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 the supervisory team for a PhD student jointly with Dept of Politics, 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.
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 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 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/) and most recently looked 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. 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 was also part of the team which investigated Understanding the new commissioning system in England: contexts, mechanisms and outcomes funded by the Dept of Health Policy Research programme.
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/ .
In July 2017 I started work looking at New Models of Care (Vanguards) 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.
Other research interests include partnership working, patient and public involvement, accountability / governance, commissioning and health and care 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