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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

Head of the Commission on Health and Prosperity

Chris is a Principal Research Fellow in the Work and Welfare State team, and heads IPPR's flagship Commission on Health and Prosperity.

Chris is interested in progressive solutions to the challenges faced by our health and care system. He regularly comments on health policy in the media, and has by-lines in The IndependentHealth Service Journal, The Times and Tribune, amongst others - his articles can be found here. He has also appeared on range of broadcast, including primetime shows on the BBC, Times TV, 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 a Masters in International Policy from UCL. Outside of IPPR, Chris writes widely on public health and its interaction with the economy. He is author of the Five Health Frontiers (Pluto Press, 2021), has advised and written for the World Economic Forum, and has published in a range of peer reviewed journals.

He has expertise in:

  • Healthcare funding, workforce and reform
  • Health inequality and public health
  • The impact of Covid-19
  • The interaction of health and economy
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Parth Patel

Senior Research Fellow

Parth leads IPPR’s work on democracy and politics. 

He also works on public health and inequality. Parth’s research includes studying the sway of underpowered communities over the course of public policy, the contours of social democracy in the 21st century and policies to reduce health inequality. 

His research has generated front-page headlines and is often cited in parliamentary debates and committees. Parth is a regular commentator on TV and radio, appearing on BBC News, ITV NewsChannel 4 News, Sky News and LBC, and writes for several periodicals, including the New StatesmanProspect and the British Medical Journal

Parth is also a doctor in the NHS and was working full-time in an Accident and Emergency department during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. He also is a clinical fellow at University College London where he tries to make sense of complex data to better understand race and class inequalities during the pandemic. Parth holds degrees in Natural Sciences and Medicine from the University of Cambridge.

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Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

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.