Ruth is a Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School. She has extensive experience in healthcare management, evaluation, improvement, the implementation of research into practice and a focus on ensuring impact from research.
Ruth is the Independent Advisor on Evaluation to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) where she draws on her extensive academic experience and networks to support GMHSCP in appropriate and pragmatic evaluation of their activity. This includes evaluation of work within GM localities, as well as GM-wide programmes including those focused on population health.
Ruth was Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester, from its establishment in January 2014 to completion in September 2019. This followed 5 years of funding (2008-2013) for an previous CLAHRC where she was the Deputy Director and led implementation activity and research. CLAHRC carried out and implemented applied health research, both on specific healthcare conditions, and on the way in which services are designed and provided and improved, in order to improve health and the way in which resources are used in healthcare. It was a collaboration of NHS providers, commissioners, industry and third sector partners in Greater Manchester with the University of Manchester with £20m of funding from these partners and the NIHR
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
I chair the Care, Implementation and Public Health Grants Board for the Alzheimer’s Society, and am also a member of their Research Strategy Council.
I am a member of the NICE Implementation Strategy Group.
I am a member of the NIHR Academy Advanced Fellowships panel, which makes awards for NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowships (KMF). I was a member of the selection panel for the NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships since their inception in 2011, and appointed as chair of this panel in April 2016.
I have previously been a member of the Advisory Group for the NIHR Dissemination Centre and the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Board. I have also chaired the project advisory group for one NIHR HS&DR study (09/1002/02) and was a member of another (12/5002/18)