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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.
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.
Students currently supervised by Rowena Jacobs: