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Martin Connor

(United Kingdom) Senior Policy Advisor and Head of Special Delivery Unit Department of Health Republic of Ireland

Harkness Project Title: What Elements of Integrated Systems Make Them Effective and How Might They Be Spread?

Placement: Stanford University

Mentors: Alan Garber, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Stanford University
Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy & Management, and Dean, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Martin Connor, Ph.D., a 2010-11 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is programme director of Trafford Care Organisation, seconded from his executive director role at Trafford PCT. His research interests include strategic health management, integrated health care, and accountable health care. Past positions include special policy advisor, PHSSPSNI; associate director (health reform) for Greater Manchester Strategic health Authority; and modernization manager, Manchester Health Authority. Connor holds a Ph.D. from Durham University.


Project: Connor examined efficiency and effectiveness within integrated health care systems, and the potential benefits and challenges of wider adoption of integrated care principles in the U.S. and U.K.  In particular, his study focused on three dimensions of integrated systems and their interaction: the existence and operation of a physician compact, the development of primary care, and the use of health information systems.  He conducted site visits at three leading integrated care systems – Kaiser Permanente, Intermountain Healthcare and the Marshfield Clinic.  At each site, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with physician leaders, primary care practitioners, and health information system managers and leaders. 

Career Activity Since Fellowship


  • Senior Policy Advisor to Health Minister and Head, Special Delivery Unit, Department of Health, Republic of Ireland, 2011

Current Position: Executive Director, Centre for Health Innovation at Griffith University, Australia. (Updated 7/2014)

Email: [email protected] 

Selected Publications:


Light DW, Connor M. “Reflections on commissioning and the English coalition government NHS reforms.” Social Science & Medicine 2011: 821-822.

Connor M. “Local innovation can't be driven from the top down.” BMJ. 2011 Sep 21;343:d5719.