Alliance Manchester Business School


Alliance Manchester Business School


Ruth is  Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester, and Professor of Service Operations at Alliance Manchester Business School. 

The NIHR CLAHRC for Greater Manchester was established in January 2014, following 5 years of funding (2008-2013) for an previous CLAHRC. It carries out and implements applied health research, both on specific healthcare conditions, and on the way in which services are designed and provided and improved, in order to improve health and the way in which resources are used in healthcare.  It is a collaboration of NHS providers, commissioners, industry and third sector partners in Greater Manchester with the University of Manchester and has £20m of funding over five years from these partners and the NIHR. Ruth led the implementation programme in the previous CLAHRC, and is now the Director. 

Her research interests cover a wide range of areas within health services management and focus now on the implementation of new approaches, including the reorganisation of service provision, as well as quality and improvement. Ruth has always had a focus on knowledge transfer arising from high quality research, to ensure that the findings are accessible, applicable to practice and implemented to make an impact. 

Past research includes work concerned with HRM and performance, electronic health records, re-engineering, operating theatre management and scheduling, patient safety, the management of emergency admissions, bed management and chronic disease management. She has published widely in these areas as well as in the areas of implementation and quality management.

She has taught service and quality improvement to postgraduate students, including those on the NHS General Management Training Scheme and Operations Management on the AMBS full-time MBA programme. She also has a track record of teaching post-experience students and has participated in AMBS Executive Education programmes as well as speaking at conferences for the NHS and associated organisations.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

I have been a member of the selection panel for the NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships since their inception in 2011. In April 2016 I was appointed by NIHR as the chair of this panel in April 2016 and am now developing ways to link this scheme more closely with the CLAHRC infrastructure.

I chair the Implementation Grants funding panel for the Alzheimers Society

I was invited to become a member of the Advisory Group for the NIHR Dissemination Centre (DC) when it was established in 2014 and am making links between CLAHRCs and the DC as the only CLAHRC Director on this group.

I have been a member of the NIHR HS&DR (Researcher-led) Board since 2014 and remain a member of the newly established Board for both the researcher-led and commissionedstreams of this programme. I am the link for the HS&DR programme on the MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Panel, identifying methodological issues which might require further research.

I have recently contributed to the Task And Finish group focused on embedding the NHS into the work of this Board, invited by the Programme Director (Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone).

I have chaired the project advisory group for one NIHR HS&DR study (09/1002/02) and was a member of another (12/5002/18)

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