Ross Millar

Colleges, School and Institutes


Ross is a Senior Lecturer with interests in the organisation and governance of healthcare. His research analyses the experiences and dynamics of quality and safety, partnerships and collaboration, and hybrid organisational forms such as social enterprise.

Ross is a Programme Director for the Level 7 Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship. He also teaches across a range of HSMC programmes in relation to quality and safety, understanding organisational performance, and innovation and improvement.

Research interests

Ross has worked on a range of research projects which have been funded by the British Academy, Department of Health Policy Research Programme, NIHR Health Service and Delivery programme, the Health Foundation, and the Academic Health Science Network. Recent projects have included:

  • A study of inter organisational partnering across NHS providers
  • Examining the role of NHS Boards in overseeing quality and safety in hospitals
  • Comparative case studies of healthcare reform in the NHS
  • Analysing healthcare reform in China from the perspective of the workforce
  • The start-up and growth of social enterprises in health and social care


Ross draws on a variety of theories and ideas from public policy, organisation studies and sociology to make sense of these developments.

His methodological interests are primarily qualitative drawing on interviews and observations. Ross also has an interest in evidence synthesis using realist methods.

Ross is interested in any PhD proposals connected to these areas.


  • PhD, University of Manchester, 2009
  • MRes Health and Community, University of Manchester,  2003
  • B.Soc.Sci Social Policy (Hons), University of Manchester, 2002

Professional qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, University of Birmingham, 2014
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate, University of Manchester, 2003

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Healthcare reform
Quality improvement
Patient Safety
Partnerships and Collaboration