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Professor Huw T. O. Davies

Professor Huw Davies

BA, MA, MSc, Ph.D

Professor of Health Care Policy and Management

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462870
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462812

Teaching 2015-2016

  • MN1001 Organisations and Society
  • ID1001 Great Ideas
  • MN3201 Research Methods I
  • MN5001 Contemporary Global Issues in Management

Huw is on Research Leave during 2014–2015 Semester Two.

Qualifications

BA (Cantab) 1983 , MA (Cantab) 1990 , MSc ( Sussex) 1985 , PGCert ( Aberdeen) 1995 , PhD ( Dundee) 1996.

Biography

Huw has a first degree in Maths and Management Science from the University of Cambridge, a Masters degree in Operational Research (University of Sussex), a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics (Aberdeen) and a PhD in Health Services Research (Dundee). He has worked at the Universities of The South Bank (London), Dundee and St Andrews, as well as holding research management positions in the NHS. In 1998-99 Huw was a Harkness Fellow in International Health Care Policy, when he was based at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and in 2005-06 he was Visiting Professor at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand. During 2003-05 Huw was Deputy Director of the Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) Research Funding Programme on secondment to the Department of Health (London). Huw is Associate Director of the ESRC-funded Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU), and Associate Director of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI), a shared Institute across the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews.

Huw's research interests are in public service delivery, especially in health care, encompassing evidence-based policy and practice, performance measurement and management, accountability, governance and trust. He also has a particular interest in the role of organisational culture and organisational learning in the delivery of high quality services, and in developing greater understanding of the working relationships between service professionals and service managers. Huw has published widely in each of these areas.

Research Specialisms

Healthcare policy and management: policy design and implementation; organisational dynamics and performance; and public accountability.

Major themes include:

  • The role of research evidence in health care policy, service design and professional practice;
  • Organisational performance in health care, its measurement and management, and the core role played by organisational cultures and social capital in shaping service delivery;
  • Inter-professional relationships and the impacts of cultural divergence in service organisations;
  • Organisational learning, organisation development and change management;
  • Accountability and governance issues, including the role of trust.

Using Evidence book cover Selected Publications

Books (from 2000 onwards)

Powell AE, Rushmer RK, Davies HTO. A systematic narrative review of quality improvement models in health care. Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS); Edinburgh 2009. ISBN 1-84404-524-2.

Nutley SM, Walter I, Davies HTO. Using Evidence: How research can inform public services . The Policy Press, Bristol 2007.

Mannion R, Davies HTO, Marshall MN. Cultures for Performance in Health Care. Open University Press, Milton Keynes (2005). Winner of the 2005 'Baxter Prize' (European book award).

Scott JT, Mannion R, Davies HTO, Marshall MN. Healthcare Performance and Organisational Culture. Radcliffe Medical Press, Oxford (2003). Short-listed, 2004 'Baxter Prize'.

Healthcare Performance book cover Davies HTO, Nutley SM, Smith PC. (authors and editors). What works? Evidence-based policy and practice in public services. The Policy Press, Bristol. 2000, 380pp.

Selected Refereed Journal Articles (from 2008 onwards)

Articles on research use and research impact

  • Wilkinson, J. E., Nutley, S. M. and Davies, H. T. (2011), An Exploration of the Roles of Nurse Managers in Evidence-Based Practice Implementation. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6787.2011.00225.x.
  • Walshe K, Davies HTO. Research, influence and impact: deconstructing the norms of health services research commissioning. Policy & Society 2010: 29(2), 103-11.
  • Eccles MP, Armstrong D, Baker R, Cleary K, Davies HTO, Davies S, Glasziou P, Ilott I, Kinmonth A, Leng G, Logan S, Marteau T, Michie S, Rogers H, Rycroft-Malone J, Sibbald B An implementation research agenda. Implementation Science 2009, 4:18 (7 April 2009).
  • Nutley SM, Walter I, Davies HTO, Promoting evidence-based practice: models and mechanisms from cross-sector review, Research on Social Work Practice, 2009 vol. 19 no. 5 552-59.
  • Davies HTO, Nutley S, Walter I. Why 'knowledge transfer' is misconceived for applied social research. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy Vol 13 No 3, 2008: 188–190.

Articles on organisational culture and social capital in health care

  • Rowena Jacobs, Russell Mannion, Huw T.O. Davies, Stephen Harrison, Fred Konteh, Kieran Walshe. The relationship between organisational culture and performance in NHS hospital trusts: a longitudinal analysis. Social Science & Medicine (submission).
  • Konteh, FH, Mannion R, Davies HTO. Understanding culture and culture management in the English NHS: a comparison of professional and patient perspectives. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2011; 17(1): 111-117.
  • Jung T, Scott JT, Davies HTO, Bower B, Whalley D, McNally R, Mannion R. Instruments for Exploring Organizational Culture: A review of the literature. Public Administration Review 2009: 69(6): 1087-1096.
  • Mannion R, Davies HTO et al. From cultural cohesion to rules and competition: the trajectory of senior management culture in English NHS hospitals, 2001-2008. J Roy Soc Med 2009: 102(8):332-6.
  • Mannion R, Konteh F, Davies HTO. Assessing organisational culture for quality and safety improvement: a national survey of tools and tool use, Quality and Safety in Health Care 2009;18(2):153-6.
  • Konteh, FH, Mannion R, Davies HTO. Clinical governance managers’ views on culture and quality improvement. Clinical governance: an international journal 2008; Vol 13 Iss 3 : p200-207
  • Coid DC, Davies HTO. Structural change in health care: what’s the attraction? J R Soc Med 2008: 101: 278–281.

Articles on performance measurement and management in health care

  • Grant S, Huby G, Watkins F, Checkland K, McDonald R, Davies HTO, Guthrie B. The impact of pay-for-performance on professional boundaries in UK general practice: an ethnographic study, Sociology of Health and Illness, 2009:31, 2, 229-245.
  • Huby G, Guthrie B, Grant S, Watkins F, Checkland KH, McDonald ER, Davies HTO. Whither British General Practice after the 2004 GMS contract? Stories and realities of change in four UK general practices. Journal of Health Organization and Management 2008;1: 63-78.
  • Mannion R, Davies HTO. Incentives in health systems; developing theory, investigating practice, Journal of Health Organization and Management, 2008; 22 (1) pp 5-10.
  • Mannion R, Davies HTO. Payment for performance in health care. BMJ 2008; 336:306-8.

Articles on organisational learning

  • Kelly D, Lough M, Rushmer RK, Wilkinson JE, Greig G, Davies HTO. Diagnosing a learning practice: the validity and reliability of a Learning Practice Inventory (LPI). BMJ Qual Saf 2011; 20:209-215.
  • Powell AE, Davies HTO, Bannister J, Macrae WA. Understanding the challenges of service change – learning from acute pain services in the UK. J Roy Soc Med 2009: 102: 62–68.
  • Powell A, Rushmer R and Davies H. Effective quality improvement: recognising the challenges. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2009; 15(1): 17-21.
  • Powell A, Rushmer R. and Davies H. Effective quality improvement: some necessary conditions. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2009; 15(2): 62-68.
  • Powell A, Rushmer R and Davies H. Effective quality improvement: TQM and CQI approaches. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2009; 15(3): 114-120.
  • Powell A, Rushmer R and Davies H. Effective quality improvement: BPR. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2009; 15(4): 166-171.
  • Powell A, Rushmer R and Davies H. Practitioner-led rapid cycle change. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2009; 15(5): 218-222.
  • Powell A, Rushmer R and Davies H. Effective quality improvement: Lean. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2009; 15(6): 270-275.
  • Powell A, Rushmer R and Davies H. Effective quality improvement: Six Sigma. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2009; 15(7): 322-326.
  • Powell A, Rushmer R and Davies H. Effective quality improvement: conclusions. British Journal of Healthcare Management 2009; 15(8): 374-379.

Other Professional Activities

  • Director of Knowledge Mobilisation for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Service Delivery and Organisation Programme (SDO): seconded 40% fte with an additional commitment 20% fte supporting development of the nine CLAHRC collaborations (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) (2008-2010).
  • Visiting Professor at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2005-06).
  • Deputy Director of the Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) R&D Programme at the Department of Health ( London; 2003-05).
  • Member of the National Patient Safety Research Portfolio (2004-07).
  • Formerly International Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California (San Francisco; 1998-99).

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