How did you get started in HSR?
My first job after University was in the Health Services Research Unit at LSH&TM. I enrolled in a PhD and enjoyed 10 years in the unit.
What was the first project you worked on and where?
Estimating the costs to the UK of healthcare acquired infections. LSH&TM.
What are some of the key projects you are currently working on?
The cost-effectiveness of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative
Improving the process used for allocating NHMRC project grant funding
Making better predictions of how to treat invasivecandidiasis
The cost-effectiveness of reducing MRSA transmission
Career highlights so far?
Winning a CRE in Health Services Research
Setting up AusHSI (www.aushsi.org.au)
Who has had the biggest influence over your career to date?
Nick Black taught me to only work 40 hours a week and to enjoy not working, he is also a great researcher and innovator. Alan Garber has written some great papers that I return to many times. Alan Enthoven and William Baumol and my favorite economists.
Have you had any important mentors?
Jenny Roberts was an excellent PhD supervisor. Richard Stevens told me if I became a health economist I’d never be short of work, he also ran the first ever under course in health economics at Liverpool University.
What’s next for you in your career? What are you looking forward to?
I’d love to spend a year overseas and learn about a different health care system. I’d like to understand how senior health planners and politicians REALLY make decisions about health services
What was your motivation for becoming involved with the HSRAANZ?
It’s a nice friendly group and a key resource for the work we do.
What do you see as the most important goal or greatest challenge for the Association over the next few years?
Hopefully HSR will receive a surge of interest in the next decade and the association should take maximum advantage of this.
What do you think is the best way of having an influence on policy?
Give decision makers ownership of the research and the data (make it think it was there idea)
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the HSR?
Only do things you find interesting. Enjoy your job. Be nice to everybody all the time.