Outputs from programme

An evaluation of transformational change in NHS North East

The outputs and events from this study are all on Durham University's Centre for Public Policy and Health website.



Jonathan Erskine, David J Hunter, Adrian Small, Chris Hicks, Tom McGovern, Ed Lugsden, Paula Whitty, Nick Steen, and Martin Paul Eccles. Leadership and transformational change in healthcare organisations: A qualitative analysis of the North East Transformation System. Health Serv Manage Res, February 2013; vol. 26, 1: pp. 29-37.


Erskine J, Hunter D J, Hicks C, McGovern T, Scott E, Lugsden E, Kunonga E, Whitty P. 'New Development: First steps towards an evaluation of the North East Transformation System', Public Money & Management, September 2009.

NETS Research Dissemination Event
A research dissemination event took place on 11 November 2013 to provide an invited audience of NHS staff in North East England with some of the main findings from the research project, and to promote discussion about the future of the NETS. The presentation from the research dissemination event is available here.

Health Services Research Network (HSRN) Symposium 2012
The HSRN Symposium, held in Manchester 19-20 June 2012, is one of the leading showcase events for health services research. The NETS Research Team submitted an abstract on early, emerging issues related to leadership and sustainability. This was accepted for oral presentation. Click on the web links below for further HSRN content:

ISQua 2012 International Conference
The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) conference took place in Geneva, 21-24 October 2012. The conference's scientific committee accepted an abstract based on emerging findings from the NETS research. More information on the ISQua conference.

From April 2010 to May 2012 the research team included an NIHR Management Fellow, Allison Welsh, who contributed both her extensive experience of quality improvement programmes in the NHS and her knowledge of the structures and leadership of the organisations that comprise NHS North East.

Scoping study
In 2008 the research team was commissioned to undertake a scoping study as a prelude to the NIHR SDO research call. Read the final report.

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Transformational change presentation

Shifting the gravity of spending? Exploring methods for supporting public health commissioners in priority-setting to improve population health and address health inequalities

The process and impact of change in the school food policy on food and nutrient intake of children aged 4-7 and 11-12 years both in and out of school

The outputs from this study can all be found on the Public Health Research Consortium website.



Spence S, Delve J, Stamp E, Matthews JNS, White M, Adamson AJ. The Impact of Food and Nutrient-Based Standards on Primary School Children's Lunch and Total Dietary Intake: A Natural Experimental Evaluation of Government Policy in England. PLoS One 2013, 8(10), e78298.

Adamson, A., Spence, S., Reid, L., Conway, R., Palmer, A., Stewart, E., McBratney, J., Cather, L., Beattie, S. and Nelson, M. (2013) 'School food standards in the United Kingdom: implementation and evaluation', Public Health Nutrition, 16(6), pp. 968-981.



Shifting the Gravity of Spending? Workshop to explore methods in public health priority-setting. 17 January, Danubius Hotel Regents Park, London. 

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