Prof Graham Martin

Dr Graham MartinMA (Oxon), MSc (Bristol), PhD (Nottingham), FHEA

Professor of Health Organisation and Policy

Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group

Health Sciences
University of Leicester
George Davies Centre
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3207


Personal details


Graham Martin is Professor of Health Organisation and Policy in the Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group, and Head of the Department of Health Sciences from August 2015.

After studying geography at Oxford and Bristol, he worked for three years at the Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit in the Department of Health Sciences, on various research projects, including a national evaluation of intermediate care. From 2004 to 2009, Graham worked at the University of Nottingham on further health-related research projects, including an evaluation of pilot NHS genetics initiatives. He also studied for his PhD, a study of service-user involvement in cancer-genetics provision. Graham returned to Leicester to join the SAPPHIRE Group as senior lecturer in October 2009, and was promoted to a personal chair in April 2012. He became Head of Department of Health Sciences in August 2015.

Graham's research relates to wide-ranging 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
  • Quality, safety and improvement in healthcare



  • Sessions on the ‘Foundations’ and ‘Qualitative methods’ modules of the MRes Applied Health Research
  • Sessions on the social scientific modules of the MBChB
  • Sessions on various modules of the MSc Quality and Safety in Healthcare

PhD students

  • Emma AngellPractice responsiveness: policy and implementation in primary care
  • Emma JonesDescribing methods and interventions in perioperative quality improvement
  • Caroline Morris: RISK-I: Exploring RISK-Identification to prevent cardiovascular disease
  • Elizabeth SuttonStaff and patients’ perspectives and experiences of patient involvement in patient safety
  • Farhad Peerally: Making action plans following root cause analysis of serious incidents in healthcare more robust


Current research projects

  • Building a culture of openness across the healthcare system: From transparency through learning to improvement?
    Department of Health Policy Research Programme
  • Hospital-wide Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
  • East Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)
  • Enhanced Peri-Operative Care for High-risk patients (EPOCH) Trial: A stepped wedge randomised cluster trial of an intervention to improve quality of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy.
  • Evaluation of the Health Foundation’s Safer Clinical Systems Programme Phase 2
    Health Foundation
  • Sepsis VTE Collaborative Project Evaluation
    Healthcare Improvement Scotland


External activities and esteem indicators

  • Member, NIHR NETSCC National Stakeholder Advisory Group
  • Trustee, Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Senior member, ESRC Peer Review College
  • External examiner, BSc Healthcare Management, Policy and Research, University of Southampton

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