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Nick Black


Sir Nick Black is a Senior Associate at Kaleidoscope.

Nick Black is Professor of Health Services Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He started his career in NHS hospitals, and then ran a child health programme in Nepal for Save the Children. He then trained in public health, undertaking a doctorate on the reasons for the epidemic of surgery for glue ear in the UK. He wrote a new distance-learning course ‘Health and Disease’ with a biologist, sociologist and economist for the Open University, and worked as a Consultant in Public Health for Oxfordshire Health Authority.

In 1985 he joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he set up the Department of Health Services Research & Policy in 1988, and served as Dean of Faculty from 1998 to 2003.

Nick established the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy with Professor Nicholas Mays, and was the first Chair of the UK Health Services Research Network. He chaired the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries from 2008-16, and has served on several other national and international advisory bodies on quality assessment and improvement, playing a leading role in the adoption of patient reported outcome measures.

Nick was awarded a knighthood for services to healthcare research in 2017.

Nick says of his Kaleidoscope role:

“Increasingly, there is a realisation that change in health and care depends on the wide variety of new ideas that staff and patients or clients have. I’m delighted to help play a part in Kaleidoscope, an enterprise that can provide the space and support for nurturing and encouraging those new possibilities.”

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