I worked as part of the organisations theme within the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre for over 12 years and from 2012 I have been part of the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation (HiPPO) Research Group within the Centre for Primary Care, Institute of Population Health (Faculty of Medicine).
I am Deputy lead of the HiPPO team.
I undertake all aspects of research from bidding for grants, project design, through data collection (Interviews, observations, surveys etc), analysis and dissemination.
Within HiPPO I am part of the supervisory team for several PhD students, currently Jolanta Shields (jointly with Dept of Politics). Two of my PhD students successfully graduated in programme in 2014 and another in 2015.
I joined the University (NPCRDC) in 2000 having worked in various policy/research roles within local government for the previous 6 years in the NW of England.
At NPCRDC I worked on the ‘Tracker Survey’ evaluating the implementation of PCG/Ts (2000-2003) and various associated partnership projects, before completing a 3 year study around the development of local authority health scrutiny which led to my gaining a PhD (2006). This led to the national evaluation project on health scrutiny (2004-2007) in collaboration with researchers from CPPM (Manchester Business School) and IPEG (at Manchester) funded by the Centre for Public Scrutiny.
I jointly developed a health policy module for the online MPH/MRes and jointly taught the course between 2007 and 2009. Since then I have been a tutor and supervised various MPH dissertations.
I have undertaken external consultancy work which has included case studies, literature reviews, specific lectures and workshop facilitation.
I was part of the team that undertook research into the introduction of practice based commissioning (2007-2009) and research looking at alternative primary care providers in England (2010/11). Since January 2011 I have been part of PRUComm (Health Policy Research Unit on Commissioning and the Healthcare stystem - PRUComm http://www.prucomm.ac.uk/) and am currently looking at the development of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs - a third phase being Understanding primary care co-commissioning - uptake, development and impacts (CCG3)) and Health and Wellbeing Boards. Since 2013 I have been working on a project investigating the development, operation and functioning of the public health system (case study - obesity - PHOENIX: An investigation of the public health system in England) and am part of the research team for a further project on competition and co-operation within local health economies. I am also part of the team looking at Understanding the new commissioning system in England: contexts, mechanisms and outcomes.
I have, in addition to the above, started (November 2015) worked on a 2 year project funded by the Health Foundation to evaluate and understand health and social care devolution in the Greater Manchester area, along with colleagues from AMBS and the NIHR Manchester CLAHRC. More details can be found at: http://clahrc-gm.nihr.ac.uk/2015/10/learning-from-devo-manc-researching-health-and-social-care-devolution/ .
In October 2017 I started work looking at New Models of Care in the English NHS - The aims of the project are to determine the extent to which the Vanguard programme has resulted in implementation of new service models; identify factors that support / inhibit the implementation of local (micro), local health economy (meso) and national level support / evaluation / regulation (macro); and ascertain the impact of the programme on relevant outcomes, including economic assessment of costs and cost-effectiveness. http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/primarycare/research/HiPPO/researchprojects/?ID=3716&Control=TagList1
Other research interests include partnership working, patient and public involvement, accountability / governance, commissioning and health policy.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Health Policy and Politics Network - http://hppnuk.wordpress.com
Honorary Research Fellow at LSHTM - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk
Member of the Committee (5) on the ethics of research on human beings (Manchester University) 2013-2016