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Dr Simon Turner
Room 112
Department of Applied Health Research
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0)203 108 3233
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Simon Turner joined UCL’s Department of Applied Health Research in April 2012, having held research positions at King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre (2010-2012), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2008-2010), and the University of Cambridge (2007-2008). He has also been a research advisor for NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) London. He holds a PhD grounded in social anthropology from the University of Durham (2006) and masters (2002) and bachelors (2001) degrees in human geography from the University of Birmingham. He is also a research associate at the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics, Birkbeck, and the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, and is currently associate editor of BMC Health Services Research. In July 2014, Simon joined the research partnership team within NIHR CLAHRC North Thames. He is responsible for developing new projects with the CLAHRC's partners that apply qualitative methods to organisational research in health care. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

I am currently leading a two year study funded by The Health Foundation which is examining the role of evidence in decisions to introduce innovations. The study protocol has been published in Implementation Science. My broader research interests lie in the application of social and institutional theory to public management and professional practice, for example understanding different professional groups within the health care sector as institutionally embedded communities of practice. In particular, ethnographic forms of research that explore the relationship between policy reform and the implementation of innovation and improvement at different levels within the English NHS:

-      innovation processes led by professionals distributed across health care organisations;

-      role of private and third sector organisations in public service delivery and innovation efforts;

-      influence of codified and situated knowledge on the governance of patient safety in hospitals;

-      implementation of system reform at the local, regional and national scale.

Teaching Summary

Academic Background
2006 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Physical Geography University of Durham
2002 MSc Master of Science – Physical Geography University of Birmingham
2001 BSc Bachelor of Science – Physical Geography University of Birmingham
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