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Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Job Title: Professor of Health Care and Policy Research
Phone: +44 (0)20 8725 2339
Location: St.George's Campus
Dr Vari Drennan is professor of health care and policy research, director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research and associate dean for research in the Faculty.
She joined the academic community after working as a senior community health service manager and professional head of community nursing. Her academic background is in sociology and social policy. She was director of the Primary Care Nursing Research Unit at the Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences, University College London 2005-7 before joining Kingston and St George's.
She has undertaken a wide range of research concerned with: health and social care services for older people, particularly those with long term conditions; medicine management in community settings; health service provision for women, particularly those socially excluded; new roles and workforce developments in primary care; and clinical leadership at board level. All of her research activities involve service users. She is particularly interested in the interface between policy and practice in arenas where public service delivery involves multiple agencies.
Vari is a member of the NIHR Health Service & Delivery Research Programme Board, the NIHR Faculty, the editorial board of the Journal of Advanced Nursing and the Centre for Implementation Science in the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London. She is also a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences and a Fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute.She was appointed as a visiting professor at Zhengzhou University, China in 2014.
Vari was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to health service research, development and nursing.
Health and social care for older people, with particular interests in services for people with dementia and their carers outside of hospitals; medicine management issues for older people with complex health and social care problems living at home; and interprofessional working across primary health care and social care.
Health and social care workforce development issues , including retention of staff and changing professional boundaries and the introduction of new roles such as physician associates .
The development of non-medical prescribing.
The interface between health services and the criminal justice system both for victims of crime and offenders.
Long standing interests in public and service user involvement and public health delivery and marginalised groups.
2013-2014: Professor Drennan undertook a review of workforce development issues in District Nursing in South London for the South London Nursing Network, funded by the South West London Academic, Health & Social Care System (http://www.swlondonsystem.org/).
2013-2014: Professor Drennan undertook district nursing review work for the Queens Nursing Institute.
Drennan, Vari and Goodman, Claire, eds.
Oxford handbook of primary care and community nursing.
Oxford : Oxford University Press.
(Oxford Handbooks in Nursing)
Drennan, Vari, ed.
Health Visitors and Groups : Politics and Practice.
London, U.K. : Heinneman.