Jon Glasby

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Jon Glasby is a qualified social worker by background and Director of IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together), the UK centre for evidence implementation in adult social care, funded by the ESRC and Health Foundation.

Specialising in joint work between health and social care, Jon is involved in regular policy analysis and advice. He is the author of a series of leading textbooks on health and social services, has sat on the advisory board of The Policy Press, and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care (2012-18). From 2008 to 2015, he was Director of the University’s Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), where he helped to design and deliver the NHS Leadership Academy's Nye Bevan programme for senior NHS leaders. From 2015 to 2020 he was Head of the School of Social Policy. He is currently a Non-Executive Director (NED) of University Hospitals Birmingham and of Birmingham Children's Trust, has previously served as a NED at Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT) and at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and, from 2003 to 2009, was a trustee of the UK Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Jon is also a Fellow of the RSA, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research and Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia.

Jon has previously been involved with policy advice to the NHS Future Forum, the Ministerial Working Group on Health and Social Care Integration, the development of personal health budgets and the policy teams responsible for various health and social care Green and White Papers. His work with Downing Street (2010) on the future reform and costs of adult social care was launched by the former Prime Minister and appeared in outlets such as the BBC News/News 24, the New York Times and The Financial Times, before being updated and taken forward in 2020 in the Journal of Social Policy. Jon has also been a regular contributor to practice-based publications such as Community Care, and is the author of numerous articles and textbooks on health and social care. Jon has previously been identified as one of The Times Higher Education Supplement ‘five ones to watch’ for the future of the social sciences and is a previous winner of the Social Policy Association’s ‘best newcomer’ award.

Research interests

Professor Glasby’s recent and previous research includes the following projects (alternatively you may view a full list of research projects):

IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together) - the UK centre for evidence implementation in adult social care, April 2020 - April 2027

The sustainable care research programme (University of Birmingham/University of Sheffield/Kings College London), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), November 2017 → April 2021

Implementing the Care Act 2014: preventing, reducing or delaying needs for care and support in adult social care in England, Tew, J., Glasby, J., Miller, R. et al, NIHR, 1/12/16 → 28/02/19
Shifting shapes: how can local care markets support quality for all?, Needham, C., Glasby, J., Allen, K. et al, NIHR, 14/11/16 → 14/05/19

A comprehensive profile and comparative analysis of the characteristics, patient experience and community value of the 'classic' community hospital situated in contrasting contexts and communities, Glasby, J., Davidson, D., Mohan, J., Williams, I. et al, NIHR, 1/09/14 → 30/11/17
CLAHRC WM - Chronic disease and integrated care, NIHR, 1/04/14 → 31/12/18
Who knows best? Older people's contribution to understanding avoidable hospital admissions, Glasby, J. & Littlechild, R., NIHR, 1/04/14 → 31/07/16
Commissioning for better outcomes, Newbigging, K., Glasby, J., Mangan, C. & Miller, R., Local Government Association, 27/01/14 → 31/12/14
Does smaller mean better? Evaluation micro-enterprises in adult social care, Needham, C., Ellins, J., Glasby, J. & McKay, S., Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), 15/04/13 → 13/07/15
Managing organisational change in social care: a review for practitioners and managers, Miller, R., Davidson, D. & Glasby, J., NIHR School for Social Care Research, 1/09/12 → 31/12/13
Assets-based approaches to adult social care, Glasby, J., Miller, R. and Lynch, J., Birmingham City Council, 2012 → 2013
Local evidence of prevention investments, outcomes and sustainability, Glasby, J., Allen, K. & Miller, R., NIHR School for Social Care Research, 1/06/11 → 31/05/13
The role of the third sector in delivering social care, Alcock, P., Allen, K., Dickinson, H., Glasby, J. et al, NIHR School for Social Care Research, 23/05/11 → 30/11/11
Embedding prevention in older people's services - 10 high impact changes, Glasby, J. & Allen, K., Sanofi Pasteur MSD Ltd, 12/04/10 → 11/11/10
The case for social reform, Glasby, J., Littlechild, R. & McKay, S., Downing Street/Department of Health, 1/12/09 → 31/01/10
Health and social care commissioning: an exploration of processes, services and outcomes, Glasby, J., Dickinson, H., Jeffares, S. & Sullivan, H., NIHR SDO programme, 1/10/09 → 28/02/12 
INTERLINKS: Health systems and long-term care for older people in Europe - modelling the INTERfaces and LINKS between prevention, quality of services and informal care, Commission of the European Communities, 1/11/08 → 31/12/11
Understanding and improving transitions of older people: a user and carer centred approach, Glasby, J., Davidson, D., Ellins, J., Littlechild, R. et al, NIHR, 1/11/08 → 31/03/12

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Jon has recently supported PhD students studying topics such as:

Public-private partnerships in the NHS
Joint working in children's services
Parity of esteem in mental health services
The governance of housing associations in Northern Ireland
Public service motivation in Chinese welfare services
The development of the social work profession in Palestine
Youth mental health services in the UK and Australia
The ethics of telecare in services for older people/people with learning difficulties
Implementing the personalisation agenda in adult social care
Personalisation in children's services
Partnership working in health and social care

Sustainable Development Goals