Professor Jon Glasby

Sustainable Care Senior Team, Co-Lead for Care Systems

Jon is a qualified social worker by background and Head of the School of Social Policy. Specialising in joint work between health and social care, Jon is involved in regular policy analysis and advice.

He is the author of a series of leading textbooks on health and social services, sits on the advisory board of The Policy Press, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care.

From 2008 to 2015, he was Director of the University’s Health Services Management Centre (HSMC). He is currently a Non-Executive Director (NED) of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, has previously served as a NED at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (2010-2015) and, from 2003 to 2009, was the Secretary of State’s representative on the board of the UK Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Jon is also a Fellow of the RSA, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research and Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia.

Jon specialises in research, teaching, consultancy and policy advice around

  • partnership working in health and social care

  • strategic commissioning

  • personalisation

  • Community Care services for older people

In 2010, Jon led work for Downing Street and the Department of Health modelling the future costs of adult social care under different reform scenarios – and this work is to be repeated, updated and extended as part of the sustainable care project.

The University of Birmingham is also leading work comparing care systems across the four countries of the UK.

For the Sustainable Care programme, Jon is joint lead for Care Systems (comparing UK care systems; modelling care system costs and contributions; achieving sustainability in care systems; and migrant care workers in the UK).

Research and publications

Glasby, J., Zhang, Y., Bennett, M., and Hall, P. (2020). A lost decade? A renewed case for adult social care reform in England. Journal of Social Policy, 1-32. doi:10.1017/S0047279420000288

Thwaites, R., Glasby, J., Le Mesurier, N., and Littlechild, R. (2019) Interviewing older people about their experiences of emergency hospital admission: methodology in health services research. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, Vol 24, 2. pp.124-129. doi:10.1177/1355819618801696

Glasby, J., Littlechild, R. Le Mesurier, N. and Thwaites, R. (2019) Who knows best? Older people’s and practitioner contributions to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions, Health Economics, Policy and Law. 1-22. doi:10.1017/S1744133118000518

Glasby, J. (2019) The Short Guide to Health and Social Care, Policy Press

Seamark, D., Davidson, D., Ellis-Paine, A., Glasby, J., and Tucker, H. (2019) Factors affecting the changing role of GP clinicians in community hospitals: a qualitative interview study in England. British Journal of General Practice.

Lynch, J., Glasby, J. and Robinson, S. (2018) If telecare is the answer, what was the question? Storylines, tensions and the unintended consequences of technology-supported care, Critical Social Policy

Glasby, J. (2018) Health and social care: what’s in a name?, British Medical Journal, 360: k201

Glasby, J., Allen, K. and Robinson, S. (2018) ‘A game of two halves?’ Understanding the process and outcomes of English care home closures: quantitative and qualitative perspectives, Social Policy and Administration, doi:10.1111/spol.12412

Thwaites, R., Glasby, J., Le Mesurier, N. and Littlechild, R. (2018) Interviewing older people about their experiences of emergency hospital admission: methodology in health services research, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, doi:10.1177/1355819618801696

Glasby, J., Needham, C., Allen, K., Hall, K. and McKay, S. (2018) The Goldilocks question: what size is ‘just right’ for social care providers?, International Journal of Care and Caring, 2(1), 65-87

Glasby, J. and Thomas, S. (2018) Understanding and responding to the needs of the carers of people with dementia in the UK, the US and beyond. Birmingham, School of Social Policy/Walgreens Boots Alliance

Lassetter, S., Tighe, K. and Glasby, J. (2017) What we learned about social work in England by visiting America, Community Care, 15th September

Glasby, J. (2017) The holy grail of health and social care integration, British Medical Journal, 356: j801. doi:10.1136/bmj.j801

Glasby, J. (2017) Admission impossible? Understanding and reducing the emergency admissions of older people, National Institute for Health Research blog, 5th July

Glasby, J. (2017) Older people don’t choose to take up hospital beds, The Conversation, 6 February

Glasby, J. (2017) Understanding health and social care (3rd ed.). Bristol, Policy Press

Exworthy, M., Powell, M. and Glasby, J. (2017) The governance of integrated health and social care in England since 2010: great expectations not met once again?, Health Policy,