Ruth Thorlby

Ruth Thorlby was the Deputy Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust between 2010 and 2017. She is now Director of Policy at the Health Foundation.

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.