I am a health policy and health services researcher specialising in qualitative and observational methods. I have particular interest in the NHS and health care policy history, governance, political economy, institutionalism, and anthropology. I am a member of the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation (HOPE) research group.
I joined the University of Manchester in 2009, working on the NIHR funded AMP (Improving Access to Mental Health Services in Primary Care) programme.
Between 2011-2015 I undertook an ESRC funded PhD entitled 'Health policy, the politics of governance and change: The introduction of Clinical Commissioning Groups in context' (supervised by Dr Kath Checkland, Dr Anna Coleman, and Prof Steve Harrison). In this study I employed policy document analysis, ethnographic observations, and interviews to explore how a national health policy (the Health and Social Care Act 2012) was enacted at the local organisational level of a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). By subjecting the Act to critical analysis (or "problematisation") I built up an understanding of it that I was able to take "into the field" with a case study CCG to see how prominent policy ideas were interpreted and shaped social practices. I then applied the institutional logics framework to the findings and explored its utility as an interpretive aid.
I am currently Research Fellow on a Department of Health funded study focused on enhancing understanding of the post-Health and Social Care Act (2012) health care commissioning system in England.