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Institute for Health Policy and Organisation

Influencing healthcare policy and organisation through world-leading interdisciplinary research

The funding and delivery of effective health care is one of the most significant global grand challenges. Countries face growing demand for health and care driven by ageing populations, the rising costs of care as new treatments emerge, rapid technological change and rising public expectations. As this demand grows, governments are increasingly pressured by resource constraints to transform the way they deliver services. Old paradigms, such as central planning, hospital-centred care and market-oriented reform, are proving ineffective; while technological advances and devolved decision making represent new but unproven opportunities.

This climate creates the opportunity to develop bold and distinctive new ways to conceive of healthcare delivery. The University of Manchester has a growing reputation in the field of health services organisation and policy research, having secured over £30 million in awards and donations since 2011. The establishment of the Institute for Health Policy and Organisation will ensure we are at the front and centre of these vital debates.

Institute members work closely with healthcare providers and commissioners, regulatory and professional bodies, national and local government departments, policy makers, think tanks, third sector organisations, community groups and other stakeholders. We create ongoing conversations and projects with a range of stakeholders and are proactively looking for organisations to partner with on our many research projects.

Institute for Health Policy and Organisation

Learn more about the Institute here: 

  • Organisation and workforce covers health and care policy and its impact upon service organisation and the health and
    care workforce.
  • Regulation and leadership looks at how health and social care is led and governed, including internal and external systems of regulation for holding organisations and individual professionals to account for  the quality and safety of services.
  • Health and care in the wider context focuses on how health and care policy is impacted by social, political and economic contexts.
  • attract the highest calibre researchers in the field of health policy and organisation to join or work with the Institute
  • provide focused career support for researchers engaged in interdisciplinary work
  • build a developmental pipeline to form the research leaders of tomorrow
  • facilitate coordinated, strategic action with other key University research units/institutes
  • encourage formal collaboration with similar centres/institutes across the world
  • open new potential funding streams for interdisciplinary research
  • support the delivery of higher quality research outputs
  • provide a platform for engagement with policy makers and other key stakeholders
  • enable colleagues to respond better to complex real-world challenges
  • facilitate the generation of impact on a scale and quality that is not possible under present arrangements.
  • Damian Hodgson - Professor of Organisational Analysis at Alliance Manchester Business School and Institute Co-Director
  • Kath Checkland - Professor of Health Policy and Primary Care at The University of Manchester and Institute Co-Director
  • Ruth Boaden - Professor of Service Operations Management at Alliance Manchester Business School. 
  • Ruth McDonald - Professor of Health Services Research
  • Pete Bower - Chair in Health Sciences 
  • Matt Sutton - Chair in Health Economics 
  • Kieran Walshe - Professor of Health Policy & Management 
  • Evangelis Kontopantelis - Professor of Data Science & Health Services Research
  • Naomi Chambers - Professor of Health Management 
  • Ellen Schafheutle - Professor of Pharmacy Policy and Practice, Director of the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies 
  • Ann Mahon - Professor of Health Leadership 
  • Anne McBride  - Professor of Employment Relations 
  • Rachael Meacock - Senior Lecturer in Health Economics 
  • Simon Turner  - Senior Lecturer in Health Policy & Org.
  • Tarani Chandola - Professor of Medical Sociology 
  • Paul Wilson - Senior Research Fellow 
  • Roman Kislov - Senior Research Fellow