Hannah Kendrick

Graduate Teaching Assistant
EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Health and Social Care
 Hannah Kendrick



Hannah is a PhD student in Health and Organisational Research, working across the School of Health and Social Care and Essex Business School, within the University of Essex. Before beginning her PhD she worked as a Policy and Programme Officer for an employment and skills charity, and as a Research Project Manager within the Health Management Group at Manchester Business School. During her time at Manchester Business School, she worked on an NIHR funded project investigating board leadership changes 5 years on from the Francis Inquiry. Her PhD project aims to conduct an evaluation of a community based integrated care service by exploring three interrelating empirical levels. Firstly, it will examine the way the roles of community nurses and therapists are being reconstructed within integrated care teams through the move to a more 'generic' workforce and changes to the clinician-patient relationship. The study will then investigate the way in which these nurses and therapists negotiate their professional boundaries and identities within co-located integrated care offices, and the extent to which attempts to integrate community services with social care, mental health, and primary care can overcome structural barriers. Methodologically, this study will build on the realist evaluation approach to account for both the constructed nature of theories of change and the normative discourses embedded within that can have a real impact on actors within the service. Critical engagement within the evaluation of social programmes and health service change can be achieved through the integration of argumentation with empirical findings, and an understanding of the wider structural and discursive impacts that health service change can bring. Publications Chambers, Naomi, Ruth Thorlby, Alan Boyd, Judith Smith, Nathan Proudlove, Hannah Kendrick, Russell Mannion (2017), Responses to Francis: changes in board leadership and governance in acute hospitals in England since 2013, Final Report: Department of Health: Policy Research Programme. Chambers, Naomi, Alan Boyd, Hannah Kendrick, Nathan Proudlove, Ruth Thorlby, Judith Smith, Russell Mannion (2016), Board leadership in the wake of Francis: challenges, changes and achievements, Health Service Journal, 10 June 2016. Conference Presentations Integrated Care: Reconstructing the Health Professional in an Age of Austerity, Working in Healthcare Conference, Edinburgh Napier University (May 2018) Incorporating Discourse Analysis into Realist Evaluation, SHHS Staff-Student Research Conference, University of Essex (June 2017)


  • Public Policy MA King's College London (2012)

  • Politics and International Relations BSocSci University of Manchester (2010)

Research and professional activities


A critical realist evaluation of a community based integrated care model

Research interests

Critical Realism

Realist Evaluation

Integrated Care

Multidisciplinary teamwork in health

Sociology of Professions

Organisational Behaviour



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