Job Title and Responsibilities
Professor of Health Care Organisation
Member of University Professoriate
Member of Faculty Professoriate
Member of Health Research Institute
Member of Centre Practice for Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Research
Professional membership and Activities
Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Healthcare Management
Member of British Sociological Association
Member of the International Sociological Association (Research committee 52 – Sociology of Professional Groups)
I am fascinated as to how health care is organised and delivered across Europe (and further afield too) I have published extensively on comparative studies of the medical and nursing professions across Europe, as well as on the subjects of New Public Management (NPM), governance, e-health. Recently I have extended my interest to the comparative study of patient and public involvement in health care within Europe. I have written or edited (with others) a number of books on these topics including the following: Leadership in the Public Sector: promises and pitfalls (Routledtge 2012), Questioning the New Public Management (Ashgate 2004), Remodelling Hospitals and Health Professions in Europe: medicine and nursing and the state (Palgrave 2003), Managing Professional Identities: knowledge, performativity and the ‘new’ professional (Routledge 2002).
I have chaired, until recently when the project ended, the ‘User Voice group (WG03) within the EC COST network (http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS0903): ‘Enhancing the role of medicine in the management of European health systems’ (Action IS0903) and I am currently (early 2014) working on a number of publication projects stemming from the group’s work. I have also led the EPICog research a major NIHR e-Health project (see below). I have good links with PCTs and hospital trusts within the West Midlands and I am currently working with colleagues on new projects, which in addition to e-health and user voice includes issues around integrated care and care pathways.
Comparative sociology of the professions, with particular focus on medicine and nursing
New Public Management and governance
User and citizen involvement in health care
Care pathways and implications for the delivery of care
Main Funded Research Projects
SDO Project 08/1803/226 – Getting the benefit from electronic patient information that crosses organisational boundaries (EPICog) a collaborative project with Bayswater Institute, Loughborough University, Walsall PCT, Northants PCT.
European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST): Enhancing the role of medicine in the management of European Health Systems: implications for control, innovations and user voice (Completed and published August 2011).
HEN 63055-3 Planning and Managing Change (Module leader)
SHW70302-3 Using Research to Inform Social Work Practice (EBP)
HEN 50048-1 Foundations of Operating Theatre Practice (EBP)
HEM58179-M Comparative Health Care Organisation and Policy
2012 Leadership in the Public Sector (C.Teelken, E. Ferlie and M.Dent), London: Routledge.
2004 Questioning the New Public Management (M. Dent, J.J. Barry and J.P. Chandler) Aldershot: Ashgate.
2003 Remodelling Hospitals and Health Professionals in Europe: Medicine, Nursing and the State, London: Palgrave.
2003 Gender and the Public Sector, (J.J. Barry, M. Dent and M. O’Neill), London: Routledge.
2002 Managing Professional Identities: Knowledge, Performativities and the 'New' Professional (M. Dent and S. Whitehead), London: Routledge.
2014 Medicine, Hybrids and Management in European Hospitals (Special Issue) (edited by M. Dent and I. Bode) International Journal of Public Sector Management (forthcoming May).
2014 Electronic Patient Information System and Care Pathways: The Organisational Challenges of Implementation and Integration (Dent, M. and Tutt, D) in Electronic Information in Health and Social Care, Special Issue, Health Informatics Journal edited by M. Dent and K.Eason (in press DOI 10:1177/146041350518545) 2013 The Translation of Hospital Management Models in European Health Systems: A Framework for Comparison (Kirkpatrick, I., Bullinger, B., Lega, F., Dent, M.) British Journal of Management, 24(S1): S48-S61.
2012 Bottom-up and middle-out approaches to electronic patient information systems: a focus on healthcare pathways (Eason, K., Dent, M., Waterson, P., Tutt., Thornett, A.) Informatics in Primary Care, 20: 51056.
2011 The contested terrain of hospital management: professional projects and healthcare reforms in Denmark (Kirkpatrick, I., Dent, M. and Jespersen, P.J), Current Sociology, 59 (Autumn 2011)
2009 ‘Beliefs, barriers and control: a model for research into social exclusion’ (Suckling, S., Ryan, P. and Dent, M.), The International Journal of Public Sector Management, 22(5) 423-431
2009 ‘Medicine and Management in a Comparative Perspective: the Case of Denmark and England’ (Kirkpatrick, I., Jespersen, P.K., Dent, M. and Neogy, N.), Sociology of Health & Illness, 31(5)
2008 ‘Towards a productive relationship between medicine and management: reporting from a national inquiry’, (Kirkpatrick, I. Shelly, M. Dent, M. and Neogy, I.) International Journal of Clinical Leadership 16
2007 ‘Symposium on Changing Modes of Governance in Public Sector Organisations: Action and Rhetoric’ Public Administration, 85(1): 1-8.
2006 ‘Delivering Patient Choice in English Acute Hospital Trusts’, (Dent, M. and Haslam, C.) Accounting Forum, 30: 359-76.
2006 ‘Patient Choice and Medicine in Health Care: responsibilisation, governance and proto-professionalisation’, Public Management Review, 8(3): 449-62
2006 Disciplining the medical profession? Implications of patient choice for medical dominance, Health Sociology Review, 15 (5).
2005 ‘Post New Public Management in Public Sector Hospitals? The United Kingdom, German and Italy’, Policy & Politics 33(4): 623-36
2004 ‘Archetype Transition in the German Health Service? The attempted modernisation of hospitals in a north German state’ (Dent, M., Howorth, C., Mueller, F., and Preuschoft, C.) Public Administration, 82 (3): 727-42.
2003 ‘Saving a Hospital: Irony, Rhetoric and Actor-Networks’ Organisation 10(1): 107-27.
2003 ‘Nurse Professionalisation and traditional values in Poland and Greece’, International Journal of Public Sector Management, 16(2): 153-62
2002 ‘Professional Predicaments: comparing the professionalisation projects of German and Italian nurses’, International Journal of Public Sector Management – Special Issue Nursing and Management, 15(2): 151-62.
Chapters in Edited Texts
2012 Medical Leadership and Management Reforms in Hospitals in England, Denmark, Netherlands and Kaiser Permanente (Dent, M., Kirkpatrick, I. And Neogy, I), in C. Teelken, E. Ferlie and M. Dent (eds) Leadership in the Public Sector: Promises and Pitfalls, London: Routledge: 105-125.
2008 ‘Medicine, Nursing and Changing Jurisdictions in the UK’ in New Directions in the Study of Expert Labour: Established Professions and New Expert Occupations, edited by S. Ackroyd and D. Muzio, Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan: 101-117.
2004 ‘New Public Management and the Professions in the UK: strange couplings’ with J.J. Barry in Questioning the New Public Management, edited by M. Dent, J.J. Barry and J.P. Chandler, Aldershot: Ashgate (April).
2003 ‘Gender, Welfare Regimes and the Medical Profession in France and Greece: jurisdiction, etatism and the ‘Mediterranean Rim’ in Gender and the Public Sector, edited by J.J. Barry, M. Dent, M. and M. O’Neill, London: Routledge.
2003 ‘Introduction’ (Dent, M., Barry, J.J. and O’Neill, M.) in Gender and the Public Sector, edited by J.J. Barry, M. Dent, and M. O’Neill, London: Routledge.
2002 ‘Introduction’ (Dent, M. and Whitehead, S.) in Managing Professional Identities: Knowledge, Performativities and the 'New' Professional, edited by M. Dent, and S. Whitehead), London: Routledge.
Invited Keynotes and Lectures
2013 Choosing and Trusting in Health Care: Patients, Citizens and Professionals. European Sociological Association Annual Conference, Turin, Italy (July).
2010 ‘The development of medical management roles in European health systems: frameworks for comparison (Mike Dent [Staffordshire University) and Federico Lega [Bocconi University]), COST Conference (IS0903), Institute for Research on Health Care Organisations (IFROSS), Universite Jean Molin, Lyon. 24 November.
2009 ‘Patient choice and the health professions: choosing and trust in the NHS’ invited paper for Professions and Professionalism in the 21st Century: meanings, challenges and prospects an ESRC Seminar held at Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster University 6th January.
2008 ‘The future of professions and professionalism in the public sector: rethinking, reorganization and regulation’. Keynote lecture at the inaugural conference of the Swedish National Network for the Study of the Professions, Växjö Universitet, Sweden (3rd December)
2008 ‘Managing hospital doctors in Europe and USA: Denmark, England Kaiser Permanent and Netherlands’, Invited lecture (keynote) for Forum for Professional Research, School of Social Sciences, Växjö Universitet, Sweden (2nd December)
2008 ‘Medicine and Management in a Comparative Perspective: the Cases of Denmark and England’ (Kirkpatrick, I., Jespersen, P.K., Dent, M. and Neogy, N.), SCANCOR Conference, Stanford University, USA. Invited paper for Session VIII: Restructuring Healthcare and Professions: Comparative Perspectives – Discussants: M. Dent and T. D’Aunno, INSEAD (22nd November)
2007 ‘Remodelling the National Health Service in England and the UK: devolution, decentralisation and accessibility’, (Roundtable: Access to Health Care Services: Integration and Regionalization), The First International Seminar on Innovation in Health Management, Sírio Libanês Hospital, Organised by the Department of Health, São Paulo State, Brazil (November).
2007 ‘Reinventing the NHS’ Lecture for the alumni, faculty and health professionals , Fudação Geulio Vargas, Escola de Administraçao de Empresas de São Paulo, Brazil (14 September).
2007 ‘Professionsalism, Paternalism and Health Care Organisation across Europe’ Markets in Health, Fudação Geulio Vargas, Escola de Administraçao de Empresas de São Paulo, Brazil (13 September).
2007 ‘Reinventing the National Health Service in Britain: remodelling delivery, managing the professions and empowering the patients’ Rede de Inovação e Aprendizagem em Gestão Hospitalar (Innovation and Learning in Hospital Management Network), Organização Pan-Americana de Saúde (OPAS), Univresidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (11 Septemeber)
2007 ‘Challenging professional identity: new public management, governance and choice’, 11th International Research Conference of Dilemmas for the Human Services, Luleå, Sweden, University of Technology (31st August)
2006 ‘Re-inventing Medicine and Medical Knowledge’, Professions in the Knowledge Based Economy, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, Lancaster (20 September).
2005 ‘Changing Jurisdictions within the Health Professions: Autonomy or Accountability? Research Seminar, Uppsala University, Department of Business Studies (28 October)
2005. ‘New Public Management and Health Care Organisation across Europe’, Department of Human Work Sciences, Research Seminar, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (21 October)
2005. ‘Professionalism, Paternalism and Health Care Organisation across Europe’, Keynote Paper, Dilemmas for Human Services, 9 International Research Conference, University of East London, London
2005. ‘Professionalism and Health Care Organisation across Europe’, Partner research seminar - Managing the public sector: transparency versus accountability? Experiences in the organisation of health care and higher education, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands (28 April)
2004 ‘Medicine, Nursing and the New Public Management: European comparative analysis’, Reform-, Ledelses-og Organiseringsprocessor I Sundhedsvæsenet, FLOS Nordic Research Network, Copenhagen Business School (2 December).
2003 ‘Governance and the Mediterranean Model’, East London Business School Research Conference (June).
2001 Clinical Governance in the British NHS’ Hochschule fur Wirtschaft and Politik (Technical University), Hamburg, Germany (June)
2001 ‘Managing Hospitals and the Medical Profession in Europe: A Comparison of Germany and Italy’, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Staffordshire University.
ContactProfessor Mike Dent
Faculty of Health Sciences
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