Dr Jennifer Dixon
Director of The Nuffield Trust, London
Jennifer Dixon has researched and written widely on health care reform in the UK and internationally. She trained originally in medicine, practising mainly paediatric medicine, before a career in policy analysis. She has a Masters in public health and a Ph.D. in health services research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Until January 2008 she was director of policy at the King’s Fund, London.
She was a Harkness Fellow in New York in 1990 studying the obstacles to comprehensive health reform in the U.S., and was the policy advisor to the Chief Executive of the National Health Service between 1998 and 2000. She is currently a board member of the Audit Commission, and until recently on the Board of the Healthcare Commission. She is visiting professor at both LSE and at Imperial College.
Recent specific research interests have been in developing risk stratification and risk adjustment techniques for application in the NHS, in particular in resource allocation and identifying high risk patients for case management. She helped to design the evaluation of the DH funded ‘whole system demonstrator’ project, which is a large complex randomised controlled trial, and is leading a key theme – the impact of telecare and telehealth on service use and costs. In 2009 Jennifer was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.