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2017-present: Senior Lecturer in Health Economics
2016-2017: Lecturer in Health Economics
2010-2016: Research Fellow in Health Economics
2008-2010: Research Associate in Health Economics


Funding/Grants awarded

Investigating variation in pay in Adult Social Care.
Funding Body: NIHR PRP
Dates: May 2023-September 2024 

Greater Manchester Rapid Service Evaluation Team: REVAL-GM
Funding Body: NIHR HS&DR
Dates: August 2022-July 2027

Incorporating the gains from healthy ageing in health system planning
Funding Body: Australian Research Council (Discovery Projects)
Dates: April 2022-March 2025 

Screening in Guatemala: Costing Study
Funding Body: Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI)
Dates: May 2021-October 2021 

UK Centre of Excellence for Musculoskeletal Health and Work
Funding Body: MRC
Dates: October 2021-December 2024

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester
Funding Body: NIHR
Dates: October 2019-September 2024

Evaluation of the Tameside and Glossop Greater Manchester Transformation funded schemes
Funding Body: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Dates: December 2018-November 2020

Evaluating the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP)
Funding Body: NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
Dates: April 2017-March 2021

Collaboration for leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
Funding Body: NIHR 
Dates: January 2014-September 2019

An evaluation of a new water fluoridation scheme in Cumbria
Funding Body: NIHR Public Health Research Programme
Dates: April 2013-March 2019

Developing an Evidence-Based Public Health Resource Allocation Formula
Funding Body: Department of Health Policy Research Programme
Dates: April 2014-April 2015 

Developing the Mental Health Funding Formula for Allocations to General Practices
Funding Body: Department of Health Policy Research Programme
Dates: December 2010-December 2012 

Developing the NHS Resource Allocation Formulae for Mental Health Services and Prescribing
Funding Body: Department of Health Policy Research Programme
Dates: January2010-June 2010 

Career development awards:

MRC/ESRC/NIHR Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Economics
Funding Body: MRC, ESRC, NIHR
Dates: September 2010-August 2012 

ESRC 1+3 funding MSc and PhD
Funding Body: ESRC
Dates: September 2003-August 2007

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Professional bodies membership
Health Economics Study Group (HESG)
Royal Economics Society (RES)
International Health Economics Association (iHEA)

Committee membership
International Health Economics Association (iHEA) (scientific review panel)
NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme Regional Advisory Panel member


Course director: 
MSc Economics (Health specialisation) 

Module director:
ECON60432 Healthcare Economics 

Health Economics module of the Masters in Public Health

Postgraduate dissertation supervision:
Masters in Public Health 

Research interests

Current research interests:

My overarching research interest lies in equitable access to health care and needs assessment

  • Healthcare inequalities: sexual orientation, resource allocation, access to health care. 
  • Health care resource allocation/Supply:  workforce planning, healthcare budget setting.

PhD topic areas for potential supervision:

  • Inequalities in health 
  • Inequalities in healthcare


Research activity:

Extended (7-day) access to primary care:

  1. The impact of extending GP practice out of hours services on A&E admissions and patient satisfaction - a Greater Manchester pilot evaluation ('demonstrators' evaluation)
  2. Investigation into the demand for extended access services
  3. Impact of extended access on patient satisfaction and experience of primary care
  4. Investigating the impact of distance on the use of primary care extended hours
  5. Evaluation of 7-day GP services in Greater Manchester - full Greater Manchester evaluation
  6. Salford Wide Extended Access Pilot
  7. GP Access Fund evaluation  

Needs measurement: workforce planning & resource allocation:

  1. Applying a needs-based approach to workforce planning in health care in England & Canada
  2. Allocation of funds for prescribing and mental health care services 
  3. Person based resource allocation formula for mental health
  4. Allocation of sexual health components of public health budgets to Local Authorities
  5. Addressing Long-Term Workforce Challenges in General Practice in Greater Manchester: The Greater Manchester primary care workforce study

Health and social care tranformation:

  1. Evaluation of the Tameside and Glossop Greater Manchester Transformation funded schemes

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered health:

  1. Inequalities in health and access to primary care by sexual orientation
  2. Chemsex and new HIV diagnosis in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men attending sexual health clinics
  3. Chemsex and the city: sexualised substance use in gay bisexual and other men who have sex with men attending sexual health clinics
  4. Do different means of recording sexual orientation affect its relationship with health and wellbeing?

Work incapacity and health:

  1. Mental health, work incapacity, and State transfers: an analysis of the British Household Panel Survey
  2. Predicting which people with psychosocial distress are at risk of becoming dependent on State benefits: an analysis of routinely available data
  3. The effect of mental ill health on absence from work in different occupational classifications: analysis of routine data in the British Household Panel Survey
  4. A powerful intervention: General Practitioners use of sickness certification in depression


  1. Provider incentives and access to dental care: evaluating the NHS dental reforms in England
  2. Cumbria Assessment of Teeth – a Fluoride Intervention Study for Health

Diabetes prevention:

  1. Referral to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and conversion from nondiabetic hyperglycaemia to type 2 diabetes millitus in England: A matched cohort analysis.
  2. Could Diabetes Prevention Programmes result in the widening of sociodemographic inequalities in Type 2 Diabetes? 
  3. Variation in appropriate diabetes care and treatment targets in urban and rural areas in England: an observational study of the ‘rule of halves’.
  4. Going the distance’: an independent cohort study of engagement and dropout among the first 100 000 referrals into a large-scale diabetes prevention program.
  5. Epidemiology and determinants of non-diabetic hyperglycaemia and its conversion to type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  6. Sociodemographic disparities in non-diabetic hyperglycaemia and the transition to type 2 diabetes.

Internal migration:

  1. The determinants of internal migration in Great Britain: A duration approach
  2. The employment and earnings of migrants in Great Britain
  3. The pursuit of happiness: Subjective wellbeing and internal migration in Great Britain 


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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Economics, Economics and Econometrics, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 200331 Aug 2004

Award Date: 1 Oct 2004

Bachelor of Economics, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 200031 Aug 2003

Award Date: 31 Aug 2003

Doctor of Social Science, Internal Migration in Great Britain: Causes and Effects, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 200431 Aug 2008

External positions

NIHR RfPB Regional Panel Member

1 Jan 2017 → …

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • health services research
  • HA Statistics
  • health services research
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • health services research

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Health Inequalities


  • Health Care
  • Econometrics
  • Health inequalities
  • Health economics
  • Health Services Research


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