Graham Martin

MA (Oxon), MSc (Bristol), PhD (Nottingham), FHEA

Professor of Health Organisation and Policy


Dr Graham Martin



Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
22-28 Princess Road West 
Leicester, LE1 6TP

Tel: 00 44 116 252 3207



My research focuses on various issues in the organisation and delivery of health and social care, including:

  • The implementation of health and social care policy
  • Organisational change, management and the professions
  • Patient and public participation in health

After studying geography at Oxford and Bristol, I worked for three years at the Leicester Nuffield Research Unit in the Department of Health Sciences, on various research projects, including a national evaluation of intermediate care.  From 2004 to 2009, I worked at the University of Nottingham on further health-related research projects, including an evaluation of pilot NHS genetics initiatives. I also studied for my PhD, a study of service-user involvement in cancer-genetics provision.  I returned to Leicester to join the SAPPHIRE Group as senior lecturer in October 2009, and was promoted to a personal chair in April 2012.

Further information about my work can be found at



Director of Learning and Teaching, Department of Health Sciences, 2011-2012

Co-convener, British Sociological Association medical sociology study group, 2009-11

Associate board member, NIHR Health Services Research programme, 2010-2012

Deputy Lead, Population Sciences Theme, 2012-


Martin, G.P., S. Weaver, G. Currie, R. Finn and R. McDonald (forthcoming) Innovation sustainability in challenging healthcare contexts: embedding clinically led change in routine practice. Health Services Management Research in press

Armstrong, N., G. Herbert, E.-L. Aveling, M. Dixon-Woods and G.P. Martin (forthcoming) Optimising patient involvement in quality improvement. Health Expectations in press

Martin, G.P. and J.J. Waring (forthcoming) Leading from the middle: constrained realities of clinical leadership in healthcare organisations. Health in press

Martin, G.P., S. McNicol and S. Chew (forthcoming) Towards a new paradigm in applied health research and practice? Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care. Journal of Health Organization & Management in press

Aveling, E.-L., G. Martin, S. Jimenez, L. Martin, G. Herbert, M. Dixon-Woods, N. Armstrong and I. Woolhouse (2012) Reciprocal peer review for quality improvement: an ethnographic case study of the Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes Project. BMJ Quality & Safety 21(12): 1034-1041

Dixon-Woods, M., S. McNicol and G. Martin (2012) Ten challenges in improving quality in health care: lessons from the Health Foundation's programme evaluations and relevant literature. BMJ Quality & Safety 21(10): 876-884

Aveling, E.-L., G.P. Martin, N. Armstrong, J. Banerjee and M. Dixon-Woods (2012) Quality improvement through clinical communities: eight lessons for practice. Journal of Health Organization and Management 26(1): 158-174

Martin, G.P. (2012) To be a round peg in a square hole. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 17(2): 119-120

Martin, G.P. (2012) Public deliberation in action: emotion, inclusion and exclusion in participatory decision making. Critical Social Policy 32(2): 163-183

Martin, G.P. and M. Learmonth (2012) A critical account of the rise and spread of 'leadership': the case of UK healthcare. Social Science & Medicine 74(3): 281-288 (PDF)

Lockett, A., G. Currie, J. Waring, R. Finn and G.P. Martin (2012) The role of institutional entrepreneurs in reforming health care. Social Science & Medicine 74(3): 356-363

Martin, G.P. and R. Finn (2011) Patients as team members: opportunities, challenges and paradoxes of including patients in multi-professional health-care teams. Sociology of Health & Illness 33(7): 1050-1065

Martin, G.P., G. Currie and A. Lockett (2011) Prospects for knowledge exchange in health policy and management: institutional and epistemic boundaries. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 16(4): 211-217 (PDF)

Martin, G.P., V.L. Ward, J. Hendy, E. Rowley, S. Nancarrow, J. Heaton, N. Britten, S. Fielden and S. Ariss (2011) The challenges of evaluating large-scale, multi-partner programmes: the case of NIHR CLAHRCs. Evidence & Policy 7(4): 489-509 (PDF)

Martin, G.P. (2011) Users and the third sector: opportunities, challenges and potentials in influencing the governance of public services. In M. Barnes and P. Cotterell (eds) Critical Perspectives on User Involvement. Policy Press, Bristol: 47-55

Martin, G.P. (2011) The third sector, user involvement and public-service reform: a case study in the co-governance of health-service provision. Public Administration 89(3): 909-932

Martin, G.P., G. Currie, R. Finn and R. McDonald (2011) The medium-term sustainability of organisational innovations in the National Health Service. Implementation Science 6: 19

Finn, R., G. Currie and G.P. Martin (2010) Team work in context: institutional mediation in the public-service professional bureaucracy. Organization Studies 31(8): 1069-1097

Dixon, S., B. Kaambwa, S. Nancarrow, G.P. Martin and S. Bryan (2010) The relationship between staff skill mix, costs and outcomes in intermediate care services. BMC Health Services Research 10: 221

Currie, G., R. Finn and G.P. Martin (2010) Role transition and the interaction of relational and social identity: new nursing roles in the English NHS. Organization Studies 31(7): 941-961

Martin, G.P. (2010) Public participation in state governance from a social-theoretical perspective. In G. Currie, J. Ford, N. Harding and M. Learmonth (eds) Making Public Services Management Critical. Routledge, London: 102-118

Martin, G.P., G. Currie and R. Finn (2009) Bringing genetics into primary care: findings from a national evaluation of pilots in England. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 14(4): 204-211 (PDF)

Martin, G.P., G. Currie and R. Finn (2009) Leadership, service reform, and public-service networks: the case of cancer-genetics pilots in the English NHS. Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory 19(4): 769-794. (PDF)

Currie, G., G. Martin and R. Finn (2009) Professional competition and modernising the clinical workforce in the NHS: possibilities and limits to the development of the specialist generalist in primary care. Work, Employment & Society 23(2): 267-284.

Martin, G.P., G. Currie and R. Finn (2009) Reconfiguring or reproducing intra-professional boundaries? Specialist expertise, generalist knowledge and the ‘modernization’ of the medical workforce. Social Science & Medicine 68(7): 1191-1198. (PDF)

Martin, G.P. (2009) Whose health, whose care, whose say? Some comments on public involvement in new NHS commissioning arrangements. Critical Public Health 19(1): 123-132. (PDF)

Martin, G.P. (2009) Public and user participation in public-service delivery: tensions in policy and practice. Sociology Compass 3(2): 310-326. (PDF)

Learmonth, M., G. Martin and P. Warwick (2009) Ordinary and effective: the Catch 22 in managing the public voice in health care? Health Expectations 12(1): 106-115.

Martin, G.P. (2008) Residents, interviewees, class representatives? Reflections on the use of qualitative interviews in knowing the worlds of gentrification. In P.J. Maginn, M. Tonts and S. Thompson (eds) Qualitative Housing Analysis: an International Perspective. Elsevier, Oxford: 115-139.

Martin, G.P. (2008) Representativeness, legitimacy and power in public involvement in health-care management. Social Science & Medicine 67(11): 1757-1765. (PDF)

Glasby, J., G. Martin and E. Regen (2008) Older people and the relationship between hospital services and intermediate care: results from a national evaluation. Journal of Interprofessional Care 23(6): 639-649.

Regen, E., G. Martin, J. Glasby, G. Hewitt, S. Nancarrow and H. Parker (2008) Challenges, benefits and weaknesses of intermediate care: results from five UK case study sites. Health and Social Care in the Community 16(6): 629-637.

Kaambwa, B., S. Bryan, P. Barton, H. Parker, G. Martin, G. Hewitt, S. Parker and A. Wilson (2008) Costs and health outcomes of intermediate care: results from five UK case study sites. Health & Social Care in the Community 16(6): 573-581.

Currie, G., R. Finn & G. Martin (2008) Accounting for the ‘dark side’ of new organizational forms: the case of healthcare professionals. Human Relations 61(4): 539-564.

Martin, G.P. (2008) “Ordinary people only”: knowledge, representativeness, and the publics of public participation in healthcare. Sociology of Health & Illness 30(1): 35-54. (PDF)

Martin, G.P., R. Finn and G. Currie (2007) National evaluation of NHS genetics service investments: emerging issues from the cancer genetics pilots. Familial Cancer 6(2): 257-263. (PDF)

Currie, G., R. Finn and G. Martin (2007) Spanning boundaries in pursuit of effective knowledge sharing within healthcare networks in the NHS. Journal of Health Organization and Management 21(4-5): 406-417.

Martin, G.P., G.J. Hewitt, T.A. Faulkner and H. Parker (2007) The organization, form and function of intermediate care services and systems in England: results from a national survey. Health & Social Care in the Community 15(2): 146-154. (PDF)

Martin, G.P., S.A. Nancarrow, H. Parker, K. Phelps and E.L. Regen (2005) Place, policy and practitioners: on rehabilitation, independence and the therapeutic landscape in the changing geography of care provision to older people in the United Kingdom. Social Science & Medicine 61(9): 1893-1904. (PDF)

Martin, G.P. (2005) Narratives great and small: neighbourhood change, place and identity in Notting Hill. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 29(1): 67-88. (PDF)

Martin, G.P., K. Phelps and S. Katbamna (2004) Human motivation and professional practice: of knights, knaves and social workers. Social Policy & Administration 38(5): 470-487. (PDF)

Martin, G.P., S.M. Peet, G.J. Hewitt and H. Parker (2004) Diversity in intermediate care. Health & Social Care in the Community 12(2): 150-154. (PDF)

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