Health Policy, Politics and Organisation Group (HiPPO)

Our organisations programme aims to investigate the impact of innovations in primary care organisation, and to understand the organisational processes and other characteristics that produce these effects.

Our aims are to:

  • Undertake high quality theory based research to inform the development of future health care policy and contribute to the academic literature.
  • Communicate research findings to a variety of audiences (Government, policy-makers, practitioners and academics) in a timely and accessible manner.
  • Collaborate with others working in the field, both in the UK and abroad.

Our people

Name Job title
Professor Kath Checkland Professor of Health Policy and Primary Care
Dr Anna Coleman Senior Research Fellow
Dr Simon Turner Senior Lecturer
Dr Imelda McDermott Research Fellow
Dr Jonathan Hammond Research Fellow
Dr Lynsey Warwick-Giles Research Associate

Dr Sarah Croke

Research Associate
Professor Stephen Harrison Professor of Social Policy, Honorary Chair apppointment



Name Job title
Professor Ruth McDonald Professor of Health Science Research and Policy, joint appointment between Alliance Manchester Business School and Centre for Primary Care
Professor Martin Tickle Professor of Dental Public Health and Primary Care, Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester
Professor Paul Brocklehurst Director of North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH), Bangor University
Dr Stephanie Snow Research Fellow, Centre for the History of Science,Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester
Dr Sudeh Cheraghi-Sohi Research Fellow, Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester
Dr Surindar Dhesi Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Dr Rebecca Elvey Research Associate, Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester
Dr Sharon Spooner NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester
Dr Colin Lorne Research Fellow, Alliance Manchester Business School
Dr Alex Hall Research Associate
Dr Oz Gore Research Associate

Dr Donna Bramwell

Honorary Research Associate, Health Policy, Politics and Organisation Group (HiPPO), University of Manchester


We also help to manage the Health Policy and Politics Network (HPPN). This aims to provide a forum for the reporting of research and analytical discussion about any aspect of the politics of health, health care policy or health services management; and facilitate the development of informal and collaborative relationships between academics and interested practitioners working in the above fields.

Our research

The HiPPO group has a wide interest in policy and organisational research in health. We are part of the Department of Health Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm), working closely with the Service Delivery and Organisation research group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (led by Dr Pauline Allen) and the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) at the University of Kent (led by Professor Stephen Peckham). In addition, we co-lead the Primary Care theme of the Greater Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and work closely with colleagues across the university including the Centre for Health Economics, Manchester Business SchoolPolitics, and School of Nursing.

Closely related to our interest in policies affecting delivery of Primary Care, is our ongoing work on behalf of the Department of Health to investigate the work experiences of GPs. This has involved a series of surveys undertaken since 1998 and most recently reported in 2015 (8WLS report [pdf]). We are active participants in an NIHR SPCR-funded project examining the background factors which influence career choices for junior doctors and are working on opportunities for collaborative work on multiple aspects GP workforce research.

Current research