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Dr Simon Bailey PhD, MA, BSc

Research Fellow



I am a sociologist and completed my undergraduate training at the London School of Economics, before completing a Masters and PhD in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. My post-doctoral research career began in 2008 at the University of Nottingham, moving in 2011 to Manchester Business School, and joining CHSS in 2018.

Research interests:
• Sociology of care and care work, organisation studies, science and technology studies
• Qualitative methods, ethnography, rapid evaluation
• Digital healthcare, adoption and adaptation to new technologies, user-technology interaction, algorithms and AI, responsibility and accountabilty
• Health systems, organisation and management, commissioning, contracting and finance
• Integration, place-based care, person-centred care, quality and safety
• Policy making and implementation, policy piloting, experimentation and evaluation, design thinking and open and participatory policy making
• Workforce capacity and capability, organisational development, innovation & improvement
• Precarious and project-based work, casualisation, gig economy

Currently researching:
Policy Research Unit on Health Systems and Commissioning (PRUComm), NIHR Policy Research Programme
A Day at a Time: The everyday experience of time in the coronavirus pandemic. A collaboration with the Mass Observation Archive
Organising Algorithms in Healthcare, Faculty Research Grant

SO900 Introduction to Applied Health and Research
SO964 Integrated Health Systems (module convenor)

PhD supervision:
Susan Potter (co-supervisor with Sarah Hotham)
Daniel Huggins (co-supervisor with Stephen Peckham)

Professional Memberships/Fellowships:
European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS)
Society for Studies of Healthcare Organisation (SHOC)

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Goff, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Bresnen, M., Elvey, R. and Checkland, K. (2021) "Ambiguous workarounds in policy piloting in the NHS: Tensions, trade‐offs and legacies of organisational change projects", New Technology, Work and Employment. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/ntwe.12190.
Smithers, K., Harris, J., Goff, M., Spina, N. and Bailey, S. (2021) "Ethical responsibilities of tenured academics supervising non-tenured researchers in times of neoliberalism and precarity", Journal of Educational Administration and History. Routledge. doi: 10.1080/00220620.2021.1881458.
Hammond, J., Bailey, S., Gore, O., Checkland, K., Darley, S., McDonald, R. and Blakeman, T. (2021) "The problem of success and failure in public-private innovation partnerships", Journal of Social Policy. Cambridge University Press.
Checkland, K., Hammond, J., Warwick-Giles, L. and Bailey, S. (2020) "Exploring the multiple policy objectives for Primary Care Networks: a qualitative interview study with national policy stakeholders", BMJ Open. BMJ. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038398.
Bailey, S., Hodgson, D., Lennie, S., Bresnen, M. and Hyde, P. (2020) "Managing death: Navigating divergent logics in end-of-life care", Sociology of Health and Illness. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.13095.
Bailey, S., Pierides, D., Brisley, A., Weisshaar, C. and Blakeman, T. (2020) "Dismembering organisation: The coordination of algorithmic work in healthcare", Current Sociology. SAGE, pp. 546-571. doi: 10.1177/0011392120907638.
Bailey, S., Hunt, C., Sykes, L., Brisley, A., Howard, S. and Blakeman, T. (2019) "Implementation of clinical decision support to manage acute kidney injury in secondary care: an ethnographic study", BMJ Quality & Safety. BMJ. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009932.
Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Hyde, P. and Hassard, J. (2019) "Hybrid managers, career narratives and identity work: a contextual analysis of UK healthcare organizations", Human Relations. SAGE, pp. 1341-1368. doi: 10.1177/0018726718807280.
Bailey, S., Pierides, D., Brisley, A., Weisshaar, C. and Blakeman, T. (2019) "Financialising acute kidney injury: From the practices of care to the numbers of improvement", Sociology of Health and Illness. Wiley, pp. 882-899. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12868.
Gore, O., Hammond, J., Bailey, S., Checkland, K. and Hodgson, D. (2018) "Not every public sector is a field: evidence from the recent overhaul of the English NHS", Public Management Review. Routledge Journals. doi: 10.1080/14719037.2018.1503703.
Elvey, R., Bailey, S., Checkland, K., McBride, A., Parkin, S., Rothwell, K. and Hodgson, D. (2018) "Implementing new care models: learning from the Greater Manchester demonstrator pilot experience", BMC Family Practice. BMC. doi: 10.1186/s12875-018-0773-y.
Elvey, R., Voorhees, J., Bailey, S., Burns, T. and Hodgson, D. (2018) "GPs' views of health policy changes: a qualitative 'netnography' study of UK general practice online magazine commentary", British Journal of General Practice, pp. e441-e448. doi: 10.3399/bjgp18X696161.
Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Hyde, P. and Hassard, J. (2017) "Mobilizing management knowledge in healthcare: institutional imperatives and professional and organizational mediating effects", Management Learning. SAGE, pp. 597-614. doi: 10.1177/1350507617718257.
Bailey, S., Checkland, K., Hodgson, D., McBride, A., Elvey, R., Parkin, S., Rothwell, K. and Pierides, D. (2017) "The policy work of piloting: mobilising and managing conflict and ambiguity in the English NHS", Social Science & Medicine. Elsevier, pp. 210-217. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.02.002.
Scales, K., Bailey, S., Middleton, J. and Schneider, J. (2017) "Power, empowerment, and person-centred care: using ethnography to examine the everyday practice of unregistered dementia care staff", Sociology of Health & Illness. Wiley, pp. 227-243. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12524.
Whittaker, W., Anselmi, L., Kristensen, S., Lau, Y., Bailey, S., Bower, P., Checkland, K., Elvey, R., Rothwell, K., Stokes, J. and Hodgson, D. (2016) "Associations between Extending Access to Primary Care and Emergency Department Visits: A Difference-In-Differences Analysis", PLOS Medicine. Public Library of Science. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002113.
Bailey, S., Scales, K., Lloyd, J., Schneider, J. and Jones, R. (2015) "The emotional labour of health-care assistants in inpatient dementia care", Ageing and Society. Cambridge University Press, pp. 246-269. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X13000573.
Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Hyde, P. and Hassard, J. (2017) Managing modern healthcare: knowledge, networks, practice. United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315658506.
Book section
Moralee, S. and Bailey, S. (2020) "Beyond Hybridity in Organized Professionalism: A Case Study of Medical Curriculum Change", in Nugus, P., Rodriguez, C., Denis, J.-L., and Chênevert, D. (eds.) Transitions and Boundaries in the Coordination and Reform of Health Services: Building Knowledge, Strategy and Leadership. Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-26684-4_8.
Bailey, S., Hodgson, D. and Checkland, K. (2019) "Pilots as Projects: Policy Making in a State of Exception", in Hodgson, D., Fred, M., Bailey, S., and Hall, P. (eds.) The Projectification of the Public Sector. Routledge, pp. 130-148. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Projectification-of-the-Public-Sector-1st-Edition/Hodgson-Fred-Bailey-Hall/p/book/9780367183332.
Hodgson, D., Fred, M., Bailey, S. and Hall, P. (2019) "Introduction", in Hodgson, D., Fred, M., Bailey, S., and Hall, P. (eds.) The Projectification of the Public Sector. Routledge, pp. 1-18. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Projectification-of-the-Public-Sector-1st-Edition/Hodgson-Fred-Bailey-Hall/p/book/9780367183332.
Checkland, K., Parkin, S., Bailey, S. and Hodgson, D. (2017) "Institutional work and innovation in the NHS: the role of creating and disrupting", in In: Managing Improvement in Healthcare. Attaining, Sustaining and Spreading Quality. Palgrave Macmillan.
Bailey, S., Brisley, A., Blakeman, T., Weisshaar, C. and Howard, S. (2018) Improvement in Context: An ethnographic study of quality improvement programmes for Acute Kidney Injury. NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester.
Anselmi, L., Bailey, S., Bower, P., Checkland, K., Elvey, R., Hodgson, D., Kristensen, S., Mcbride, A., Lau, Y., Parkin, S., Rothwell, K., Stokes, J. and Whittaker, W. (2015) NHS Greater Manchester Primary Care Demonstrator Evaluation. National Institute of Health Research. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4795.5043.
Edited book
Hodgson, D., Fred, M., Bailey, S. and Hall, P. (eds.) (2019) The Projectification of the Public Sector. Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Projectification-of-the-Public-Sector-1st-Edition/Hodgson-Fred-Bailey-Hall/p/book/9780367183332.
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