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Dr Simon Bailey

Research Associate



I joined CHSS in October 2018. I will be providing research support to an NIHR-funded study of GP team composition and climate. In January 2019 I will also begin working for the Department of Health funded Policy Research Unit in Commissioning.

Before joining CHSS I was part of the Health Services Research Centre in the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (since 2011). Before that I was based in the School of Sociology, and then the Business School at the University of Nottingham, where I had worked since 2008. My current research is focused on the changing nature of provision and commissioning in primary care. Since 2016 I have been involved as a co-applicant in a qualitative NIHR funded study of GP federations, which explores the uptake of new at scale organisational forms between groups of general practices. Since September 2018 I have been involved in an NIHR funded study of the changing composition of the GP team, with moves towards greater skill mix associated with new models of care.

My core research interests are in the adoption of new knowledge, practices, technologies and roles and the manner in which these become embedded and institutionalised within healthcare organisations. My research expertise is in qualitative, ethnographic and arts-based methods. My research is strongly inter-disciplinary, spanning medical and organisational sociology, work and employment studies, education, and knowledge mobilisation and implementation. My work is theoretically informed by critical, post-structural and post-humanist theories, particularly inspired by the work of Michel Foucault, Bruno Latour and Annmarie Mol.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics in 2004. I was then awarded an ESRC 1+3 scholarship to study a Masters and PhD in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. My PhD was an ethnographic study of early year’s education, which critiqued contemporary approaches to challenging behaviour.

European Group on Organisation Studies
British Sociological Association
Academy of Management
International Research Society on Public Management

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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 [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12868.
Bresnen, M., Hodgson, D., Bailey, S., Hyde, P. and Hassard, J. (2018). Hybrid managers, career narratives and identity work: a contextual analysis of UK healthcare organizations. Human Relations [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726718807280.
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 [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2018.1503703.
Elvey, R., Bailey, S., Checkland, K., McBride, A., Parkin, S. and Rothwell, K. (2018). Implementing new care models: learning from the Greater Manchester demonstrator pilot experience. BMC Family Practice [Online] 19. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-018-0773-y.
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 [Online] 48:597-614. Available at: https://doi.org/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 179:210-217.
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 [Online] 39:227-243. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12524.
Book section
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.
Total publications in KAR: 8 [See all in KAR]
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