Prof Bernard Crump studied medicine at the University of Birmingham, qualifying in 1980. After seven years in clinical practice and clinical research, he returned to the West Midlands to postgraduate training in public health medicine.
He spent a decade as Director of Public Health in South Birmingham, and in Leicestershire, where he was also Deputy Chief Executive. In 2002 he became CEO of Shropshire and Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority, a post which he occupied until being appointed the first CEO of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in July 2005. The NHS Institute has developed a wide range of programmes that are supporting the improvement of the NHS, the Productive Ward and the Productive Series, the No Delays Achiever and commissioners.
He has written and lectured on a wide range of topics in healthcare, including aspects of population health, the role of clinicians in management, health and healthcare improvement, the use of metrics in encouraging improvement and the use of health economics in decision-making. He is currently a Professorial Teaching Fellow in Medical Leadership at Warwick Medical School.