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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR Better Health and Care Programme

Meet the members of the IPPR Better Health and Care Programme team.

Meet the chair and members of the advisory board here.

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Harry Quilter-Pinner

Director of Research and Engagement

Harry heads up the Institute's research, policy and influencing work in Westminster.  

Prior to this Harry was Associate Director for Work and the Welfare State at IPPR. He co-founded and headed up our flagship Better Health and Care programme and was lead author on the independent cross-party Lord Darzi Review which shaped the NHS Long-Term Plan and recent NHS funding settlement. 

He has also led the organisations work on austerity and public spending, and contributed to research on education, welfare and environmental policy. Harry writes regularly for the GuardianTimes, Independent, Telegraph, i paper, and New Statesman, as well as appearing on radio and tv, including Sky News and BBC News

He was previously Director of Strategy at SCT, a homelessness and addictions charity and has worked at Global Counsel, a consultancy firm, and at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He has a degree in economics from the University of York. 

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Chris Thomas

Senior Research Fellow

Chris' research focuses on progressive solutions to the challenges faced by our health and care system. Chris regularly comments on health policy in the media, and has by-lines in The Independent, Health Service Journal and Tribune, amongst others - his articles can be found here. He has also appeared on range of broadcast, including primetime shows on LBC and TalkRadio. Chris is also an editor of IPPR's journal of politics and ideas: Progressive Review

Prior to joining IPPR, Chris led Macmillan Cancer Support's inequality policy team, and prevention research at Cancer Research UK. He has authored a number of peer review publications and holds a MSc in International Policy from University College London.

He has expertise in:

  • Public health and disease prevention
  • Healthcare funding, workforce and reform
  • Health inequality
  • The impact of Covid-19
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Parth Patel

Research Fellow

Parth’s research in the Work and Welfare State team focusses on reducing health inequalities and improving public services. He is interested in systems thinking in public health.  He also works on democracy and politics at IPPR and is interested in the relationship between democratic representation, electoral politics and policy change. 

Parth is a regular commentator on TV and radio, and has appeared on BBC News, ITV News, Channel 4 News and Sky News. His research has generated front-page headlines and he has written for a range of newspapers and journals, including the New Statesman, ProspectLancet and British Medical Journal

In addition to his role at IPPR, Parth is a clinical research fellow at the UCL Institute of Health Informatics where he tries to make sense of complex data to understand what drives race and class health inequalities. He is part of the research team on Virus Watch, a £3.2 million cohort study of Covid-19 epidemiology.   

Parth previously worked full-time as a junior doctor in the NHS and was working in Accident and Emergency during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. He holds degrees in Natural Sciences and Medicine from the University of Cambridge.

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Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard

Associate Fellow, Work and Welfare State

Dr Pearson-Stuttard, FRSPH, is also a public health physician and epidemiologist at Imperial College London, vice-Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and Head of Health Analytics at Lane, Clark & Peacock. Since completing his medical training at the University of Oxford, he has been awarded multiple competitive clinical-academic research positions from NIHR and the Wellcome Trust. His research has two main streams spanning non-communicable disease epidemiology, using big data and simulation modelling of health, economic, and inequality outcomes to inform public health policy, and investigating the increasing multimorbidity and diversification of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2018, Health 2040–Better Health Within Reach, which made several key recommendations, including the development of a Composite Health Index, which is currently being developed by the Office for National Statistics. Jonathan also regularly comments in the media on a range of research and policy issues.