Dr Anna Coleman PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Since October 2020 I have been working with The Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health / Thomas Ashton Institute on the PROTECT project COVID-19: Transmission and environment looking at Covid-19 and impacts in different work settings e.g. Public transport, areas of enduring prevalence.

Previously, I worked as part of the organisations theme within the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre for many years, before it became part of the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation (HiPPO) Research Group within the Centre for Primary Care (CPC), Institute of Population Health (Faculty of Medicine) in 2012 where I was deputy lead of HiPPO. In 2018 we became part of the bigger Health Policy Organisions and Economics (HOPE) group within CPC as the Centre expanded.

I undertake all aspects of research from bidding for grants, project design, through data collection (Interviews, observations, FGDs, surveys etc) and project management, analysis and dissemination.

I am part of supervisory teams for 2 PhD students, 1 jointly with Dept of Politics and 1 with The Business School (AMBS), UoM. Two of my PhD students successfully graduated in programme in 2014, another in 2015 and one jointly supervised with Dept of Politics in 2019. I have also been an advisor to many PhD students and supervised Masters level students.


I joined the University (Dept of Health funded National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, 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 gaining a PhD (2006). This led to the national evaluation project on health scrutiny (2004-2007) in collaboration with researchers from Manchester Business School and Dept of Politics (at Manchester) funded by the Centre for Public Scrutiny.

I have undertaken external consultancy work which has included specialist advice, case studies, literature reviews, 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).

Between January 2011 and December 2018 I was part of PRUComm (Health Policy Research Unit on Commissioning and the Healthcare stystem - PRUComm http://www.prucomm.ac.uk/)

Between 2013-2016 I worked 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 was part of the research team for a further project on competition and co-operation within local health economies.

I have, in addition to the above, (November 2015 to July 2018) worked on a project funded by the Health Foundation to evaluate and understand health and social care devolution in the Greater Manchester area, along with colleagues from Manchester Business School 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/ .

Between July 2017 - May 2021I researched New Models of Care (Vanguards) in the English NHS  - to determine the extent to which the Vanguard programme has resulted in implementation of new service models.

I am currently working on the PROTECT project COVID-19: Transmission and environment looking at Covid-19 and impacts in different work settings e.g. Public transport, areas of enduring prevalence.

Other research interests include partnership working, links with local government, patient and public involvement, accountability / governance, commissioning, retun to work and wellbeing of workers, qualitative methods and (health and care) policy.

Social responsibility

Between 2015/17 I was a Board member for Warrington Housing Association - http://www.wha.org.uk/

Facilitation of Sarah's Stars - support group for young women with breast cancer in Warrington and the surrounding area. See more at: http://makeadifferencemcr.tumblr.com/post/64760787215/i-help-young-women-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer




BA Soc Sci (Hons) Geography

MA Applied Population Research


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


External positions

Policy Adviser (Surveys and projects), Warrington Borough Council

1 Jul 199831 Dec 1999

Assistant / Deputy Survey Manager, Merseyside Information Service (MIS)

Nov 1994Jun 1998

Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Health policy, Commissioning, Primary Care, Local Government, biology medicine and health, Integration, Partnership working

Education / academic qualifications

  • Royal Society of Statistics - ordinary level, University of Central Lancashire (1999)
  • NVQ Level 4 Market Research, MRS (Market Research Society) (1997)

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