Dr Stephanie Best
Senior Lecturer
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602039
Room: Office - 125
First Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

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.


  1. & Does leadership development alter the perspectives of NHS managers?. British Journal of Healthcare Management 25(2), 85-91.
  2. & Professional identity in interprofessional teams: findings from a scoping review. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 1-12.
  3. & Combining complexity and implementation science methods to promote the uptake of genomic research into routine clinical, organisational and policy healthcare contexts across Australia: a transformative translational change programme. BMJ Open
  4. & Integrated care: mobilising professional identity. Journal of Health Organization and Management 32(5), 726-740.
  5. & (2017). Professional Identity: Friend or Foe to Integrated Care. Presented at Creative Disruption, Melbourne: ANZAM.

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  • Identifying and Assessing Senior and Middle Healthcare Managers' Competencies in the Saudi Arabian Sector. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
  • The Impact of Organisational Socialisation on Employee Performance and Retention at the Emergency Departments of Omani Hospitals.«br /» (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea

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Professional Identity research receives international recognition

New research focusing on professional identity in integrated teams by Dr Stephanie Best and Dr Sharon Williams from the College of Human and Health Sciences received the best paper award at the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) conference.