Chris Ham

Chief Executive

Chris leads the Fund’s work. He rejoined the Fund in 2010, having previously worked here between 1986 and 1992. He has held posts at the universities of Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds and is currently emeritus professor at the University of Birmingham. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and The Royal College of General Practitioners.

Chris was director of the strategy unit in the Department of Health between 2000 and 2004, has advised the WHO and the World Bank, and has acted as a consultant to a number of governments. He has been a non-executive director of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, and a governor of the Health Foundation and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

Chris researches and writes on all aspects of health reform and is a sought-after speaker. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for his services to the NHS and an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent in 2012.

Selected work

Staff have become shock absorbers in a system lacking resources to meet rising demands
28 Nov 2016 | Article
How are they being developed in practice?
14 Nov 2016 | Publication
14 Jun 2016 | Blog
Lecture given by Chris Ham to the Cambridge Whitehall Group on 9 December 2015
7 Apr 2016 | Article
An agenda for action
7 Apr 2016 | Article
11 Mar 2016 | Blog
A strategy for action
23 Feb 2016 | Publication
A perspective from Victoria, Australia
18 Nov 2015 | Article
A way forward for the NHS in England
12 Nov 2015 | Publication
A review for the Department of Health
12 Oct 2015 | Article
Strategies for local integration
8 Jul 2015 | Article
Investment and reform should be at the heart of the new government’s programme
12 May 2015 | Article
Going beyond integrated care
23 Feb 2015 | Publication
Aligning policies with the plan
18 Feb 2015 | Publication
10 Feb 2015 | Article
10 Feb 2015 | Article
Part one: NHS reform
6 Feb 2015 | Publication
8 Jan 2015 | Article
Perspectives for the Dalton review
1 Jul 2014 | Publication
11 Jun 2014 | Article
Beyond hierarchy, inspection and markets
11 Jun 2014 | Publication
Beyond hierarchy, inspection and markets
11 Jun 2014 | Publication
Testing, evaluating and learning what works
27 Mar 2014 | Publication
20 Feb 2014 | Article
Making the case for family care networks
19 Feb 2014 | Publication
A case study in Canterbury, New Zealand
12 Sep 2013 | Publication
Lessons for England
16 Jul 2013 | Publication
Time for a radical response
26 Jun 2013 | Publication
Lessons from experience
21 Mar 2013 | Publication
11 Mar 2013 | Article
2 Jan 2013 | Article
A mid-term assessment
28 Nov 2012 | Publication
The case for fundamental change
6 Sep 2012 | Publication
The case for fundamental change
6 Sep 2012 | Publication
6 Sep 2012 | Article
24 May 2012 | Blog
26 Apr 2012 | Multimedia
26 Apr 2012 | Multimedia
26 Apr 2012 | Multimedia
A report to the Department of Health and the NHS Future Forum
5 Jan 2012 | Publication
21 Dec 2011 | Article
Who will take the lead?
13 Dec 2011 | Publication
12 Jul 2011 | Multimedia
15 Feb 2011 | Article
The route to improved outcomes
22 Nov 2010 | Publication
This is the wrong time for radical reform of the NHS. It risks poorer care and financial chaos
7 Oct 2010 | Article
7 Oct 2010 | Multimedia
8 Sep 2010 | Multimedia
More with the same not more of the same
21 Jul 2010 | Publication
Priority Setting in the NHS
1 Sep 2000 | Publication