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Public Policy and Health

Staff

Professor D J Hunter, Director of CPPH

Director and Professor of Health Policy & Management in the Centre for Public Policy & Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40362
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 40361
Room number: F121, Wolfson Research Institute, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH
Member of Medicine and Health Postgraduate Programmes
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40362

(email at d.j.hunter@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

David Hunter has been Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University since 2000 where he is director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health (CPPH) in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health (www.dur.ac.uk/public.health), a Wolfson Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and Senior Fellow of Durham Global Policy Institute, Durham University. In 2014, the CPPH was designated a WHO Collaborating Centre on Complex Health Systems Research, Knowledge and Action and David is its director. CPPH is the only UK certified centre for Health in All Policies training having completed the WHO’s Trainers’ course in 2015. David is also Deputy Director of Fuse, the UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, (www.fuse.ac.uk) and lead investigator for its complex systems research programme. He is a member of the executive group for the NIHR School for Public health Research (2012-2017). He undertakes research on aspects of public health policy and practice, including partnership working and health system transformation. He is Programme Chair for a range of national and local leadership programmes including those offered under the title Leading Transformation of Health and Wellbeing. 

Among his previous posts, from 1989 to 1999, David was Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Leeds, and was Director of the Nuffield Institute for Health at Leeds for most of this time. Prior to that, he worked at the King's Fund Institute in London. 

David is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. From 2004-2009, he was Chair of the UK Public Health Association.

Among his various responsibilities, David is a non-executive director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2009-) with particular responsibility for public health. He is a member of its Audit and Risk Committee. He is an Appointed Governor of the South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust (2009-) representing Durham University. Between 2009-2014 he was a member of the NIHR SDO Commissioning Board and then its successor the Health Services & Delivery Research Commissioning Board.

David holds an advisory position with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and contributed to the development of WHO’s health strategy and policy framework, Health 2020, and accompanying European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services. Former advisory positions include the Marmot Commission on health inequalities in England (2010) and the House of Commons Health Committee and Communities and Local Government Committee. He is currently advising the Health Committee on its review of the public health system in England (2015-16). David is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (2012-). He is a member of the Advisory Boards for the following journals: Social Science and Medicine (2014-), Public Health (2014-), Journal of Integrated Care (2013-). He was section editor for health policy for BMC Public Health (2012-2015). He is a member of the People in UK Public Health Group (2015-), an advisory group providing independent advice to the UK health departments on an overarching strategy for the public health workforce. 

David lectures and publishes widely on health policy and management topics. His most recent book (2016) is a second edition of The Health Debate, first published in 2008 by Policy Press. He is currently working on a second edition of Managing for Health, first published in 2007, for Routledge. Other recent books include Partnership Working in Public Health (with Neil Perkins) published by Policy Press in 2014.

David enjoys mountain bike riding and hill walking with his two Jack Russells, Eddie and Talisker. Living in Richmond on the edge of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales is an ideal location for both activities. He also enjoys listening to most forms of jazz although his days of playing drums in a group in a variety of Edinburgh pubs and the University Union are sadly over.

Research Groups

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • School for Public Health Research, £180,000

School of Education

  • NHS & Durham University: Spread and Embed: Investigating the adoption, transmission and evolution of healthcare processes

Research Interests

  • European health policy
  • Health care reform, UK and internationally
  • Public health management
  • UK health policy and management

Selected Publications

Articles: magazine

  • Hunter, D.J. & Goodwin, N. (2014). Context is everything in health leadership. Health service journal Feb: 16-17.
  • Hunter, DJ (2014). The Public Health Shift Is Not Simple. Health service journal 124(6410): 16.
  • Hunter, DJ (2013). To Market! To Market!.
  • Hunter, D.J. (2009). Be bold with the NHS - be inspired by Cuba. Public Servant 10-11.

Book chapters: online

Books: authored

Books: edited

  • Hunter, David J (2008). Perspectives on Joint Director of Public Health Appointments. london: Improvement and Development Foundation.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Managing for Health. Routledge Health Management. Oxon: Routledge.
  • Griffiths, S & Hunter, David J (2007). New Perspectives in Public Health. Oxford: Radcliffe.
  • Hunter, D, Berg M, Jioks,am R & Ovretveit J (2005). Health Management Series. Routledge Business.

Books: reviews

Books: sections

  • Dooris, M & Hunter, David J (2007). Organisations and settings for promoting public health. In Policy and practice in promoting public health. Lloyd, C E, Handsley, S, Douglas, J, Earle, S & Spurr, S London: Sage Publications in association with The Open University. 95-125.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Public Health Policy. In Public Health for the 21st Century: New Perspectives on Policy, Participation and Practice. Orme, Judy, Powell, Jane, Taylor, Pat & Grey, Melanie Maidenhead: Open University Press. 24-41.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Public health: historical context and current agenda. In Public Health: social context and action. Scriven, A & Garman, S Maidenhead: Open University Press. 8-19.
  • Hunter, David J (2007). Values and Health Policy in the European Union. In Devolving Policy, Diverging Values? The Values of the United Kingdom's National Health Services. Greer, Scott L & Rowland, David London: The Nuffield Trust. 69-85.
  • Hunter, David J (2006). Efficiency. In Constructive Conversations about Health: Policy and Values. Marinker, M Oxford: Radcliffe.
  • Hunter, David J, Shishkin, S & Taroni, F (2005). Steering the purchaser, stewardship and government. In Purchasing to Improve Health Systems Performance. Figeuras, Josep, Robinson, Ray & Jakubowski, Elke Cambridge: Open University Press. 164-181.
  • P. Degeling, R. Iedema, M. Winters, S. Maxwell, B. Coyle, J. Kennedy & D.J. Hunter (2003). Leadership in the Context of Health Reform: An Australian Case Study. In Leading Health Care Organizations. Sue Dopson & A. L Mark Palgrave Macmillan. 113-133.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). Public Health Policy. In Public Health for the 21st Century: New perspectives on policy, participation and practice. Orme, J., Powell, J, Taylor, P, Harrison, T & Grey, M Maidenhead: Open University Press. 15-41.

Departmental working papers

Edited works: contributions

Essays in edited volumes

  • Wood,C, Hunter, DJ, Jeffreys, B, Britnell, M, Abrahams, D, Bambra, C, Wind-Cowie, M & Hudson, R (2013). Health in Austerity. In Demos.

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: online

Journal papers: professional

  • Hunter, David J (2008). Viewpoints: Health needs more than health care: the need for a new paradigm. The European Journal of Public Health 18(3): 217-220.
  • Hunter, David J & Brown, J (2007). A review of health management research. European Journal of Public Health 17(supplement 1): 33-37.
  • Hunter, David J & Marks, Linda (2005). Speak Out. Health Service Journal 23: 23.
  • Hunter, David J & Goodwin, N. (2004). On public health. Health Service Journal 114: 17.
  • Hunter, David J & Goodwin, N (2004). Public Health - coming of age? Public Health News (24 May): 8-9.
  • Hunter, David J (2004). Public Health Policy: The Issues, The Future. IFMH Inform 15(3): 1-3.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). A different angle. Health Service Journal 113: 16-17.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). Foundation hospital: back to the future. Spectrum 3: 4-5.
  • Hunter, David J (2003). Inequality street. Health Service Journal 113: 16-17.

Monographs

Other publications: research

Reports: official

Reports: technical

  • Hunter, David J (2007). Learning from Healthy Living Centres: The Changing Policy Context. Big Lottery Fund.

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