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Professor Mike English

Professor Mike English

Principal Investigator

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Mike, a UK-trained paediatrician and a Professor of International Child Health, worked in Kenya for over 20 years supported by a series of Wellcome fellowships. He started the CIN in 2013 and has helped mentor many researchers linked to the CIN and more widely in Kenya. His work often takes Child and Newborn Health as a focus but increasingly tackles health services or wider health systems issues. Working as part of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) he collaborates with the Ministry of Health and a wide set of Kenyan and international collaborators. Beyond work on improving the quality of care in Kenyan Hospitals Mike’s work explores how CIN itself is a form of system intervention. Methods used span clinical epidemiology (including developing national, evidence-based guidelines for the care of severely ill children and newborns), clinical trials and observational studies; implementation research (including cluster randomised trials and mixed methods research), and health systems research (qualitative studies of health worker and managers’ behaviour and rethinking the health workforce). He established the Health Systems Collaborative in Oxford which undertakes collaborative research with Kenya. One major project currently examines the implementation of neonatal technologies and how success of this process may be influenced deficits in numbers or skill-mix in the local health workforce (the NIHR funded Harnessing Innovation in Global Health for Quality Care (HIGH-Q) programme). Mike frequently provides advice to the Kenyan government and WHO on a range of issues related to child and newborn survival and health systems performance and was a member of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era