Prof Naomi Chambers

Professor of Health Management

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Biography

Naomi’s wide range of teaching, advisory and research interests include healthcare leadership, organisation culture, diversity and inclusion, board governance, clinicians in management, health care commissioning, health policy and management in Europe, primary care, patient and public involvement, emergency planning, e-health and clinical costing. Her publications and media profile reflect this breadth of interests.

Naomi is currently co-director of Leadership & Management in the Higher Specialist Healthcare Scientist Training (HSST) Programme. Previous teaching roles have included programme director for the Nye Bevan executive programme for aspiring NHS board directors, university lead for NHS Leadership Academy programmes, and Director of Executive Education. Outward facing roles have included President of the European Health Management Association and vice chair of NHS North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Two recent research projects have involved leading a team investigating changes in board level leadership in hospitals in England following the publication of the Francis Report into the failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Hospital Foundation Trust (completed 2018) and the evaluation of the content, applications and impacts of the NHS well-led framework on behalf of CQC and NHSI (completed 2020). Current projects include research for a book on organising care round patients to be published by Manchester University Press, a study on long serving NHS CEOs on what makes them tick and what keeps them going, and women’s experiences of urogynaecology services.

Drawing from her research, teaching and advisory experience, Naomi has an ongoing working relationship with a number of NHS boards and senior leadership teams supporting them to develop to meet the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s health and care systems. She is also in close collaborative contact with colleagues working in national regulatory and oversight bodies, and with independent policy organisations such as the Kings Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation.

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