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.

Published work

  1. From quasi-market to market in the National Health Service in England: what does this mean for the purchasing of health services?

    01 January 2009
    Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
  2. Developing and implementing high impact changes for primary health care in New Zealand

    01 August 2008
    District Health Boards New Zealand and Ministry of Health, Wellington
  3. Altogether now? policy options for integrating care

    18 June 2008
    Health Services Management Centre
  4. Developing integrated primary and community health services: what can we learn from the research evidence?

    01 August 2007
    Victoria University of Wellington
  5. Divisions of practice in Australia: how do they measure up in the international context?

    13 July 2007
    Australia and New Zealand Health Policy
  6. Primary care organizations in New Zealand and England: tipping the balance of the health system in favour of primary care?

    23 January 2007
    International Journal of Health Planning and Management
  7. Options for primary care trust provider services: an evidence-based policy analysis for NHS West Midlands

    01 November 2006
    HSMC and Hempsons
  8. Developing sustainable collaboration: learning from theory and practice

    31 October 2006
    Primary Health Care Research and Development
  9. Creating ‘NHS Local’: a new relationship between PCTs and local government

    11 September 2006
  10. Transforming or transacting? The role of leaders in organisational transition

    01 September 2006
    British Journal of Leadership in Public Services

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