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Theme Lead

Prof Graeme Currie, Professor of Public Management, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Graeme Currie is Associate Dean at Warwick Business School, responsible for the development of strategy. In his previous institution, Nottingham University, he was Director of Research for the business school and a member of the university’s research strategy committee. Whilst at the University of Nottingham, he enjoyed a 2 year stint (2008-end 2010) as Director of CLAHRC for Nottingham, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. He stepped down as CLAHRC Director and moved to Warwick Business School to return to a research, rather than a managerial role. Since then, he has led 3 large scale research programmes (funded by NIHR HS&DR and DH), and is about to embark on leading another (funded by NIHR HS&DR), in which he has co-ordinated academic faculty and research fellows, at the same time engaging senior and middle level NHS managers in studies of organisation & management of healthcare. A particular attribute of Graeme relates to capacity building amongst early career staff. In a ‘previous life’, prior to becoming an academic, Graeme was an organisation development advisor in the NHS. Finally, Graeme acted as Non-Executive Director at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust 2006-08.

Email: Graeme dot Currie at wbs dot ac dot uk

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 28432

Meet the Team
Dr Lee Gunn

Before concentrating on health service user/carer research, Lee worked in industry as a project manager and usability speciality; in higher education as a senior lecturer in communication design; and as a freelance writer. Her main research interests are family caregiving; patient experiences; health services and mental distress. Lee has carried out research using a wide variety of methods, but prefers qualitative research with an emphasis on narrative accounts of experience.

Dr Alison Hipwell

Alison Hipwell is a Research Fellow within the Implementation and Organisational Studies Theme (5). Her research interests include entrepreneurship and innovation; self-management; long-term conditions; social inequalities in health; BME health; minority ethnic health inequalities; Patient and Public Involvement in research; behaviour change interventions; qualitative research methods; and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Dr Brian Litchfield-Cant

Brian Litchfield-Cant is a Research Fellow at Warwick Business School. He joined CLAHRC WM Theme 5, Implementation and Organisational Studies after completing a PhD at Nottingham University Business School, exploring how to formulate strategies that are ‘owned’ across diverse and, often disputing, healthcare stakeholders. Brian’s current research focuses on how to support knowledge mobilisation, with specific projects including the mobilisation of safety evidence (Birmingham Children’s Hospital), triage evidence about infections (Coventry), and trauma for elderly patients (Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust). Whist Brian only recently completed his PhD, his interest in strategic planning has longer practice roots. As a public policy adviser and political speech-writer, Brian became frustrated with top-down planning that seemed to identify strong technical positions but gained little traction with practice. Re-training at the London School of Economics (MSc) supported his move into management consultancy where he specialised in facilitating strategic change. After a decade of supporting management teams across the world, the appeal of exploring strategic management more robustly proved too strong to resist, so he joined the CLAHRC WM team.

Prof Eivor Oborn, Professor of Healthcare Management, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Eivor Oborn joined Warwick Business School in October 2012 as Professor of Health Care Management. She is also a Research Fellow at Judge Business School, Cambridge University and a Co-Lead of the Judge Business School Implementation Theme of Cambridge and Peterborough CLAHRC research to practice project funded by the NIHR for £10 M. Eivor holds an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Bio-Surgery and Surgical Technology at Imperial College London, working in association with Lord Darzi. She received her PhD as a Gates Scholar from Cambridge Judge Business School in 2006. Her research interests include knowledge translation, multidisciplinary collaboration, organisation theory and change, health service innovation, technology use and health policy reform.

Dr Giovanni Radaelli

Dr Giovanni Radaelli is a Research Fellow at Warwick Business School and works for CLAHRC WM Theme 5: Implementation and Organisational Studies. Giovanni obtained his PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy). His thesis studied the strategic and institutional role of generalist middle managers engaged with the diffusion of integrated care pathways in 14 Italian hospitals. His main research interests relate to change and development in professional organizations, with a specific focus on how healthcare professionals and managers engage with interdisciplinary collaborations to introduce radical innovations. In the past, Giovanni was involved in various national and European projects, contributing to the impact assessment of e-Health systems for risk prevention and management in 4 Hospitals in Italy, England and Finland (EU project: ReMINE); to the impact assessment of e-Health systems for patient activation (EU project: Palante); to study the implementation of a new tele-monitoring system for patients with chronic heart failure (National project: Nuove Reti Sanitarie); and to study the antecedents of knowledge sharing behaviors in 6 Italian Hospice & Palliative Care Organizations. In early 2014, Giovanni joined the University of Warwick. In CLAHRC WM projects, he undertakes qualitative research on the translation of evidence into new roles, services and technologies. Giovanni is currently conducting research on: The development of a new clinical service for patients with complex symptoms; the implementation of ‘advanced nurse practitioners’ in mental health; the diffusion of a personal health records in primary and secondary care; the design and implementation of a new Mental Health Service for Children and Young Adults aged 0-25 in Birmingham Children Hospital.

All qualitative research encompasses interviews, non-participant observations; and other instruments of longitudinal analysis and grounded theory. Methodologically, while embedded in traditional research methods, Giovanni has a strong interest in exploring new modes of research, and particularly collaborative research methodologies (Mode 2). Giovanni also contributes to the course “Healthcare Management” for Master students in biomedical engineering at Politecnico di Milano; and has lectured in Bachelor courses of Business Administration; and MBA courses on health technology assessment.

Dr Sophie Staniszewska

Dr Sophie Staniszewska leads the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and Experiences of Care Programme at the RCN Research Institute, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick. Previously, Sophie was Director of Research at the National Centre for Involvement and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Health and Social Studies. Sophie is also Visiting Professor at London Southbank University and Co-Editor in Chief of Research Involvement and Engagement, a Biomed journal focused on the development of the public involvement evidence base. Sophie has spent the past 20 years researching different aspects of public involvement and experiences, completing a range of projects focused on developing the evidence base of public involvement in research and health services. Most recently, Sophie led the GRIPP 2 study, working with the EQUATOR Network at Oxford University, to develop international consensus on reporting guidance for public involvement. Sophie was Vice-chair of the Breaking Boundaries Review, which has now reported to the Chief Medical Officer in England, with a renewed vision for public involvement in health, which will be implemented over the next decade. Sophie developed the Warwick Patient Experience Framework which underpins the NICE Patient Experience Guidance and Quality Standard. The Warwick Framework also underpins the ‘Improving Experiences of Care’ strategy in England, which is creating organisational alignment among key health care organisations responsible for delivering high quality care. Sophie was a member of the National Quality Board Patient Experiences Sub-group, as academic advisor. Sophie was a member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care Panel in the UK.

Prof Ivo Vlaev, Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Ivo Vlaev joined Warwick Business School as a professor of Behavioural Science in 2014. He received his DPhil in Experimental Psychology from St. John's College, Oxford before working as a researcher elsewhere in the University of Warwick, as well as University College London, Imperial College and Decision Technology Ltd. In 2010, Ivo co-authored the Mindspace report published by the UK Cabinet Office, advising local and national policymakers on how to effectively use behavioural insights in their policy setting. He has also acted as a reviewer for a wide range of journals and research funding organisations.

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Meet the team


Theme Lead

Professor Graeme Currie, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick


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