Judith Smith (Chair)

Judith Smith is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham. From 2015 to 2022, Judith was Director of HSMC and this followed six years spent as Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, an independent charitable research foundation in London.

Judith is a widely published health services researcher and policy analyst, with a particular interest in how to bridge the worlds of research, management and practice. Her research focuses on the management of primary and integrated care, evaluation of new models of care, and organisational governance. She is Director of the BRACE Rapid Evaluation Centre funded for five years (2018-2023) by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

In December 2020, Judith was appointed Deputy Director of the Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme of the National Institute for Health Research.  She is also a member of the Executive of Birmingham Health Partners where she is lead for organisational and service delivery research.   

Judith was advisor on health commissioning and organisation to the Francis Inquiry into the events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and assessor of the Inquiry’s policy recommendations.  She has previously served as an NHS Non-Executive Director for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (2014-2022) and South Birmingham Primary Care Trust (2002-2004).

She tweets as @DrJudithSmith