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Sarah Willis, BA (Hons), MA, PhD


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Sarah is a senior lecturer in Healthcare Management. 

Her research interests are in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and in the role of education and training in the development of the healthcare workforce.  


Sarah Willis is a senior lecturer in Healthcare Management who has previously worked in the school of pharmacy and in the medical school at the University of Manchester.

Sarah has more than 20 years’ experience of leading health services research projects, with a focus on people and health systems, processes and practices, applying sociological, behavioural, and implementation science methods of enquiry to investigate the work of healthcare professionals, the organisations they practice in and their role in addressing the challenges faced by the health system.   

She has worked with clinicians, commissioners and professional bodies on implementation studies in NHS settings to uncover the ways that processes for normalisation or barriers to this are located in context and social practices; key to much of this is leadership.  

Sarah is currently also involved in developing leadership capacity in low and middle income countries, working in partnership with clinical pharmacists in Kampala, Uganda and Beijing China on knowledge translation projects to improve antimicrobial stewardship, a healthcare system wide approach to slow antimicrobial resistance.


  • 1994 – MA (Econ) Applied Social Research, University of Manchester
  • 1989 – BA (Hons)  Combined Studies (First Class) , University of Manchester
  • 2010 - PhD Pharmacy Practice

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 5 - Gender Equality

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Work and Equalities Institute


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