Anita Charlesworth CBE, Director of Research and Economics at the Health Foundation, has been appointed as Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences, which is part of the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham.

Anita will be providing specialist expertise to HSMC and the University of Birmingham in areas such as health and social care financing and funding, the economics of health reform, and future scenarios for public services in times of financial austerity. Anita will also lead regular policy and economics briefings for the Midlands' health and care financial and general management community, building on prior workshops she has led with HSMC in Birmingham.

Anita said: 'I’m delighted to be joining the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham as Honorary Chair. The Health Foundation is committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK, and my new role will help bring together the skills and expertise of both organisations to help achieve this aim. I am particularly looking forward to contributing to Birmingham's excellent teaching programme and look forward to working with the team at HSMC.'

Commenting on Anita’s appointment, Professor Judith Smith, Director of HSMC, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Anita to the HSMC team, strengthening the excellent working relationship that we already have with our colleagues at the Health Foundation.

'As well as all the expertise and experience that Anita brings to HSMC, we are excited by the opportunities for our Birmingham team to work more closely with the researchers and analysts based at the Health Foundation, and to share in work to ensure that evidence-based insights from our research can be communicated effectively to policy makers in London and elsewhere.’