Professor Catherine Needham is Professor of Public Policy and Public Management in the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on social care markets, personalisation, co-production and workforce change. She is leading projects for the Department of Health on Market-shaping and on Personalisation, Choice and Control. Her most recent book is What Size is Good Care? Policy Press, 2017.

Catherine is the lead for Comparing UK Care Systems: prospects, developments and differentiation in the 4 UK nations. To better understand the factors which support sustainable care, this work package compares care systems in the UK’s 4 nations.

Catherine Needham

Work Package

Comparing UK Care Systems

Prospects, developments and differentiation in the four UK nations.


Needham, C. and Dickinson, H. (2018) ‘Any one of us could be among that number’: Comparing the Policy Narratives for Individualized Disability Funding in Australia and England. Social Policy & Administration, 52 (3), pp. 731-49
Needham, C., Mastracci, S. and Mangan, C. (2017) ‘The Emotional Labour of Boundary Spanning’, Journal of Integrated Care, 25(4), pp.288-300
West, K. and Needham, C. (2017) ‘Making it real or sustaining a fantasy? Personal budgets for older people’, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37(11-12), pp.683-695
Durose, C., Needham, C., Mangan, C. and Rees, J. (2017) ‘Generating ‘good enough’ evidence for co-production’, Evidence and Policy, 13 (1) pp 135-151
Needham, C., Allen, K. and Hall, K. (2016) Micro-Enterprise and Personalisation: What Size is Good Care? Bristol: Policy Press, 227 pp.

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