Martin Bardsley

Senior Fellow

Data analytics team


Martin joined the Health Foundation in January 2018 part time as a Senior Fellow in Data Analytics (formerly working on secondment from January 2016).

Martin has many years of experience as a health services researcher and analyst.  His work has been mainly focussed on projects that seek to apply innovative approaches to the use of information to support decision making in health care.  He has been working part-time at THF since January 2016, leading work on analytical capability. Prior to that, he spent over 7 years as Director of Research at The Nuffield Trust where he led a series of innovative projects on data linkage, predictive modelling, assessing the quality of care and the evaluation of new models of care.

He had previously worked as an Assistant Director at the Commission for Health Improvement and at the Healthcare Commission where he led the development and implementation of innovative approaches to risk based regulation.  Prior to that, he led a pan London public health intelligence programme looking at the factors shaping health in the capital.  His early research interests also included studies on outcome measurement and case mix classification. 

Interests and memberships

  • Member Society for Social Medicine, Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts and until last year a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.
  • Also works as an independent consultant in health service research and analysis
  • Keen bass guitar and double bass player available for parties. weddings bar mitzvahs etc.

Recent publications

  • S. G. Parker, A. McLeod, P. McCue, K. Phelps, M. Bardsley, H. C. Roberts, S. P. Conroy; New horizons in comprehensive geriatric assessment. Age Ageing 2017 1-9. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afx104
  • Bardsley M.  Understanding Analytical Capability in Health Care.  The Health Foundation. 2016
  • Bardsley M Learning how to make routinely available data useful in guiding regulatory oversight of hospital care BMJ Qual Saf 2017;26:90-92.
  • C Currie, A Davies, C Ariti, M Bardsley. The impact of alcohol care teams on emergency secondary care use following a diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease-a national cohort study BMC Public Health 16 (1), 685
  • Bardsley M. Retrospective analysis of end of life care using large data sets. Chapter in Care at the End of Life. An Economic Perspective Editors: Round, Jeff (Ed.) Springer 2016.

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