Dr David Rea
Associate Professor - Head of Department
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 295316

I have been Head of the Department of Public Health, Policy, and Social Sciences since 2011. The Department is home to a multi-disciplinary team of staff whose work contributes to increasing the health and social care workforce as competent and effective practitioners, and fostering academic expertise to enhance knowledge, policy and practice through teaching and research and critical thinking. It brings together experts in health and social care, social work, social policy, psychology, public health, management, and change, whose work reflects shared principles of promoting social justice, equality, diversity as a basis for improving human well-being.

The Department has over 40 PhD students currently. The department also runs eight MAs/MSc programmes, several qualifying programmes in public health nursing and social work, and two undergraduate programmes in social policy and health and social care. Many of our students come from overseas. The department also has strong links with the University of Houston, Texas and with Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.

Prior to being Head of Department, I led the MSc Health Care Management at Swansea which recruits students from the UK and internationally. I taught in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. I have supervised many MSc students, and several PhD students through to completion.

My own PhD was from the University of Kent. My thesis looked at power within health care, and the emergence of management within health care delivery. As a post-doc, I worked at Manchester School of Management, UMIST, on a project investigating the early creation activity-based costing systems and their use in reconstructing organizations and relationships. My interest in power has more recently led me to research the relative lack of power that service users have in the organization and management of services.

I have been involved in promoting and enabling good practice in patient involvement in clinical research. I am currently involved in a review of the integration of health and social care, with a focus on identifiable health benefits.

I am an experienced qualitative researcher familiar with a variety of empirical methods: interviews, focus groups, non-participant observation, and documentary analysis.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Care Management
  • Health Care Quality Improvement
  • Service Delivery and Organisation
  • Service user involvement in research
  • Patient empowerment and participation
  • Consumer Involvement
  • Patient safety

Publications

  1. & (2015). The Integrated Care Evaluation Framework (ICE-F): A Realistic Evaluation of Integrated Health and Social Care Services in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government Social Research.
  2. & P70 How can patients and carers be involved in research to improve care? Developing and evaluating a model of involvement. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 64(Suppl 1), A70-A70.
  3. & Patient safety in primary care: incident reporting and significant event reviews in British general practice. Health & Social Care in the Community 24(4), 411-419.
  4. & Involving service users in trials: developing a standard operating procedure. Trials 14(1), 219
  5. & Including service users in trials and rigorous studies in health and social care: developing a standard operating procedure for researchers. Trials 12(Suppl 1), A83

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Teaching

  • ASP314 Health Policy

    This module introduces students to developments in the organisation of the health services across the UK, setting it within the historical, political and social contexts of society. It examines the concepts of `health¿ and `illness¿, the formulation and evaluation of health care policy and its economic dimensions, as well as analysis of inequalities in health, comparative health systems, professionalisation and accountability.

  • SHBM00 Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health

    In this module students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the wider context of health care management. The social, cultural and economic context within which health and illness are defined and experienced and how these impact and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems will be critically explored.

  • SHBM01 Theoretical Perspectives on Leadership and Management within Health Care

    This module will help students to develop a critical understanding of management and leadership issues in the context of health and social care systems. This module focuses on theoretical perspectives often drawn from industry, commerce and elsewhere, and examines their application within health and social care and the public sector.

  • SHBM04 Resource Management: Improvement Science, Quality and Governance

    The aim of this module is to provide a critical understanding of quality improvement and improvement science in healthcare. The module focuses on the skills required to design, measure, communicate and evaluate improvement programmes within the workplace. The module is designed to develop problem solving skills and promote an evidence approach to improving healthcare systems and processes.

  • SHQM22 Dissertation (Health Care Management)

    Students will choose their own area of study, in consultation with study supervisor, and in accordance with the aims of the award. Students will be encouraged to attempt a project-based, business-planning project while maintaining high academic standards in their research. However, students may also opt for a more theoretical exploration of an area of relevance to health care and health care management. The dissertation comprises Part Two of the MSc programme.

  • SHQM27 Politics and Policies

    This module is a compulsory module in the MSc Health Care Management programme. It will analyse the forces and processes that shape modern health care policies, discussing the phases of policy formation, implementation and evaluation. Theories and models of the policy making process will be examined as they relate to actual practice and the potential obstacles to `perfect implementation¿ will be studied. A series of contemporary issues such as rationing, patient and public involvement, and policy divergence after devolution will be discussed.

  • SHQM29 Quality Improvement

    This module is offered as an option for the MSc Health Care Management. The module will examine the development of quality issues in the public sector generally and in the private and public health services. Attention will be paid to the political and ideological impetus for stressing quality as a central concern in the public sector. Different perspectives on quality will be examined and the validity and appropriateness of criteria for assessing quality in the health services will be critically scrutinised. Managerial and professional mechanisms for monitoring quality will be compared with attempts to involve patients in the assessment of quality in health service provision.

  • SHQM37 Organising Health Care

    The aim of the module is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing strategic and operational planning in health and social care. The module is concerned with the theory of strategic planning and the concepts that underpin resource allocation in health and social care. It is increasingly difficult to claim that strategic planning is a distinctively different process in the public sector compared with the private sector, and any differences in philosophy and process will be explored and examined. The module will emphasise how ideology, politics, value systems and resource constraints pose particularly challenging issues in the development, formation and implementation of strategic plans in health care. The module will also deal with resource allocation mechanisms in the public sector, in particular the relationship between allocation of resources to that of meeting objectives related to addressing inequalities in health status and service provision.

  • SHQM43 Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

    This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of management and leadership in the context of health and social care. The module will have a dual focus on theoretical perspectives and applied health care management. Theoretical perspectives will be drawn from business, health and further afield, to examine their application within health and social care and the public sector. Contemporary health and social care examples will be used as points for discussion and learning.

Supervision

  • Comparative Study of the implementation of Regional Health Plans in Oman (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Hughes
  • Exploring cultural differences in childhood obesity (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amy Brown
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter King
  • An evaluation of factors influencing the implementation and impact of Kuwait's health care quality strategy on acute services delivery (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof John Gammon
  • Performance improvement and innovation in Saudi Arabian health care: barriers and opportunities (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Hughes
  • Exploring the relationship between patient safety, patient satifaction and quality assurance within Kuwait Healthcare (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephanie Best
  • Evaluating the organisational factors affecting lean health care readiness and sustainability within Ministry of Health hospitals in Saudi Arabia (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Rich
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephanie Best
  • Cost, Value and Universalities in Saudi Health Care Sysytem during 2020 reforms (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sharon Williams
  • The dialectic between organisational culture and social work values for supervisors and practitioners within Adult Social Service departments in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephanie Best
  • A comparative study exploring the teaching of disability issues in UK qualifying Social Work Education and in Texas, USA (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Fiona Verity
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephanie Best

Administrative Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

  • Member, representing Cynnwys Pobl : Involving People, UKCRC – Patient and Public Participation Forum

    2007 - 2010

  • Member of Operational Steering Group and Portfolio Group, Clinical Research Collaboration – Cymru

    2007 - 2010

Key Grants and Projects

  • Cynnwys Pobl : Involving People 2007 - 2010

    Associate Director , with C. Porteous, WORD

  • Scoping Exercise (WORD) to demonstrate need for a research network on Patient and Public Involvement 2005 - 2005

    , with L. Griffiths, WORD

  • Rural provision of service delivery models for elderly people with mental health problems. 2004 - 2004

    , Powys Health Authority