Judith Smith is an experienced and widely published health services researcher and policy analyst. Before joining the Nuffield Trust in February 2009, she spent 14 years working at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, where she was Senior Lecturer and Director of Research and Academic Director of the NHS Management Training Scheme. Prior to that, Judith was a senior manager in the NHS.

At the Nuffield Trust, she leads a team whose research focuses on primary care policy and management, the role and potential of new models of service delivery, the development of health commissioning, NHS management and culture, and the quest for better integrated care.

Judith has a first degree in Modern Languages, an MBA from the Open University Business School and a PhD in health policy and management from the University of Birmingham.

She is a non-executive director of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Judith's other roles include being a member of the board of the UK Health Services Research Network; and chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Commission on Models of Care.

Judith was also an expert advisor on NHS organisation and commissioning, and policy assessor to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.

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