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.

Publications

  1. & Leadership Development. What difference does it make? Perspectives of NHS Managers.. British Journal of Healthcare Management
  2. Professional identity in interprofessional teams: Findings from a scoping review. Journal of Interprofessional Care
  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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Teaching

  • 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.

Supervision

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
  • Identification of challenges and opportunities facing the maintenance of universal health care in Oman – will a greater range of health care provision develop in the future? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea

Administrative Responsibilities

Latest News

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.