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Ian Shaw

Head of School, Faculty of Social Sciences



Ian has been a member of the University of Nottingham since 1992 and is Professor of Health Policy. His research and consultancy interests lie in health, health policy and services (particularly primary care), medical sociology, mental health, inter-agency collaboration and evaluation. He has recently completed research projects on `Lifestyle Choice in the South Asian Community' and `Exploring Variations in Statin Prescribing'. He is also a named contributor in other projects developing a fidelity index for domiciliary care and in evaluation mental health service improvements. He is involved in developing new work on the interaction between different knowledge systems in health and in collaborative work with colleagues in Public Health evaluating governmental responses to Influenza Pandemics (including work on the H1N1 pandemic of 2009) for The World Health Organization and the European Scientists Working with Influenza (ESWI).

He has published, and is publishing, widely in academic journals as well as through a number of books. He is on the editorial board (and is a past editor) of The Mental Health Review and also the Medical Bulletin. Ian is also a founding and past Executive member of the European Evaluation Society ( ) and he was also the founder and three times elected chair of the European Sociological Association's Medical Sociology of Health and Illness Research Network (2000-2006) ( He has also twice served on the executive of the Social Policy Association ( and is a member of the International Sociological Association and its medical sociology and mental health research networks ( ).

Ian is also involved with National, Regional and Local health organisations. From 2002-2013 he served as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Nottingham City and as a Governing Member of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust (the largest provider of mental health services in Europe ). Ian also serves as a Lay member of a local Clinical Commissioning Group. He has also been appointed as a Professor of the Institute of Mental Health. Ian has recently provided consultancy services to the Royal College of Psychiatry; DfEE; the Healthcare Commission; Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust and The World Health Organization. Ian has also served on a BME mental health advisory group of the Care Quality Commission and has worked on quality assurance with Health Education East Midlands (The Deanery) and the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).

Ian has presented workshops and seminars on health research and on evaluation to The World Health Organization, to branches of the European Union, and various departments of the Norwegian and Her Majesty's government in the UK. He has a developing interest in East Africa and Uganda, where he has ongoing research and publications on the interface between traditional and Western health systems.

Ian is also a very experienced PhD supervisor with an excellent success rate, having successfully supervised 26 students to completion and award of their PhDs. Ian currently supervises 4 Ph.D students including 2 students from overseas. 1 of these students will complete their studies in 2017 and 1 in 2018. Ian would be particularly interested in supervising research students with a focus in any aspect of health, mental health and in evaluation.

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Research Summary

Area's of Interest:

Medical Sociology, Health Policy, Primary Care, Mental Health, Evaluation Research.

Recent Grants received :

Exploring the role of Traditional Healers in Burkina Faso, Africa - £28,000 from Wellcome Trust January 2012-Sept 2012

PhD funding secured from Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals together with Jonathan Van-Tam (February 2012) `An international study of the interface between public health policy responses to the 2009-10 influenza A/H1N1 pandemic and epidemiological disease pattern' £60,000 plus student travel expenses

South Asian Food choice and lifestyle £45,000 Awarded from NIHR Flexibility and Sustainability funding April 2012 until Oct 2012

Exploring variations in Statin prescribing £30,000 awarded from Nottingham City PCT April 2012-December 2012

Selected Publications

Past Research

Collaboration between organisations and between professionals

Evaluations of health systems and services

Lay understandings and lay beliefs

Mental health and Learning Disability services

Future Research

Communication between different bodies of expert knowledge in health and the public;

Collaborative work on public mental health care with colleagues in East Africa

NIHR fpb bid developing patient information around Health Checks, especially Statin's

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