Ruth Thorlby is the Deputy Director of Policy. Her research interests include NHS reform, GP commissioning, accountability, international comparisons and health inequalities. Before joining the Nuffield Trust she was a senior fellow at The King’s Fund, where her publications included two major reviews of NHS performance as well as a range of briefing and research papers.

She was a 2008-2009 Harkness Fellow, based at Harvard Medical School, where she researched how US physicians and health care organisations understood and tackled racial inequalities in the quality of health services.

Ruth has an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. Before moving into health policy research, Ruth was a broadcast journalist, working for BBC World Service and BBC News and Current Affairs, including Panorama.

Published work

  1. Social care for older people: home truths

    15 September 2016
    Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund
  2. Developing care for a changing population: Supporting patients with costly, complex needs

    13 May 2016
    Nuffield Trust
  3. Focus on: social care for older people

    26 March 2014
  4. The Francis Report: one year on

    06 February 2014
    Nuffield Trust
  5. Reclaiming a population health perspective

    25 April 2013
    Nuffield Trust
  6. Primary care for the 21st century: learning from New Zealand's independent practitioner associations

    26 September 2012
    Nuffield Trust
  7. Reforming social care: options for funding

    29 May 2012
    Nuffield Trust
  8. Competition and integration

    20 January 2012
    Nuffield Trust
  9. Managing health reform through an economic downturn

    20 October 2011
    Nuffield Trust
  10. Liberalising the health care market: the new government's ambition for the English NHS

    01 July 2011
    International Journal of Health Services

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