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Since October 2020 I have been working with The Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health / Thomas Ashton Institute on the PROTECT project COVID-19: Transmission and environment looking at Covid-19 and impacts in different work settings e.g. Public transport, areas of enduring prevalence, power generation etc.

Previously, I worked as part of the organisations theme within the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre for many years, before it became part of the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation (HiPPO) Research Group within the Centre for Primary Care (CPC),  where I was deputy lead of HiPPO. We then became part of the bigger Health Policy Organisions and Economics (HOPE) group within CPC as the Centre expanded.

I undertake all aspects of research from bidding for grants, project design, through data collection (Interviews, observations, FGDs, surveys etc) and project management, analysis and dissemination.

I am part of supervisory teams for 2 PhD students, 1 jointly with Dept of Politics and 1 with The Business School (AMBS), UoM. Two of my PhD students successfully graduated in programme in 2014, another in 2015 and one jointly supervised with Dept of Politics in 2019. I have also been an advisor to many PhD students and supervised Masters level students.


I joined the University (Dept of Health funded National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, NPCRDC) having worked in various policy/research roles within local government for the previous 6 years in the NW of England.

At NPCRDC I worked on projects evaluating the implementation of PCG/Ts and various associated partnership projects, before completing a 3 year study around the development of local authority health scrutiny gaining a PhD. This led to the national evaluation project on health scrutiny in collaboration with researchers from Manchester Business School and Dept of Politics (at Manchester) funded by the Centre for Public Scrutiny.

I have undertaken external consultancy work which has included specialist advice, case studies, literature reviews, lectures and workshop facilitation.

I was part of the team that undertook research into the introduction of practice based commissioning and research looking at alternative primary care providers in England.

Between January 2011 and December 2018 I was part of PRUComm (Health Policy Research Unit on Commissioning and the Healthcare stystem - PRUComm http://www.prucomm.ac.uk/)

I have worked on a project investigating the development, operation and functioning of the public health system (case study - obesity - PHOENIX: An investigation of the public health system in England) and was part of the research team for a further project on competition and co-operation within local health economies.

I have also worked on a project funded by the Health Foundation to evaluate and understand health and social care devolution in the Greater Manchester area, along with colleagues from Manchester Business School and the NIHR Manchester CLAHRC. More details can be found at: http://clahrc-gm.nihr.ac.uk/2015/10/learning-from-devo-manc-researching-health-and-social-care-devolution/ .

I have researched New Models of Care (Vanguards) in the English NHS  - to determine the extent to which the Vanguard programme has resulted in implementation of new service models.

I most recently worked on the PROTECT project COVID-19: Transmission and environment looking at Covid-19 and impacts in different work settings e.g. Public transport, areas of enduring prevalence, energy production etc.

Other research interests include partnership working, links with local government, patient and public involvement, accountability / governance, commissioning, retun to work and wellbeing of workers, qualitative methods and (health and care) policy.


I led the develop of the health policy module on the online MPH / MRes. which I also jointly taught on between 2007 and 2009. Since then I have spent some time as a tutor and supervised various MPH dissertations. I currently supervise Masters students in Occupational / environmental health

I have run ad-hoc seminars / workshops for Manchester Business School, Warwick Business School, INLOGOV etc on health scrutiny, hospice care and clinical engagement in primary care commissioning.


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Health Policy and Politics Network - http://hppnuk.wordpress.com

Honorary Research Fellow at LSHTM - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk

Member of the Committee (5) on the ethics of research on human beings (Manchester University) 2013-2016


Methodological knowledge

Qualitative methods including interviews, observation and documentary analysis. Our team have pioneered the use of observation within NHS settings.

Mixed and survey methods, focus groups and citizens panels.


BA Soc Sci (Hons) Geography

MA Applied Population Research


Social responsibility

Between 2015/17 I was a Board member for Warrington Housing Association - http://www.wha.org.uk/

Facilitation of Sarah's Stars - support group for young women with breast cancer in Warrington and the surrounding area. See more at: http://makeadifferencemcr.tumblr.com/post/64760787215/i-help-young-women-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Royal Society of Statistics - ordinary level, University of Central Lancashire

… → 1999

NVQ Level 4 Market Research, MRS (Market Research Society)

… → 1997

External positions

Policy Adviser (Surveys and projects), Warrington Borough Council

1 Jul 199831 Dec 1999

Assistant / Deputy Survey Manager, Merseyside Information Service (MIS)

Nov 1994Jun 1998

Areas of expertise

  • R Medicine (General)
  • Health Policy
  • Commissioning
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • qualitative methods
  • Surveys
  • Integration
  • Partnership working
  • JS Local government Municipal government
  • Policy
  • Devolution

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Thomas Ashton Institute


  • Health policy
  • Commissioning
  • Primary Care
  • Local Government
  • biology medicine and health
  • Integration
  • Partnership working


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  • Outstanding Reviewer Award

    Coleman, Anna (Recipient), Nov 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • PhD Research Supervision award

    Coleman, Anna (Recipient), Sep 2020

    Prize: Other distinction