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Prof Naomi Fulop
Room 112
Department of Applied Health Research
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3267
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  • Professor of Health Care Organisation and Management
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
I trained in social sciences at the Universities of Bristol and London, and in public health at Harvard on a Fulbright scholarship. I worked in research and policy in the NHS and then developed an academic career first at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1994-2005) as research fellow, lecturer then senior lecturer. At LSHTM I helped establish the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R&D programme, forerunner of the NIHR Health Service Delivery Research Programme. 

I was appointed to King's College London as Professor of Health Policy (2005-2012). At King's I led the NIHR Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre for 5 years. I joined UCL as Professor of Health Care Organisation and Management in 2012. I am an NIHR Senior Investigator and am the UCL-nominated Non-Executive Director at Whittington Health NHS Trust. I was the elected chair of Health Services Research UK (HSRUK) 2013-2019.

Research Summary

My research interests are at the interface between health policy and service delivery, management & organisation of health care. They include:

  • relationships between, and configurations of, health care organisations (for example, horizontal and vertical integration)
  • the management of major system change
  • governance systems
  • organisational aspects of quality and safety improvement

I am currently chief investigator on the following major research programmes:

Rapid Evaluation of Service Innovations in the NHS and Care (RSET). Funded by NIHR HS&DR Programme, April 2018 - March 2023, £2,642,365.

Reorganising specialist cancer surgery for the 21st century: a mixed methods evaluation (RESPECT-21). Funded by NIHR HS&DR Programme, Sept 2015- April 2021, £1,281,913.

A critical analysis and development of rapid ethnographies in healthcare quality improvement. THIS Institute PhD fellowship, 2019-2024, £120,360.

I am also a co-applicant on the following research programmes:

Pre-hospital triage for potential stroke patients: lessons from systems implemented in response to COVID-19 (PHOTONIC), PI:Dr Ramsay. Funder: NIHR HS&DR, Sept 2021-Aug2023, £592,411.


Healthcare Exemplar for Recovery from COVID-19 by use of Linear Examination Systems(HERCULES), PI: Prof Foster. Funder: NIHR BRC Moorfields Eye Hospital, Apr2021 - Feb 2023, £3,228,234.


Optimising EXome PREnatal Sequencing Services (EXPRESS). PI: Prof Chitty. Funded by NIHR HS&DR programme, Oct 2020-Sept 2023,£1,198,841.


Implementing supported asthma self-management in routine clinical care: designing, refining, piloting and evaluating clinical and cost-effectiveness of a whole systems implementation strategy (IMP2ART).Co-PIs: Profs Pinnock and Taylor. Funded by NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Health Research, Oct 2018 – Sept 2024, £2,439,501.

Teaching Summary

I have successfully supervised ten PhD students. I'm currently supervising two students:

Duncan Wagstaff: Using data for improvement: whether and how the Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP) has an impact on clinicians’ use of data for improvement, 2016-2022.

Stephanie Kumpunen: A critical analysis and development of rapid ethnographies in health care quality improvement (THIS Institute PhD fellowship), 2019-2024.

I co-lead the module 'Key Issues in Health Service Delivery, Policy and Management', one of the compulsory modules on the MSc Population Health. 

I supervise dissertations of students on the MSc Population Health.

As Director of the CLAHRC Academy (2014-18), I established an innovative capacity and capability programme, including a short course programme for staff in NHS and Local Authorities. 

01-OCT-2018 – 30-SEP-2022 Non-executive director   Whittington Health NHS Trust, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2012 Visting Professor Division of Health and Social Care Research King's College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 31-MAR-2012 Professor of Health and Health Policy Division of Health and Social Care Research King's College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1997 – 31-AUG-2005 Senior Lecturer Health Services Research Unit London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
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