Ross Millar

Colleges, School and Institutes


Ross is a Senior Lecturer with interests in the organisation and governance of health and social care.

His research focuses on making sense of workforce experiences in relation to health system reform, quality and safety improvement, partnership working, and social enterprise. Ross is also interested in better understanding international healthcare systems, particularly in China where he is involved in research activity exploring China's approach to healthcare reform. Ross’s methodological interests are primarily qualitative in capturing a range of different workforce perspectives using interviews and observations. He also has an interest in Realist synthesis.

Ross has published widely across these research areas and takes a particular interest in connecting these experiences to different theories of public policy, organisation studies, and sociology.

Ross is a Programme Director for the Level 7 Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship. He teaches across a range postgraduate modules in relation to quality and safety, understanding organisational performance, and innovation and improvement. Ross also contributes to other teaching activities and programmes in HSMC as well as in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

Between 2015 and 2019, Ross was the Director of Learning and Teaching at HSMC. He was the Co-Director of Postgraduate Research at HSMC between 2013 and 2015.

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. He also has an interest in Realist synthesis and evaluation.

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

Ross is interested in PhD supervision across the following research areas:

Healthcare reform
Quality improvement
Patient Safety
Partnerships and Collaboration

He specialises in the use of qualitative research methods within such areas.