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Jonathan Shapiro

Honorary Senior Fellow in Health Service Research, University of Birmingham

Jonathan Shapiro is a consultant and senior academic who uses his extensive experience of healthcare to offer strategic advice and practical solutions to a wide variety of health care organisations both in the UK and abroad. He brings to this role the skills learned over the years as a qualified doctor, a University academic, the clinical lead of the UK branch of a multi-national corporation, and the Chair of a large UK Mental Health Trust. He also chairs the international health education charity Education for Health.

Areas of expertise
Organisational issues
Systemic diagnosis and ‘prescription’
Leadership, facilitation and mentorship
Strategy development and change management
Organisational design and ‘anthropology’
Systemic issues
Policy analysis and development, and broader political skills
Individual and corporate responsibility in health care
The functions and role of primary care
The clinical/management interface
Strong publishing/media record: research, consultancy, and commentary, both proactive and reactive roles

Jonathan’s interests have always centred on a whole system approach to the analysis and improvement of healthcare. His work explores the organisational and professional boundaries that obstruct the delivery of holistic care. In particular, he excels at working across the levels of client organisations, helping them to understand their strategic problems, and then to develop constructive, innovative, sustainable plans. He has been involved in such work for many years, and has extensive experience with health care organisations in the public sector (including Trusts, PCTs, SHAs and Department of Health in the UK, as well as Governmental departments in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Bermuda, Israel etc) and private sector (including Pharma (e.g.Pfizer, GSK), Humana, The Health Foundation).

Examples of current and recent projects
• Wide variety of different development programmes involving CCGs and NHS England in various parts of the country (ongoing)
• Principal investigator at Birmingham University Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) project on service redesign in the Acute sector (2008-2013)
• Evaluation of The Health Foundation’s Leadership programmes (with ORCNI, 2010)
• Consultancy projects with various organisations including: Australian Commonwealth, Canadian Federal Government, Albertan provincial Government, and a Bermudan NGO (2001-05)


  • 2008–present
    Chair, Education for Health
  • 2007–2013
    Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research, University of Birmingham