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Stephen is Director of ARC KSS as well as Director of the Centre for Health Service Studies (CHSS), Professor of Health Policy at CHSS and also in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
He is also currently Director of the NIHR funded Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning PRUComm - a collaborative policy research unit with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Manchester and CHSS. PRUComm is undertaking research for the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, examining the development of Integrated Care Systems and Primary Care Networks, Community Health Services and changes to the Quality and Outcomes Framework.
With over 30 years of policy analysis and health services research experience, Stephen has a particular interest in the way services are organised and delivered, and examining the development and implementation of health policy.
Much of Stephen’s research has focused on the organisation of primary care and its relationship with the wider health and social care system. He has substantial experience of undertaking qualitative and mixed methods research, has been the principal investigator on large multi-centre programme grants and is involved in international projects, examining models of primary care and primary care accountability.
Stephen joined the CHSS in July 2012 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he worked for seven years. Previously, he held posts at Oxford Brookes University, University of the West of England and University of Southampton. Before that, Stephen worked for several years in the voluntary sector and, before going to University in 1982, he worked in local government.
Stephen completed his BSc in Social Sciences at the University of Southampton in 1985 and a Masters in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Manchester in 1988.
Stephen was appointed as a NIHR Senior Investigator in 2020. He is a member of the Social Policy Association, the Canadian Association of Health Services Policy and Research and an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health. Stephen is also an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto.