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Dr Angela Bate is a Health Economist and Health Services Researcher with a national and international reputation in the development and application of health economic methods in complex (public health) evaluations. Before joining Northumbria University in 2017, Angela worked at Newcastle University for fourteen years as a Senior Research Fellow and member of the NIHR NENC Research Design Service (RDS). It was also whilst at Newcastle that Angela completed her PhD entitled "Managing Scarcity: understanding and developing healthcare commissioning", which utilised quantitative and qualitative research to interrogate approaches to primary care commissioning. Prior to this, Angela previously worked at York University (Centre for Health Economics), Aberdeen University (Health Economics Research Unit), and freelance for The Department of International Development (DfID), The British Council, and Save the Children UK. Angela is actively involved in regional, national and international research organisations including as an Associate member of Fuse (the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health) and member of the Complex Systems research group; the National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research; and the Social Value International Academic Research Group.

Research interests

Angela's research interests are around the use of health economics in public health evaluation and commissioning. Angela has published widely in this area as well as leading and contributing to a number of national funded research council, Department of Health, and NIHR research grants. Angela’s recent funding successes represent innovative developments in health economic methodological research in ‘realist economic evaluation’, working in collaboration with realist methodologists to conduct initial research to study the feasibility of developing realist economic evaluation methods within a range of applied complex evaluations (including Parkinson’s UK, National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA), Foundation of Light, and Marie Curie). This research represents a growing area of methodological development and expertise in both health economics and realist evaluation, appeals to policy makers, and is gaining traction with research funders. Furthermore, Angela’s research in the area of public health evaluation seeks to integrate and study the application of boarder social measures of benefits and outcomes such as Social Return on Investments (SROI) and Social Network Analysis.  Currently funded research:

Rapid Response Services in End of Life Care: What Works for Whom and in Which Circumstances? (Marie Curie. PI: Amanda Clarke and Joanne Atkinson, Northumbria University)

SAFEguarding children in Substance exPosed fAmilies by supporting the non-using CaregivEr: Safe Space. (MRC PHIND. PI: Ruth McGovern, Newcastle University)

A rapid realist and economic evaluation of care in leg ulceration. (The Burdett Trust. PI: Fania Pagnamenta, Northumbria University)

Improving engagement and health and care outcomes for adults with co-existing mental health and substance misuse conditions. (NIHR HTA. PI: Elizabeth Hughes, University of Leeds).

Exploring and understanding the scope and value to the Parkinson’s nurse in the UK – the USP project. (Parkinson’s UK. PI: Annette Hand, Northumbria University).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Health, PhD, Managing Scarcity in the NHS

1 Sept 200530 Sept 2008

Award Date: 30 Sept 2008


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