Assistant Director for Research
Usha joined the Foundation as Senior Research Manager for Improving Service Delivery in 2017. As Assistant Director for Research, she now leads on the development and delivery of our major externally funded research programmes and evaluations.
Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Usha was at the Institute of Public Care where she led a range of programmes analysing, evaluating and supporting the implementation of policy into practice on behalf of the Department of Health, Department of Education, and the Welsh Government. During her time there, she also led on a range of improvement programmes at the health and social care interface, particularly focusing on care pathways for older people, mental health and learning disabilities. Usha has also worked for the Science and Technology Research Council, and for an independent research and evaluation consultancy.
Usha has a PhD in Neuropharmacology from the Welsh School of Pharmacy and is a qualified coach (accredited at a Senior Practitioner level, EMCC). She has also been a professional mentor for the Motor Neurone Disease Association on their carer’s guidance, and produced a range of publications on commissioning and integrating health and social care. Usha currently sits on the Council for the UK Evaluation Society.
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