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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.


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Peckham, S., Hudson, B., Hunter, D. and Redgate, S. (2021) "Policy success: What is the role of implementation support programmes?", Social Policy & Administration. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/spol.12771.
Oyugi, B., Kendall, S. and Peckham, S. (2021) "Effects of free maternal policies on quality and cost of care and outcomes: an integrative review", Primary Health Care Research & Development. Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S1463423621000529.
Peckham, S. (2021) "Assessing air quality impacts in planning decisions in England: should we focus more on health?", Town Planning Review. Liverpool University Press, pp. 1-22. doi: https://doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2021.6.
Hashem, F., Jaswal, S. K., Marchand, C., Forbes, L. J., Srinivasan, N., Bates, A. and Peckham, S. (2021) "Incorporating the interaction between health and work into the undergraduate medical curriculum – a qualitative evaluation of a teaching pilot in English medical schools", Education for Primary Care. Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1080/14739879.2021.1914182.
Abrams, D., Lalot, F., Hopthrow, T., Templeton, A., Steeden, B., Ozkececi, H., Imada, H., Warbis, S., Sandiford, D., Meleady, R., Fell, E., Abrams, Z., Abrams, A., Qing Ngan, X., Celina, S., Tanyeri, A., Gammon, M., Abrams, B., Fischer, L., Drysdale, S., Dewi, R., Leite, A. C., Mills, A. and Peckham, S. (2021) "Cleaning up our acts: Psychological interventions to reduce engine idling and improve air quality", Journal of Environmental Psychology. Elsevier Science. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101587.
Mills, A. and Peckham, S. (2021) "Annual NO\(_2\) as a Predictor of Hourly NO\(_2\) Variability: Do Defra UK's Heuristics Make Sense?", Atmosphere. MDPI, p. 385. doi: 10.3390/atmos12030385.
da Cunha Saddi, F., Harris, M., Parreira, F. R., Pêgo, R. A., Coelho, G. A., Lozano, R. B., dos Santos Mundim, P. and Peckham, S. (2021) "Exploring front liners' knowledge, participation and evaluation in the implementation of a pay for performance program (PMAQ) in primary health care in Brazil", Journal of Health Organization and Management. Emerald. doi: 10.1108/JHOM-04-2020-0154.
Peckham, S., Forbes, L. J. and Saddi, F. C. (2021) "Guest Editorial - Policy challenges and innovative analyses of payment for performance in health care", Guest Editorial - Policy challenges and innovative analyses of payment for performance in health care. Emerald Publishing. doi: 10.1108/JHOM-03-2021-0091.
Resende, T. C., Paschoalotto, M. A. C., Peckham, S., Passador, C. S. and Passador, J. L. (2021) "How did the UK government face the global COVID-19 pandemic?", Revista de Administração Pública. Fundacao Getulio Varagas, pp. 72-83. doi: 10.1590/0034-761220200418.
Hunter, D. J., Redgate, S., Hudson, B. and Peckham, S. (2020) "Do Policy Implementation Support Programmes Work? The Case of the Care Act 2014", Journal of Long Term Care. International Long Term Care Policy Network, pp. 196-207. doi: 10.31389/jltc.42.
Forbes, L., Peckham, S. and George, A. (2020) "Improving and protecting health in England needs more than the NHS", Lancet. Elsevier, p. 1636. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32376-X.
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. Springer Nature. doi: 10.1186/s12875-020-01208-8.
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. Royal College of General Practitioners.
Forbes, L. J., 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. Royal College of General Practitioners, pp. 682-688. doi: 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. Elsevier, pp. 211-220. doi: 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. Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.1080/25741292.2018.1540378.
Saddi, F. C., 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. doi: 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. Taylor & Francis, pp. 261-270. doi: 10.1080/09540962.2018.1449467.
Saddi, F. C. 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. Wolters Kluwer, pp. 25-33. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000220.
Forbes, L. J., 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. Royal College of General Practitioners, pp. e775-e784. doi: 10.3399/bjgp17X693077.
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. J., Peckham, S. and Gadsby, E. W. (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.
Research report (external)
Peckham, S., Eida, T. J., Zhang, W., Hashem, F., Spencer, S., Kendall, S., Newberry Le Vay, J., Buckley-Mellor, O., Samuel, E. and Vohra, J. (2021) Creating Time for Research: Identifying and improving the capacity of healthcare staff to conduct research. Cancer Research UK. Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/creating_time_for_research_february_2021_-_full_report-v2.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.
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