Professor Stephen Peckham
of Health Policy
15-17 Tavistock Place
Stephen is Professor Health Policy and Director of the Department of Health funded Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning (www.prucomm.ac.uk). He has a joint appointment with the University of Kent where he is Director of the Centre for Health Services Studies (www.kent.ac.uk/chss). He is also Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Stephen joined the School in October 2005 as Senior Lecturer in Health Services Delivery and Organisational Research at the HSRU and was academic director within the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R&D Programme and subsequently director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for the SDO Programme until its move to Southampton in 2009.
Stephen was previously Reader in Health Policy and Head of Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Oxford Brookes University. He has been involved in health and social policy research and teaching since 1991 and previously worked in the voluntary and local government sectors. He has published widely on primary care and health policy including 'Primary Care in the UK: Policy, Organisation and Management published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2003 and an edited collection on Public Health Ethics and Practice published by Policy Press in 2009. He has also co-authored and edited a text on the use of case studies in health policy analysis published in 2012 by Policy Press.
His main research interests are in health policy analysis, health system organisation, inter-agency collaboration, primary care, public health and public involvement.
In January 2011 Stephen became director of one of the national Policy Research Units funded by the Department of Health for five years - the Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm). This was a joint venture with the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation research group in the Department of Primary Care, University of Manchester and the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent. The unit was recommissioned in 2019 for a five years as the PRU in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning with the inclusion of the Health Economics group at the University of Manchester and the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent. He was appointed in 2020 as policy adviser to the House fo Commons Health and Sociasl Care Select Committee Independent Expert Panel.
Research in the unit includes studies on the new integrated systems, clinical commisisoning groups, competition and collaboration in the new health system, social care and the organisation of primary and community health services.
Current research includes examining primary care skill mix and local government engagement in ICS's. Other research includes a recent project examining the public health role of general practice and, as part of PRUComm, leading a project examining the new public health system in England and reviews of evidence and policy initiatives related to GP recruitment and retention, the relationship between scale and quality in primary care, and a policy review of QOF. He has co-edited speacial editions of the Journal of Health Organisation and Management (2021)and the International Journal of Public Sector Management (2023) on pay for performance schemes and a special edition of Policy and Society on applying the policy capacity framework in health policy (2022) Over the next 2-3 years research will focus on incentives in primary care, integrated systems and commissioning and assessing the impact of developments in Community Health Services. he recently led a project for Cancer Research UK on improving health professionals involvement in research. Through the Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey and Sussex Stephen works closely with other NIHR infrstructure organisations inteh region and supporting joint applied health and social care research with NHS and local authority organisations.
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