Dr Lawrence Benson

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Position: Senior Fellow
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Lawrence started his career as a NHS planning and commissioning officer in London and West Yorkshire in 1992 he moved to health services management education and development. Before moving to MBS he worked as an academic at the Universities of Bradford and Huddersfield. Lawrence joined the MBS as a Lecturer in Healthcare and Public Sector Management in 2003 and was promoted in 2008 to the position of Senior Fellow in the Health Policy and Management Group. Lawrence is an experienced researcher and teacher working within healthcare management and policy. He gained his PhD in 2003 from the University of Bradford studying partnership working within Primary Care Group boards. His research and evaluation experience at MBS has included healthcare networks amongst clinicians and managers in Coronary heart disease and Children’s' services, NHS Networks commissioned by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and the introduction of Assistant Practitioners during their introduction to the NHS in Greater Manchester. Lawrence teaches on a range of programmes including doctors who are specialitytrainees, clinical scientists and business and management undergraduates.

His main research interests are Partnerships between health and social care organizations within the context of regionalized government and Leadership and service improvement exercised by proto medical leaders.

Research Interests

His main research interests are medical leadership, devolution of power to the regions for health and social care.

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  • Benson, L., Brookes, S., Goodman, G., Hussain, M., & Rathfelder, M. (2015). The commencement of regional devolution of commissioning of health and social care to Greater Manchester from the United Kingdom national government. In host publication.. Publication link: 3a3fde39-6bca-4d3e-805d-5b4dc006f00d



  • Sheaff, R., Benson, L., Farbus, L., Schofield, J., Mannion, R., Reeves, D., ... Pope, C. (Ed.) (2010). Health network culture and reform. In Culture and Climate in Health Care Organizations. (pp. 138-148). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan . . Publication link: 35097de9-c1ad-41c2-aa6d-997b46535ef1


  • Sheaff, R., Schofield, J., Benson, L., & Farbus, L. (2008). Networks Resilience in the face of English NHS Reforms. In host publication.. Publication link: bd37f2bb-e9d1-496f-b429-41c41b357822


  • Benson, L. A., & Wright, G. (2006). Effective partnership working in Healthcare European Group of Public Administration. In host publication.. Publication link: 1bc95868-7a77-4cfa-9d21-e5a1cb72548e
  • Benson, L. A., Boyd, A., & Walshe, K. (2006). Learning from regulatory interventions in healthcare. The Commission for Health Improvement and its clinical governance review process. Clinical Governance, 11(3), 213-224. DOI: 10.1108/14777270610683146. Publication link: 73b24b81-fdf2-42c9-a132-e98812421f44



  • Benson, L., Walshe, K., & Boyd, A. (2004). On the Review Trail: assessing the impact of a health care regulator. In host publication.. Publication link: f35bf2b1-97a8-4744-9bb4-5156a21c8791
  • Benson, L., Venning, P., Young, R., Walshe, K., & Mullen, C. (2004). Beginning to Reinvigorate the Workforce. British Journal of Health Care Management, 10(9). . Publication link: fa10ef0e-0995-4301-8089-b9c99dbbb674