Iain Snelling

Iain Snelling

Health Services Management Centre
Senior Fellow

Contact details

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

Iain specialises in teaching, consultancy and research in management and leadership development in the NHS, service evaluation and improvement, clinical engagement in management and leadership. From 2011 – 2013 he was co-Director of the educational element of the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and the NHS Clinical Leadership Fellows programme, and from 2012-2015 he was HSMC Director of Teaching.  He was a tutor on the NHS Leadership Academy’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme from 2013-2020. His current work includes contributions to HSMC’s MSc programmes, and the intercalated programme in Health Management and Leadership for medical students. He has developed and run leadership programmes for surgical trainees, and had developed a PGCert programme to runs alongside future cohorts, and is developing with Mark Exworthy, a Clinical Leadership strand to the Business School’s on-line MBA programme.

Qualifications

His main qualifications and memberships are: 

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University (2003)
  • MA Ethics of Health Care, University of Wales (1998)
  • Diploma in Health Services Management, Institute of Health Management (1992)
  • BA (Hons), Politics, University of Leicester (1987)

Biography

Iain joined HSMC in 2010 and was previously Head of the Centre of Professional and Organisation Development at Sheffield Hallam University. He is an experienced teacher at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has developed a number of bespoke educational programmes for the NHS. He is particularly interested in the effect of individuals’ development on their performance at work, the idea that there can be a ‘rate of return’ on development activities. His professional background is in NHS hospital management – he had wide experience in operational management and in corporate roles in the NHS where he worked for 13 years. His last post was Deputy Director of Operations at West Suffolk Hospital, until 2002.

Iain was an NHS Manager from 1988 – 2002. He started in the NHS at a time when the movement to engage doctors in the management and leadership of the NHS was taking off. His first senior management job was in a ‘triumvirate’ with a Clinical Director and a Nurse Manager, and this experience of working with part time medical leaders (hybrids), and with clinical leaders more generally, has remained an academic interest ever since. For many years he has run leadership development programmes for Medical Trainees, most recently for Surgeons in the West Midlands. He has undertaken research into medical leadership arrangements, and the development of  development roles to support medical leadership.

Research

Current and previous projects include

  • Evaluation of the Health Education England South West Clinical Leadership Mentors programme (2019-2020)
  • Evaluation of the HEE Wessex Chief Registrar programme (2017-2018)
  • Evaluation of the Royal College of Physicians Chief Registrar programme (2016-2017)
  • Every patient a research patient? Evaluating the current state of research in the NHS. Cancer Research UK (2014-2015)
  • Models of Medical Leadership and their Effectiveness: NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme. (2011-2013)
  • Understanding and improving transitions of older people: a user and carer centred approach. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme.  (2010-2012)

Publications

2020

Snelling I, Brown H, Hardy L, Cockburn S, Somerset L (2020) “An evaluation of the Health Education England South West Clinical Leadership Mentors programme” Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. 

Snelling, I., Exworthy, M. and Ghezelayagh, S. (2020), "The Chief Registrar role in the UK: leadership capacity and development of hybrid leaders", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 1-15. 

2019

Snelling, I., Benson, L.A. and Chambers, N. (2019), "How trainee hospital doctors lead work-based projects", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 85-100. 

2017

Dickinson, H., Snelling, I., Ham, C. and Spurgeon, P.C. (2017), "Are we nearly there yet? A study of the English National Health Service as professional bureaucracies", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 430-444. 

2015

Brown, H., Hewison, A., Gale, N., Snelling, I. and Shneerson, C. (2015) Every patient a research patient? Evaluating the current state of research in the NHS. A report for Cancer Research UK, May 2015.

2014

Brown, H, Ellins, J, Kearney, J, Singh, K, Jackson, O, Krelle, H and Snelling, I (2014), Measuring Up? The Health of NHS Cancer Services. A report for Cancer Research UK by the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham and ICF International, September 2014.

2013

Dickinson H, Ham C, Snelling I, Spurgeon P (2013) Are We There Yet? Models of Medical Leadership and their Effectiveness: An Exploratory Study. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme.

2012

Ellins J, Glasby J, Tanner D, McIver S, Davidson D, 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. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme.

2011

Miller R, Snelling I, Brown H. (2011) Liberating the NHS: orders of change? Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Policy Paper 11.

2010

Snelling, I (2010). The development of regulation of acute hospitals in England: Leadership challenges. Leadership in Health Services 2010, 23,2,172-179 2010, 23,2,172-179

Snelling I (2010) Health Policy. In Sellman D and Snelling P, eds, (2010). Becoming a Nurse, A textbook for professional practice. Pearson. Pearson.

Snelling I, Havard C, Pontin D (2010) Management and Leadership. In Sellman D and Snelling P, eds, (2010). Becoming a Nurse, A textbook for professional practice. Pearson. Pearson.

2003

Snelling I (2003). Snelling I. Do star ratings really reflect hospital performance?. Journal of Health Management and Organisation 2003; 17,3, 210-223. 2003; 17,3, 210-223

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