Centre for Health Services Studies

Excellence in Health Research

profile image for Professor Stephen Peckham BSc (Hons), MA  (Econ), HMFPH

Professor Stephen Peckham BSc (Hons), MA (Econ), HMFPH

Director & Professor of Health Policy



I am Director of CHSS and Professor of Health Policy at CHSS and also in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

I am also currently Director of the Department of Health funded Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) a collaborative research unit with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Manchester. PRUComm is undertaking research on the development of Clinical Commissioning Groups, contracting, competition and the development of the new Public Health System in England. I am undertaking research on healthcare commissioning and patient and public involvement.

I was recently appointed Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto.

I have over 20 years of policy analysis and health services research experience. I have particular interests in the way services are organized and delivered and examining the development and implementation of health policy. I am also interested in the use of evidence in policy and public health and ethical implications of public health policies.

Much of my research has focused on the organization of primary care and its role in commissioning healthcare. I have substantial experience of undertaking qualitative and mixed methods research. I have been the principal investigator on large multi-centre programme grants and am involved in international projects examining models of primary care and primary care accountability.

I joined CHSS in July 2012 from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where I had worked for seven years. Previously I held posts at Oxford Brookes University, the University of the West of England and the University of Southampton.  Before that I worked for several years in the voluntary sector and before going to University in 1982, I worked for nine years in local government.

I completed my BSc in Social Sciences at the University of Southampton in 1985 and a Masters in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Manchester in 1988.

I am a member of the Social Policy Association, the Canadian Association of Health Services Policy and Research and an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health.


back to top

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Khan, N., Rudoler, D., McDiarmid, M. and Peckham, S. (2020). A pay for performance scheme in primary care: Meta-synthesis of qualitative studies on the provider experiences of the quality and outcomes framework in the UK. BMC Family Practice [Online] 21. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-020-01208-8.
Forbes, L., Forbes, H., Sutton, M., Checkland, K. and Peckham, S. (2019). How Widespread Is Working at Scale in English General Practice? an Observational Study. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 69:682-688. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp19X705533.
Mills, A. and Peckham, S. (2019). Garbage in, gospel out? - Air quality assessment in the UK planning system. Environmental Science and Policy [Online] 101:211-220. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.06.010.
Hudson, B., Hunter, D. and Peckham, S. (2019). Policy failure and the policy-implementation gap: can policy support programs help?. Policy Design and Practice [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/25741292.2018.1540378.
Saddi, F., Peckham, S. and dos Santos Mundim, P. (2018). Pay for Performance, Formulation, Implementation and Policy Success: in Low, Middle and High Income Countries. Sociedade e Cultura [Online] 21 Article number:56304. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5216/sec.v21i2.56304.
Checkland, K., Mcdermott, I., Coleman, A., Warwick-Giles, L., Bramwell, D., Allen, P. and Peckham, S. (2018). Planning and managing primary care services: lessons from the NHS in England. Public Money & Management [Online] 38:261-270. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2018.1449467.
Saddi, F. and Peckham, S. (2018). Brazilian Payment for Performance (PMAQ) Seen From a Global Health and Public Policy Perspective: What Does it Mean for Research and Policy?. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management [Online] 41:25-33. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JAC.0000000000000220.
Forbes, L., Marchand, C., Doran, T. and Peckham, S. (2017). The role of the Quality and Outcomes Framework in the care of long-term conditions: a systematic review. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 67:e775-e784. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X693077.
Peckham, S., Hann, A., Kendall, S. and Gillam, S. (2017). Health promotion and disease prevention in general practice and primary care: a scoping study. Primary Health Care Research and Development [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423617000494.
Peckham, S. (2017). Integrated primary care may be the answer but do we really know what it is?. Primary Health Care Research and Development [Online] 18:301-302. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423617000342.
Peckham, S., Gadsby, E., Jenkins, L., Coleman, A., Bramwell, D. and Perkins, N. (2017). Views of public health leaders in English local authorities - changing perspectives following the transfer of responsibilities from the National Health Service to local government. Local Government Studies [Online] 43:842-863. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2017.1322069.
Marchand, C. and Peckham, S. (2017). Addressing the crisis of GP recruitment and retention: a systematic review. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 67:227-237. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X689929.
Sheaff, R., Halliday, J., Byng, R., Øvretveit, J., Exworthy, M., Peckham, S. and Asthana, S. (2017). Bridging the discursive gap between lay and medical discourse in care coordination. Sociology of Health & Illness [Online] 39:1019-1034. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12553.
Gadsby, E., Peckham, S., Coleman, A., Bramwell, D., Perkins, N. and Jenkins, L. (2017). Commissioning for health improvement following the 2012 health and social care reforms in England: what has changed?. BMC Public Health [Online] 17:1-11. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4122-1.
Peckham, S., Lowery, D. and Spencer, S. (2017). Fluoride levels in drinking water and hypothyroidism: Response to Grimes and Newton et al. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health [Online] 71:313-314. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2016-208632.
Book section
Coleman, A., Dhesi, S. and Peckham, S. (2016). Health and Wellbeing Boards: The new System stewards. In: Exworthy, M., Mannion, R. and Powell, M. eds. Dismantling the NHS? Evaluating the Impact of Health Reforms. Policy Press, pp. 279-300. Available at: http://policypressco.uk/dismantling-the-nhs.
Checkland, K., Coleman, A., Mcdermott, I. and Peckham, S. (2016). Clinically-led Commissioning: past, present and future?. In: Exworthy, M., Mannion, R. and Powell, M. eds. Dismantling the NHS? Evaluating the Impact of Health Reforms. Policy Press, pp. 149-170. Available at: https://policypress.co.uk/dismantling-the-nhs.
Lorne, C., Allen, P., Checkland, K., Osipovič, D., Sanderson, M., Hammond, J. and Peckham, S. (2019). Integrated Care Systems: What Can Current Reforms Learn from past Research on Regional Co-Ordination of Health and Care in England? A Literature Review. Available at: https://prucomm.ac.uk/integrated-care-systems-lit-review.html.
Hunter, D., Peckham, S. and Gadsby, E. (2017). Importance of Process and Impact Evaluation of Public Health Programmes/Policies Overall and Especially in Financially Deprived Settings Working Paper 1. Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/docs/Public%20Health%20Ukraine/Ch_2_Importance_Process_Impact_%20Eval_%20PHProgrammes.pdf.
Gadsby, E., Peckham, S., Kvit, A. and Ruskykh, K. (2017). Public Health Programmes and Policies in Ukraine: Development, Design and Implementation . Centre for Health Services Studies.
Peckham, S., Catherine, M. and Peckham, A. (2016). General Practitioner Recruitment and Retention: An Evidence Synthesis. Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System. Available at: http://blogs.lshtm.ac.uk/prucomm/files/2016/11/PRUComm-General-practitioner-recruitment-and-retention-review-Final-Report.pdf.
Confidential report
Peckham, S., Hudson, B., Hunter, D., Redgate, S. and White, G. (2020). Improving Choices for Care: A Strategic Research Initiative on the Implementation of the Care Act 2014. National Institute for Health Research.
Edited book
Allen, P., Checkland, K., Moran, V. and Peckham, S. eds. (2020). Commissioning Healthcare in England: Evidence, Policy and Practice. Policy Press.
Abrahamson, V. (2017). How Does the Review Process Support Adults in the First Year Post-Stroke?.
Forbes, L., Forbes, H., Checkland, K., Sutton, M. and Peckham, S. (2020). Exploring changes in patient experience with increasing practice size: observational study using data from the General Practice Patient Survey. British Journal of General Practice.
Showing 25 of 88 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]
back to top
back to top

Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824057, follow us on Twitter, or email the Centre for Health Services Studies. Privacy Notice.

Last Updated: 20/03/2019