Dr. Beverley Ellis

Dr. Beverley Ellis

Academic Lead in Health Informatics Principal Lecturer

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB242

+44 (0) 1772 89 2786


Subject Areas: Health Informatics

Beverley is currently working as Principal Lecturer in Health Informatics, School of Sport and Health Sciences, UCLan, overseeing a portfolio of academic, professional, commercial projects and events. The National Audit Office’s report on “Delivering successful IT-enabled business change” highlights the challenges of implementing technology based projects on time and within budget.

Beverley is a member of the Health Research Methodology and Implementation (HeRMI) group.

Full Profile

Beverley commenced employment within the NHS in 1973, accepting an academic post at UCLan in 2002. Her background includes managing one of the first integrated primary health care teams that developed and utilised a unified electronic record. Beverley was also a member of the software development panel of one of the main GP system suppliers and is a Chartered IT Professional (MBCS CITP). She has represented Primary Care on a number of national programmes including NHS Number, National Strategic Tracing Service and Nursing Use of Emerging Technologies. Her interest in health informatics originates from the belief that integrated health and social care teams can provide more effective patient/client care through access to shared and integrated information, supported by technology.

Beverley has supported life-long learning and health informatics development throughout her career and continues to develop professional networks currently as an elected council member of UK Faculty of Health Informatics; Secretary, BCS Health Primary Healthcare Specialist Group, Member of IHM and Assist. She continues to develop web based and face-to-face communities of practice for health informatics learning, research and development.

Beverley was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, having completed PhD studies in 2008 (Governance of quality improvement programmes in two PCTs). A series of publications were published to disseminate the results of her research using a complex adaptive system theoretical framework, which helps to explain the findings. You can read these in the Journal of Informatics in Primary Care. Beverley professionally supports the development of health informatics competencies across the health and social care workforce via delivery of distance learning courses, which link to strategies that include National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Health Informatics Career Framework.

Beverley is currently External Examiner for IHRIM, NCCQ and University of Sunderland.

Read Beverley's recent publication.


Ellis, B., (2013); An overview of complexity theory: understanding primary care as a complex adaptive system, in Martin, C. M., and Sturmberg, J.P., (Eds.) (2013); Handbook on Complexity in Health, Chapter 27, Springer Science and Business. ISBN 978-1-4614-4997-3

Ellis, B., Howard, J., Dedman, D., and Hawking, M., (2012); Perceptions on the Quality of Records Received via GP2GP Electronic Transfer Service: Pilot On-Line Questionnaire Study, Journal of Informatics in Primary Care, 19, (3) accepted for publication 140112, Radcliffe Medical Press.

More publications


2008 PhD “Managing governance programmes in primary healthcare: lessons from case studies of the implementation of clinical governance in two Primary Care Trusts” University of Central Lancashire

2004 Chartered IT Professional (MBCS CITP)

2003 PGCert in Higher Education (UCLan)

2002 European Computer Driving Licence (Blackpool College of Higher Education)

2001 Quantitative Research Methodologies (UCLan)

2000 Qualitative Research Methodologies (UCLan)

1998 MA in Health Service Management (UCLan)

Research Interests

Clinical governance; primary care informatics; complex adaptive systems; sociotechnical approach to technology enabled change.

External Activities

Current Appointments

Subject Lead/Principal Lecturer in Health Informatics, School of Sport and Health Sciences, UCLan
External Assessor, NCCQ Examination, IHRIM (Institute of Health Records and Information Management)
External Examiner, University of Sunderland, MSc Health Information Management
Vice-Chair RCGP Patient Access to Records Working Group 7
Deputy to Ian Herbert for the GPES Independent Advisory Group (IAG) (External)
Information about the GPES IAG is available is on the Information Centre’s website at www.ic.nhs.uk/gpes.

External Activities

Professional Affiliations

Elected Board member UK Faculty of Health Informatics
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chartered IT Professional and Member of the British Computer Society
Member of BCS Health Primary Care Specialist Group (Secretary, Member of Executive Board)
Registrant (Level 3 ) United Kingdom Council for Health Informatics (UKCHIP) Professionals
Member of the Institute of Healthcare Managers
Member of ASSIST