Rowena Jacobs
Professor

Profile

Biography

Rowena Jacobs is Professor of Health Economics in the Health Policy Team in the Centre for Health Economics. She has a PhD in Economics (2002) from the University of York and an MCom Degree in Economics (cum laude) (1997) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Rowena’s research interests include health policy reforms, incentives and performance measurement with a particular interest in mental health services. Recent research projects include topics such as organisational culture and performance, the use of composite performance indicators, quality of life indicators and the performance of Foundation Trust hospitals.

Rowena recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship from the Department of Health on performance measurement in mental health services. The research examined variations in performance in outcomes, efficiency, well-being, costs, and length of stay.

Rowena has led two projects on the ESRC Public Services Programme on public sector performance. She is currently involved in a project on the Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit (ESHCRU) on examining the performance of providers in the hip fracture care pathway. She is leading an NIHR SDO project examining the relationship between primary care practice performance and emergency admissions for persons with serious mental illness.

She has acted as consultant to various UK government and other agencies, as well as the World Bank and WHO and is currently an expert adviser to the OECD on performance measurement in mental health services. She is also a governor for York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  

News

Rowena featured on BBC Radio 4's File on 4 programme 'Minding the Gap: Mental Healthcare' on 19 and 24 May 2015 which explored how mental health care was likely to be funded in the future. Listen here from 31:17.

Curriculum vitae

Research

Overview

  • health policy reforms, incentives and performance measurement
  • efficiency measurement
  • financial incentives and Payment by Results
  • organisational culture and performance
  • performance indicators
  • mental health services

Research group(s)

Supervision

Students currently supervised by Rowena Jacobs:

Teaching

Postgraduate

External activities

Memberships

Editorial duties

  • Editorial Board Member of The Open Health Services and Policy Journal

Invited talks and conferences

  • ‘Some economic and policy considerations for outcome measurement’, Measuring Outcomes in Mental Health: A Clinical Necessity, Andrew Sims Centre, Leeds, 3 February 2010.
  • ‘The Impact of Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams on Psychiatric Admissions in England’, 10th Workshop on Costs and Assessment in Psychiatry: Mental Health Policy and Economics, Venice, Italy, 25-27 March 2011.
  • ‘Medical Co-morbidity’, 10th Workshop on Costs and Assessment in Psychiatry: Mental Health Policy and Economics, Venice, Italy, 25-27 March 2011.
  • ‘The Economics of Mental Healthcare Provision: Understanding Payment by Results (PbR)’, Shine Business Centre, Leeds, 19 May 2011.
  • ‘PROMS, PbR and public policy’, Outcome measurement in mental health – the essentials, Andrew Sims Centre, Leeds, 1 November 2011.
  • ‘Do hospitals respond to greater autonomy? Evidence on Foundation Trusts’, Health Policy Seminar Series in Nuffield College, Oxford, 17 November 2011.
  • ‘Payment by Results (PbR) for mental health services’, The Retreat Hospital, York, 21 December 2011.
  • ‘The economics of funding flows in the English NHS: Payment by Results (PbR)’, Medi-Clinic Southern Africa, Cape Town, 16 January 2012. 
  • ‘Variations in efficiency in mental health services in the English NHS: An analysis of patient-level data, World Psychiatric Association Thematic Conference, Granada, Spain, 8 – 11 February 2012.
  • ‘Payment by Results (PbR) for mental health services’, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 21 March 2012.
  • ‘Cross-country comparison of efficiency of mental healthcare systems in OECD countries’, OECD, Paris, 27 March 2012.
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Contact details

Rowena Jacobs
Professor
Centre for Health Economics