Professor Ellen Nolte


of Health Services and Systems Research


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 207 927 2280

My background is in public health, with a Masters degree (MPH) from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and a PhD at the LSHTM. I previously led the two London offices of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies at the LSHTM and the LSE, and before that, I led the Health and Healthcare Policy Programme at RAND Europe, Cambridge, where I also co-directed the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research.

I am co-editor of the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


I teach on Issues in Public Health, Health Systems and the DL Global Health Policy as organiser of the Research Design and Methods for the Analysis of Global Health Policy module.


My main interest and expertise is in health systems research, international health care comparisons and performance assessment. Over the past decade I led a programme of work around international health care comparisons and developed an internationally recognised research portfolio around innovative service models that seek to better meet the needs of people with complex and long-term health problems, with a particular focus on care coordination and integration within and across sectors. Current projects include collaborative implementation research to inform and support scale up of the Primary Health Integrated Care Project for Chronic Conditions(PIC4C) in Kenya and the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Improving Hypertension Control in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa (IHCoR Africa) with colleagues at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust and MRC Gambia.

I am Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit (PIRU), a collaboration between the LSHTM, the Care Policy & Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Imperial College London Business School. We develop rigorous research evidence to support innovation in health and social care policy across England.

Recent work includes research to better understand the role of health system factors and international variation in cancer survival as part of the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership. I also led work synthesising evidence to support the develpoment of person-centred health systems, examining perspectives on 'person-centredness' from the different roles people take in health systems, as individual service users, care managers, taxpayers or active citizens.

Research Area
Health care policy
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Public health
Quality improvement
Global Health
International comparisons
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
European Union
OECD members

Selected Publications

The Lancet Global Health Commission on financing primary health care: putting people at the centre.
Hanson K; Brikci N; Erlangga D; Alebachew A; De Allegri M; Balabanova D; Blecher M; Cashin C; Esperato A; Hipgrave D
The Lancet Global health
Exploring the link between cancer policies and cancer survival: a comparison of International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership countries.
Nolte E; Morris M; Landon S; McKee M; Seguin M; Butler J; Lawler M
The Lancet Oncology
Quality of care assessment for people with multimorbidity.
Valderas JM; Gangannagaripalli J; Nolte E; Boyd CM; Roland M; Sarria-Santamera A; Jones E; Rijken M
Journal of Internal Medicine
How do we ensure that innovation in health service delivery and organization is implemented, sustained and spread?
Nolte E
How do we ensure that innovation in health service delivery and organization is implemented, sustained and spread?
Handbook integrated care
Amelung VE; Stein V; Goodwin N; Balicer R; Nolte E; Suter E
Community hospitals and their services in the NHS: identifying transferable learning from international developments – scoping review, systematic review, country reports and case studies
Pitchforth E; Nolte E; Corbett J; Miani C; Winpenny E; van Teijlingen E; Elmore N; King S; Ball S; Miler J
Health Services and Delivery Research
Implementing integrated care: A synthesis of experiences in three European countries
Nolte E; Frølich A; Hildebrandt H; Pimperl A; Schulpen GJ; Vrijhoef HJM
International Journal of Care Coordination
Delivering the aims of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care: understanding their strategies and contributions
Soper B; Hinrichs S; Drabble S; Yaqub O; Marjanovic S; Hanney S; Nolte E
Health Services and Delivery Research
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