Professor Vari Drennan

Professor Vari Drennan MBE

School: 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.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD, Sociology of Health & Illness, Kings College London
  • Nurse Prescriber
  • Advanced Certificate in Strategic Health Service Management
  • Certificate in Education (Further and Adult Education)
  • MSc, Sociology of Health and Illness (Distinction)
  • BSc(Hons), Sociology and Social Administration (Upper Second Class)
  • Health Visitor Certificate
  • Registered General Nurse

Research interests

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.

Grants and funding

  • 2015 - 2017
    NIHR Health Service Research & Delivery Programme 2015-2017 £ 483,779.00 Investigating the contribution of physician associates (PAs) to secondary care in England: a mixed methods study Professor vari Drennan (PI) Ms Sally Brearley (King's College London), Professor Simon de Lusignan (University of Surrey), Professor Jonathan Gabe (Royal Holloway, University of London), Professor Heather Gage (University of Surrey), Mr Robert Grant (Kingston University), Dr Mary Halter (St George's, University
  • 2014 - 2017
    NIHR HTA Programme Home-based health promotion for vulnerable older people. Walters K (PI,UCL)Iliffe S, Drennan V, Goodman C, Manthorpe J, Gardner B, Hunter R, Wood J .£ 442,408.00
  • 2014 - 2017
    Collaboration for Applied Leadership in Health Research and Care Evaluation of the Community Education Provider Networks VM Drennan (PI) , Prof. Peter Littlejohn (Kings College London )
  • 2014 - 2015
    Health Education South London. Evidence to support NHS Trusts in South London to Reduce Turnover rates in adult nurses. Professor Vari Drennan , Dr Mary Halter , Robert Grant , Professor Ruth Harris , Dr Stephen Gourlay (Kingston Business School) , Dr Julia Gale . £70,000
  • 2014 - 2015
    NIHR HTA Programme A realist synthesis of faecal incontinence programmes for people with advanced dementia in care homes (FINCH Study). Prof C. Goodman (PI Univ of Herts), Professor Rycroft Malone (Univ. of Bangor) , Prof C Norton (Imperial NHS) , Dr D Harari (Kings College NHS Trust) ,Professor R Harwood ( Univ. Nottingham) , Prof V M Drennan , Dr B Roe (Edge Hill University), Prof M Fader (Univ of Southampton) Dr F Bunn (Univ of Herts) . £165,000
  • 2007 - 2013
    NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research Award. Iliffe S (PI, UCL); Warner J; Goodman C; Manthorpe J; Drennan V; Rait G; Knapp M (2007). Changing practice in dementia care in the community: developing and testing evidence-based interventions, from timely diagnosis to end of life. 2007- 2012. (For further details visit £2 million.
  • 2010 - 2012
    NIHR SDO. V Drennan (PI), M Halter, J Gabe, Heather Gage, S Brearley, S Lusignan. Investigating the contribution of physician assistants to primary care in England. £400,000
  • 2007
    Department of Health: Modernising Nursing Careers Programme. Drennan V (PI); Leyshon S; Davis K (2007). An analysis of the primary care and community nursing workforce. £30,000.
  • 2007
    NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Research Programme. Kendall S (PI Herts); Proctor S; Goodman C; Drennan V; While A; Forbes A. The nursing, midwifery and health visiting contribution to Chronic Disease Management: An integration of the literature. £30,000.
  • 2006
    NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Research Programme. Goodman C (Co-PI) Drennan V (Co-PI); Iliffe S; Manthorpe J; Brearley S; Scott C; Gage H. Evaluating nurse case management with people with long term conditions. £250,000.
  • 2005
    Department of Health: Access to Primary Care Programme. Drennan V (PI); Goodman C; Leyshon S. Investigation into the preparation and support needs of hospital chronic disease nurse specialists undertaking new community matron posts. £30,000.
  • 2005
    NIHR NHS Service Delivery and Organisation. Traynor M (PI); Drennan V; Goodman C; Humphreys C; Fairley-Murray S; Marks A. Scoping nurse, midwives and health visitors' entrepreneurial activity in relation to patient choice. £80,000.


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 (

2013-2014: Professor Drennan undertook district nursing review work for the Queens Nursing Institute.


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Drennan, Vari and Goodman, Claire, eds. (2007) Oxford handbook of primary care and community nursing. Oxford : Oxford University Press. 878p. (Oxford Handbooks in Nursing) ISBN 0198568908

Drennan, Vari, ed. (1988) Health Visitors and Groups : Politics and Practice. London, U.K. : Heinneman. 138p. ISBN 0433000333

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