Steve Beales is a Policy Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London.
The Centre for Health Policy promotes innovative evidence-based policies among decision-makers worldwide, and undertakes a broad range of work from original academic research to developing practical applied solutions for health challenges for policymakers. The Director of the Centre for Health Policy is Professor the Lord Ara Darzi.
Steve was integral in establishing the Global Health Policy Summit, now the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an international meeting of health leaders and reformers that seeks to push forward policy development in some of the most pressing areas in healthcare. He also had a key role in content development and was the Forum Fellow for the development of policy reports on ‘ageing societies’ and ‘accountable care’. These policy reports were developed with a working group of senior subject experts drawn from around the world.
Steve has written on a variety of topics, such as the need for more integrated, accountable care and how ageing populations are changing the way the health service operates. He has also published research in areas such as controlling the cost of specialist care; how twitter can be used to track reactions to political reform programmes; the impact of PCTs rationing common surgical procedures.
Steve lectures on the Ageing module of Imperial College’s Masters degree in Health Policy and has also mentored MSc students.
While working at Imperial, Steve has worked part-time on a PhD in Health Policy, looking at how better primary care can reduce the number of emergency admissions into secondary care. Specifically, this work has addressed whether interventions exist that can help reduce hospital admissions and whether the rate of admissions could be used as a performance metric for GP Practices.