin’s PhD explored the realities of change management within health and care through researching change in different contexts and levels of the system. He regularly speaks at home and international conferences on improving collaboration between professionals, organisations and sectors.


Current and recent projects include:

  • AddRessing the ImpAct of coviD-19 paNdEmic on the access to and experience of mental health care of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups (ARIADNE) (NIHR)
  • Why Are We Stuck In Hospital? Understanding Service User, Family And Staff Perspectives When Transforming Care For People With Learning Disabilities And/or Autism, Co-investigator (Nihr Evaluation, Trials And Studies Coordinating Centre)
  • Evaluation of WM ADASS peer challenge process within adult social care (WM ADASS)
  • Implementation of strength based practice in adult social care (NIHR)
  • Social work leadership across the home nations of the UK (NIHR)
  • Social Care Lead of the West Midlands Applied Research Collaborative (NIHR)
  • Exploring asset-based innovations to deliver whole system change (SSCR)
  • Building social resources to prevent, reduce or delay needs for care and support in adult social care in England (DHSC Policy Research Programme)
  • Evaluation of the Building the Right Support Programme (NHS England)
  • Evaluation of the Pacesetters Programme (Public Health Wales)
  • Partnering for Improvement (Health Foundation)
  • Long-term evaluation of the Integrated Care and Support Pioneers Programme (Department of Health Policy Research Programme)

Other activities

Other positions of responsibility:

  • Co-Chair of the Guidance, Good Practice and Innovation Advisory Group to the National Covid 19  Taskforce for Adult Social Care
  • Birmingham Health & Wellbeing Board Member (2018-)
  • Joint Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Integrated Care (2017-)
  • Advisory group member of the European Forum for Primary Care (2016-)
  • Co-Editor of the Journal of Integrated Care (2013-2018)
  • Non-executive director on the Board of Trident Social Investment Group (2013-2015)
  • Chair of trustees of Reach the People Charity (2011-2015)


Recent publications


Miller, R, Ehrenberg, N, Jackson, C, Stein, V, Van der Vlegel‐Brouwer, W & Wojtak, A 2024, 'Just a story? Leadership, lived experience and integrated care', Health Expectations, vol. 27, no. 3, e14084.

Miller, R, Ehrenberg, N, Jackson, C, Penwarden, H, Stein, V, van der Vlegel-Brouwer, W & Wojtak, A 2023, 'Builder, Expert, Disruptor, Leader: The Many Roles of People with Lived Experience', International Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 23, no. 3, 12.

Mahesh, S, Lowther, J & Miller, R 2023, 'Improving Quality in Social Work: The Role of Peer Challenge', British Journal of Social Work.

Winsper, C, Bhattacharya, R, Bhui, K, Currie, G, Edge, D, Ellard, DR, Franklin, D, Gill, PS, Gilbert, S, Miller, R, Motala, Z, Pinfold, V, Sandhu, H, Singh, SP, Weich, S & Giacco, D 2023, 'Improving mental healthcare access and experience for people from minority ethnic groups: an England-wide multisite experience-based codesign (EBCD) study', BMJ Mental Health, vol. 26, no. 1, e300709.

Schaub, J, Hewison, A, Haworth, S & Miller, R 2021, 'A Leadership Model for Social Work: Drawing on healthcare to inform social work leadership', British Journal of Social Work.

Duggal, S, Miller, R & Tanner, D 2021, 'Implementing asset-based integrated care: A tale of two localities', International Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 21, no. 4, 19, pp. 1-11.

Miller, R, Glasby, J & Dickinson, H 2021, 'Integrated health and social care in England: ten years on', International Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 21, no. 4, 6.

Wyatt, S, Miller, R, Spilsbury, P & Amin Mohammed, M 2021, 'The impact of structural changes to community nursing services on the rate of emergency hospital use of older people: a longitudinal ecological study of based on 140 primary care trusts in England', Journal of Integrated Care.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Miller, R, Kaehne, A & Glasby, J 2023, The contribution of leadership for effective integration of care. in N Chambers (ed.), Research Handbook on Leadership in Healthcare . Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 132–148.

Commissioned report

Miller, R, Smith, J, Durand, MA & Mays, N 2024, Evaluation of the integrated care and support pioneers programme in the context of new funding arrangements for integrated care in England (2015- 2020) PR-R10-1014-25001: Final report to Department of Health and Social Care, and National Institute for Health Research, Policy Research programme: Work Package 3: Engagement with pioneers, policy makers and national partner/user organisations to derive and spread learning.

Vallance, P & Miller, R 2023, EUniWell Policy Commission 2022-2023 Final Report: Young People, Well-being, and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Learning for the Future. University of Birmingham.

Sidhu, M, Litchfield, I, Miller, R, Fulop, N, Janta, B, Tanner, J-R, Maistrello , G, Bousfield, J, Vindrola-Padros, C & Sussex, J 2022, The use of pulse oximetry in care homes to manage residents with COVID-19 and long-term health conditions in England: a rapid evaluation.

Other contribution

Glasby, J, Miller, R, Glasby, A-M, Ince, B & Konteh, F 2023, 'Why are we stuck in hospital': A guide to overcoming the barriers to people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people leaving ‘long-stay’ hospital. University of Birmingham. <>

Glasby, J, Miller, R & Dickinson, H 2022, A reason to be cheerful (about integrated care). Emerald. <>

Review article

Ince, R, Glasby, J, Miller, R & Glasby, A-M 2022, ''Why are we stuck in hospital?' Understanding delayed hospital discharges for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people in long-stay hospitals in the UK', Health and Social Care in the Community.

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  • integration in health and social care
  • the role of the third sector (i.e. voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises) in health and social care
  • social care and community health services (in particular learning disability and mental health)
  • Commissioning of health and social care services

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Health and social care policy in general social enterprise, commissioning, partnerships, community services, services for people with a learning disability.

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