Tim Doran studied biochemistry and medicine at the University of Edinburgh and subsequently trained in psychiatry and public health in the North West of England. He moved into academia in 2000, holding posts at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, and Harvard School of Public Health. As Professor of Health Policy at the University of York, he leads research into the impacts of health and social policies on health inequalities, and the effects and unintended consequences of quality improvement initiatives in healthcare.
Tim's main research interests are in the fields of health policy and health inequalities, including the wider social determinants of health and the effectiveness of healthcare services.
- Re-engineering Health Policy Research for Fairer Decisions and Better Health. Funded by the Wellcome Trust through a Senior Investigator Award, this project draws together leading international collaborators from the fields of health services research, epidemiology, economics and ethics. The five-year programme will develop rigorous methods for measuring the impacts of health and social policy interventions on equity, and will apply these methods to assess the effectiveness of major public health and healthcare initiatives.
- Socio-economic Impact of Policy Instruments for Health Research Dissemination. Funded by the Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research, this project assesses the impact of policy instruments that apply and disseminate research for improvement of health care provision.
- Developing and Evaluating Diabetes Self-Management Interventions for People with Severe Mental Illness. Led by Najma Saddiqi (University of York) and supported by a programme grant from the National Institute for Health Research, this research will develop and test a self-management programme for people with both severe mental illness and diabetes.
- Quality of Primary Care and Healthcare Outcomes and Utilisation for People with Serious Mental Illness. Led by Rowena Jacobs (University of York), this National Institute for Health Research funded programme assesses the impact of primary care received by patients with serious mental illness on mortality, emergency admissions and healthcare use.
- Supporting Policy Development and Evaluating Change: A Fast Response Analytical Facility. Funded by the Department of Health and led by Karen Bloor (University of York) and Richard Murray (King’s Fund), this collaboration provides expert advice, policy briefings and empirical and theoretical analysis to the English Department of Health in order to improve strategic health policy decisions.
- Cost-effectiveness of Deploying GPs in the Emergency Department. Led by Jonathan Benger (University of Bristol) and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, this research assesses the impact on patient care of GPs working in or alongside Emergency Departments.
Tim is interested in supervising PhDs in the fields of health inequalities, quality improvement, and financial incentives in health care.