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Nick Fahy


Senior Researcher

I am a researcher and consultant in health policy and systems, looking at how health systems work; what we can learn by comparing health systems across countries; and how to bring about constructive change in health systems. 

My background is in international health policy, including over a decade in the European Commission, most recently as head of unit for health information – a short title for a unit which covered a lot of topics, including generating and mobilising information, data and knowledge for European health policy; leading European policy on major, rare and non-communicable diseases; and some other issues such as e-health.  My time in the Commission included leading the development of major European initiatives such as the directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, the multi-stakeholder European Partnership for Action Against Cancer, and representing the European Union in international forums such as the World Health Assembly and the OECD Health Committee.

My experience in policy led me to focus on the question of how we can get knowledge into policy and practice in health systems. Despite extensive efforts to generate evidence for better healthcare, gaps in using it in policy and practice remain both significant and stubbornly persistent. Through retraining in psychology and my doctorate in evidence-based health care at the University of Oxford I aim to better understand why this is, using psychological theories to explore how clinicians think and act, and drawing on my professional experience to explore how to get evidence into policy.

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