Simon Bailey

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Position: Research Associate
Academic unit: People, Management and Organisations


I joined MBS in 2011 as a research associate joining the Organisations & Society subject group of the People, Management and Organisation division. I initially joined the NIHR study: 'Being a Manager, Becoming a Professional: Exploring the mobilisation of management knowledge through communities of practice in healthcare organisations'. Since the completion of this project I have remained in the division, in 2013 I began work for the Greater Manchester CLAHRC and was promoted to research fellow in 2014.

Prior to joining MBS I worked at the University of Nottingham, completing my PhD, "Producing ADHD" in the School of Education in 2009, after which I moved to the School of Sociology where I contributed to the NIHR study 'Challenging Care: The role and experience of health care assistants in inpatient dementia care', following which I moved to the Nottingham CLAHRC, based in the Business School.

I published my first book 'Exploring ADHD: an ethnography of disorder in early childhood' with Routledge in 2013, also in 2013 I collaborated in the staging of a piece of research-based theatre, which premiered to a capacity audience over 2 weeks in the Notthingham Lakeside theatre. A six-venue national tour of the play, 'Inside out of Mind' is planned for March 2015.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology at the London School of Economics in 2004.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the critical study of management and organisations, and with exploring relations of power, knowledge and subjectivity within public organisations, with a particular focus on healthcare. My research is strongly interdisciplinary, contributing to research and theory in organisation studies, sociology of work, medical sociology, childhood and education. I am also interested in the theory and method of ethnography and narrative and arts-based methods, and in the work of Michel Foucault. I am keen to receive PhD applications related to any of these areas.

In 2013 I joined the Greater Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLARHC), which is a partnership between the university and providers and commisioners in the NHS, industry and the 3rd sector, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). I work across several of the CLAHRC themes, collaborating with colleagues in the Centre for Primary Care, Health Economics and School of Nursing . For more information on CLAHRC please visit:

Current Projects

Primary Care Demonstrator Pilot Evaluation, Funded by the NIHR and NHS England, October 2013 - March 2015

End of Life Pathways Project, Funded by NIHR and North, Central and South Manchester CCGs, January 2014 - June 2015

Managed Innovation Network in Research-based Theatre: Inside Out of Mind, Funded by the Royal College of Nursing, Arts Council, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, University of Nottingham, Institute of Mental Health and Comic Reief, October 2011 - June 2015

Completed Projects

End of Life Care Evaluation, Funded by Pennine Care Foundation Trust, November 2012 - October 2013

Being a manager, Becoming a professional: Exploring the use of management knowledge across communities of practice in healthcare organisations, Funded by the NIHR, July 2010 - March 2013

The role of diffusion fellows in reducing the research to practice gap in healthcare, Funded by NIHR, June 2010 - June 2013

Return to work after stroke, Funded by NIHR, June 2008 - June 2013

Reducing risk of diabetes in people of South Asian origin, Funded by NIHR, June 2008 - June 2013

The mediating effects of treatment context and individual characteristics on the stigma experiences of inpatient mental health service users, Funded by the Insitute of Mental Health, September 2009 - March 2010

Inpatient care for people with dementia: implications for person-centred practice, Funded by NIHR, June 2008 - September 2010

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  • Scales, K., Bailey, S., Middleton, J., & Schneider, J. (2017). Power, empowerment, and person-centred care: Using ethnography to examine the everyday practice of unregistered dementia care staff. Sociology of Health and Illness. . Publication link: 69484e8b-fb23-4af2-ab88-859f4a412ece


  • Hyde, P., Bresnen, M., & Bailey, S. (2016). The reluctant entrepreneurs: Doing business in a competitive NHS. Paper presented at the 10th International Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference (OBHC), Cardiff, UK, .. Publication link: 6eaddb2b-9043-44c9-baed-c93ea03bec0a
  • Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Hyde, P., & Hassard, J. (2016). MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING IN THE UK HEALTHCARE CONTEXT: CHANGE AND CONTINUITY. In Proceedings of the Seventy-sixth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.. Publication link: e8f20f5d-d3ee-4d09-90b0-b76cb69d7e78


  • Bailey, S., & Lesnik-Oberstein, K. (Ed.) (2015). ADHD mythology. In Rethinking disability theory and practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan . . Publication link: 052d2ba3-1984-4837-b560-cc1c5022526f


  • Schneider, J., Lowe, S., Myers, T., Scales, K., Bailey, S., & Lloyd, J. (2014). A short report on knowledge exchange through research-based theatre: ‘Inside Out Of Mind’.Social Science & Medicine, 118, 61-65. . Publication link: f9b09d22-d9b0-49dd-8def-a02d7ce07ac1


  • Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Hyde, P., & Hassard, J. (2013). Being a manager, becoming a professional? Exploring the use of management knowledge across communities of practice in healthcare organisations. National Institute of Health Research.. Publication link: 8e56e1b1-01a1-411c-91a7-da48ee9a0118
  • Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Bresnen, M., Hyde, P., & Ward, R. (2013). End of Life Care Pathway Evaluation. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.. Publication link: 3222ac21-fdfe-4e87-b91a-d395cfd0c48d


  • Schneider, J., Beeley, C., Scales, K., Bailey, S., Verhaege, M., & Bracke, P. (2012). Ward features and stigma experiences of mental health service users: A replication. Journal of Social Psychiatry. . Publication link: 0e3b2345-d50b-4c05-8a1b-40012a1dff34


  • Scales, K., Bailey, S., & Lloyd, J. (2011). Separately and together: reflections on conducting a collaborative team ethnography in dementia care. Enquire, 6, 24-49. . Publication link: 56e08145-1506-4272-90a5-c53d5c00f77e
  • Lloyd, J., Schneider, J., Scales, K., & Bailey, S. (2011). In-group identity as an obstacle to effective multidisciplinary teamworking: findings from an ethnographic study of healthcare assistants in dementia care. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25(5). . Publication link: e9baaf35-5017-49cd-a734-99a47479f25f
  • Grant, M., Rowley, E., Walker, M., Radford, K., & Bailey, S. (2011). Implementing support for returning to work after stroke: A qualitative exploration of existing provision. International Journal of Stroke, 6(3), 13-13. . Publication link: ce5eaab7-2eb2-4807-8402-90efd6d552f2


  • Schneider, J., Scales, K., Bailey, S., & Lloyd, J. (2010). Challenging care: The role and experience of Health Care Assistants in dementia wards. National Institute of Health Research.. Publication link: 36004298-245a-42f7-ae5f-dda55928b44f


  • Bailey, S. (2009). Producing ADHD: An ethnographic study of behavioural discourses of early childhood University of Nottingham. Publication link: ffcd6c10-02e1-42f2-8fec-2ca6f167ef2c