Dr Stephanie Best
Senior Lecturer
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602039

Stephanie’s background as a chartered physiotherapist and clinical leader has proved invaluable as programme director for the MSc Health Care Management. She has many years of UK and international experience including work in Singapore and Malawi. Following ten years working in health in Wales, Stephanie completed a three year PhD scholarship with PoWIS (Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship) and the Rural Health Implementation Group at Welsh Government exploring the Adoption of Innovation in health and social care.

Stephanie’s teaching includes modules on the MSc Health Care Management, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion and the NHS Wales graduate MSc programme. She is also involved with several clinical and non-clinical undergraduate programmes. She is particularly interested in innovative assessment approaches.

Her research interests span topics such as the roles of AHPS and public health (such as non-communicable diseases in particular the role of physical activity) to innovating in health and social care. Her active research activities include work with the Improvement Science Research Group and several different projects on leadership, integration, professional identity and innovation.

Publications

  1. Innovating in Health and Social Care, Rural Health in Wales. Applied Findings from the Practitioners’ Perspective. British Journal of Community Nursing 20(11), 559-563.
  2. (2016). The need for speed. The role of trust in rural health and social care innovation. Presented at International Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference, “Attaining, sustaining and spreading improvement: Art or Science?”, Cardiff Business School:
  3. (2014). Practitioners' Perceptions of the Process of Innovating in Health and Social Care in Rural Wales.
  4. (2016). Growing Pains. The Use of Discussion Boards for Summative Assessment: The Teenage Years. Presented at Inspiring Teaching, Enhancing Assessment and Engaging Students SALT conference 2016,
  5. Facilitating integrated delivery of services across organisational boundaries: Essential enablers to integration. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 80(5), 302-309.

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Teaching

  • SHBM01 Theoretical Perspectives on Leadership and Management in 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.

  • SHBM03 Leading Change and Innovation

    In this module students will develop a scholarly understanding of approaches to leading change and innovation and will be equipped to critically appraise the processes and analyse the opportunities and challenges. The module will introduce theoretical perspectives of change and innovation and explore their application into health care delivery. The emphasis will be on the module being highly interactive and dynamic with a focus on student participation to develop the knowledge, skills and culture required for innovation in the health care setting.

  • SHC330 Professional Practice 3

    This is a module that builds upon SHC150 Professional Practice 1 and SHC230 Professional Practice 2 from years 1 and 2 to provide the student with an in depth understanding of professional practice as it applies to healthcare science.

  • SHGM37 Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice

    The module is designed to help students address the key areas of practice concerned with leading and managing teams and individuals, building alliances, developing capacity and capability, and working in partnership with other practitioners and agencies. It is therefore concerned with working within teams; leadership within teams; managing resources, budgets, projects, and service delivery; strategy and management of change; negotiation, facilitation, and building alliances.

  • SHH312 Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care

    The module is designed to help students address the key areas of practice concerned with leading and managing teams and individuals, building alliances, developing capacity and capability, and working in partnership with other practitioners and agencies. It is therefore concerned with working within teams; leadership within teams; managing resources, budgets, projects, and service delivery; strategy and management of change; negotiation, facilitation, and building alliances.

  • SHQM39 Evidence and Research for Health Care Management

    The aim of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the research process and methods of sound research. The module concerns the skills required to ensure healthcare managers are able to critically evaluate research and evaluation reports to inform students¿ decision making at strategic and operational level. The module is also designed as preparation for Part Two of the MSc Health Care Management, the dissertation, and will require students to prepare and present an a research proposal for a MSc level dissertation.

  • 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

  • Exploring the relationship between patient safety, patient satifaction and quality assurance within Kuwait Healthcare (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
  • 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 David Rea
    Other supervisor: Dr Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett
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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
    Other supervisor: Dr Sharon Williams
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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
    Other supervisor: Dr Sharon Williams

Administrative Responsibilities