Health Foundation professorial fellows appointed

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Professor Alan Cribb, Department of Education and Professional Studies, has been appointed by the Health Foundation as one of two new professorial fellows to strengthen academic research in patient safety and person-centred care. Professor Charles Vincent, University of Oxford, has also been appointed.

The Health Foundation is committed to investing in leading thinkers: providing experts with the resources to develop world-class research to improve the quality of care. 

The Foundation will support Professor Cribb to continue and develop his research in person-centred care and patient safety over the next three years. He will also advise the Foundation in choosing and evaluating relevant cutting edge research, as well as ensuring they are at the forefront of putting these ideas into practice.

Professor Cribb has led the Centre for Public Policy Research at King’s for the last 12 years. He is an applied philosopher, with a particular interest in health and education policy, health services research and professional education. In recent years he has undertaken work on shared decision-making and collaborative working in healthcare. He also has an interest in professional ethics and has published extensively on ethics in public health, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

Professor Cribb comments: ‘I am delighted to be able to deepen my relationship with the Health Foundation. They have a deserved reputation for world-leading research and development in health service improvement. My new role focuses on the philosophy, policy and practice of person-centredness. This is a field in which the Health Foundation has already made a very substantial mark. I hope to be able to make a contribution to the consolidation and continuation of this work.’ 

His research report on Involvement, Shared Decision-Making and Medicines funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and sponsored by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, was launched at the Health Foundation in 2011. Since then he has, in partnership with Vikki Entwistle, completed a Health Foundation knowledge exchange project on collaborative working. Vikki and Professor Cribb, with other partners, are currently undertaking a follow-on project focussed on the conceptual underpinnings of support for self-management. 

Professor Cribb began his career at the University of Manchester where he completed his PhD in philosophy and worked as Deputy Director of the Education and Child Studies Research Group in the Department of Epidemiology and Social Oncology and as a Fellow of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy.

Professor Nick Barber, the Health Foundation’s Director of Research, comments: ‘We are delighted to have two talented and experienced professorial fellows, both with exceptional track records in safety and person-centred care. They bring a breadth of experience, alongside – importantly – an understanding of the practical difficulties of delivering change in the real world.’

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