Dr William Whittaker PhD

Senior Lecturer in Health Economics

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Research interests

Current research interests:

My overarching research interest lies in equitable access to health care and needs assessment

  • Health inequalities: sexual orientation, resource allocation, access to health care. 
  • Health care resource allocation/Supply:  workforce planning, healthcare budget setting.

PhD topic areas for potential supervision:

  • Inequalities in health and access to health care (LGBT)
  • Inequalities in access to primary care


Research activity:

Extended (7-day) access to primary care:

  1. The impact of extending GP practice out of hours services on A&E admissions and patient satisfaction - a Greater Manchester pilot evaluation ('demonstrators' evaluation)
  2. Evaluation of 7-day GP services in Greater Manchester - full Greater Manchester evaluation
  3. Salford Wide Extended Access Pilot
  4. GP Access Fund evaluation  

Health and social care tranformation:

  1. Evaluation of the Tameside and Glossop Greater Manchester Transformation funded schemes

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered health:

  1. Inequalities in health and access to primary care by sexual orientation
  2. Chemsex and new HIV diagnosis in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men attending sexual health clinics
  3. Chemsex and the city: sexualised substance use in gay bisexual and other men who have sex with men attending sexual health clinics

Work incapacity and health:

  1. Mental health, work incapacity, and State transfers: an analysis of the British Household Panel Survey
  2. Predicting which people with psychosocial distress are at risk of becoming dependent on State benefits: an analysis of routinely available data
  3. The effect of mental ill health on absence from work in different occupational classifications: analysis of routine data in the British Household Panel Survey
  4. A powerful intervention: General Practitioners use of sickness certification in depression

Needs measurement: workforce planning & resource allocation:

  1. Applying a needs-based approach to workforce planning in health care in England & Canada
  2. Allocation of funds for prescribing and mental health care services 
  3. Person based resource allocation formula for mental health
  4. Allocation of sexual health components of public health budgets to Local Authorities
  5. Addressing Long-Term Workforce Challenges in General Practice in Greater Manchester: The Greater Manchester primary care workforce study


  1. Provider incentives and access to dental care: evaluating the NHS dental reforms in England
  2. Cumbria Assessment of Teeth – a Fluoride Intervention Study for Health

Internal migration:

  1. The determinants of internal migration in Great Britain: A duration approach
  2. The employment and earnings of migrants in Great Britain
  3. The pursuit of happiness: Subjective wellbeing and internal migration in Great Britain 



Research and projects