Prof Ellen Nolte

Professor of HS and Systems Research

United Kingdom

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.


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


I currently teach on Issues in Public Health and Health Systems. I previously taught on 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 services and 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.
I am Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Policy Innovation and Evaluation, a collaboration between the LSHTM, the Care Policy Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and University of Glasgow. We develop rigorous research evidence to support innovation in health and social care policy across England.

Recent and ongoing 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 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.

We recently completed 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 development 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 services research
Primary health care
Complex interventions

Selected Publications

Understanding the treatment burden of people with chronic conditions in Kenya: A cross-sectional analysis using the Patient Experience with Treatment and Self-Management (PETS) questionnaire.
Koros, H; NOLTE, E; Kamano, J; Mugo, R; MURPHY, A; Naanyu, V; WILLIS, R; Pliakas, T; Eton, DT; Barasa, E; PEREL, P;
PLOS Global Public 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
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; Kalisa, I; Kurowski, C; Meng, Q; Morgan, D; Mtei, G; NOLTE, E; Onoka, C; POWELL-JACKSON, T; Roland, M; Sadanandan, R; Stenberg, K; Vega Morales, J; Wang, H; Wurie, H;
The Lancet Global health
How can we transfer service and policy innovations between health systems?
NOLTE, E; Groenewegen, P;
World Health Organization
Understanding the link between health systems and cancer survival: A novel methodological approach using a system-level conceptual model
MORRIS, M; Landon, S; Reguilon, I; Butler, J; McKee, M; NOLTE, E;
Journal of Cancer Policy
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?
How do we ensure that innovation in health service delivery and organization is implemented, sustained and spread?
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