Ruth Boaden

Ruth Boaden


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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 is an Honorary 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 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

Research interests

Ruth’s research interests cover a wide range of areas within health services management and focus now on the implementation of new approaches, including the reorganisation of service provision, as well as quality and improvement. Ruth has always had a focus on knowledge transfer arising from high quality research, to ensure that the findings are accessible, applicable to practice and implemented to make an impact. 


Ruth has taught service and quality improvement to postgraduate students, including those on the NHS General Management Training Scheme and Operations Management on the AMBS full-time MBA programme. She also has a track record of teaching post-experience students and has participated in AMBS Executive Education programmes as well as speaking at conferences for the NHS and associated organisations

She set up and directed the Leadership through Effective People Management programme for the NHS, which was run in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2001-2006 and provided for directors and deputies from across the NHS, with over 110 students graduating with an MSc.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Ruth chairs the Care, Implementation and Public Health Grants Board for the Alzheimer’s Society, and am also a member of their Research Strategy Council.

Ruth is a member of the NICE Implementation Strategy Group.

Ruth is 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)


Much of the multi-disciplinary research I have been involved in has focused on evaluation of policy and change programmes  within the NHS, in order to inform decisions about service provision for patients.

I led a highly-rated impact case study for the Research Excellence Framework in 2014, titled “Improving health through an evidence-based implementation programme” which drew on the work of the CLAHRC and demonstrated the impact of an assessment tool developed using knowledge from applied research into knowledge translation and service improvement, for reviews six months after people have had a stroke. The flexible assessment tool (GM-SAT) that can be used by a range of practitioners is now in use across England in a range of providers, enabling the fulfilment of national strategy and improved care for these patients.

As a co-investigator on a high-profile HS&DR funded evaluation of the reconfiguration of acute stroke services in London and Manchester (10/1009/09), where I led the Manchester qualitative analysis, I worked with the clinical lead to explain the results of this work to decision makers in Manchester, leading to a further reconfiguration of services which is now providing further benefit for patients in receiving timely and appropriate care after stroke.

I also have a track record of research into quality and safety improvement  within the NHS, which has direct relevance to patients, and is the area in which I first developed research within a healthcare context during the early 2000s.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Independent Advisor on Evaluation, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

1 Jul 2018 → …


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