Stephanie’s background as a chartered physiotherapist and clinical leader has proved invaluable as programme director for the MSc Health Care Management. She has many years of UK and international experience including work in Singapore and Malawi. Following ten years working in health in Wales, Stephanie completed a three year PhD scholarship with PoWIS (Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship) and the Rural Health Implementation Group at Welsh Government exploring the Adoption of Innovation in health and social care.

Stephanie’s teaching includes modules on the MSc Health Care Management, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion and the NHS Wales graduate MSc programme. She is also involved with several clinical and non-clinical undergraduate programmes. She is particularly interested in innovative assessment approaches.

Her research interests span topics such as the roles of AHPS and public health (such as non-communicable diseases in particular the role of physical activity) to innovating in health and social care. Her active research activities include work with the Improvement Science Research Group and several different projects on leadership, integration, professional identity and innovation.


  1. Percival, A. & Best, S. Does leadership development alter the perspectives of NHS managers?. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 25(2), 85-91.
  2. Taylor, N., Best, S., Martyn, M., Long, J., North, K., Braithwaite, J., & Gaff, C. A transformative translational change programme to introduce genomics into healthcare: a complexity and implementation science study protocol. BMJ Open, 9(3), e024681
  3. Best, S. & Williams, S. Integrated care: mobilising professional identity. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 32(5), 726-740.
  4. Williams, S. & Best, S. Professional Identity: Friend or Foe to Integrated Care. In Creative DisruptionANZAM.
  5. Stark, Z., Lunke, S., Brett, G., Tan, N., Stapleton, R., Kumble, S., Yeung, A., Phelan, D., Chong, B., Fanjul-Fernandez, M., Marum, J., Hunter, M., Jarmolowicz, A., Prawer, Y., Riseley, J., Regan, M., Elliott, J., Martyn, M., Best, S...., & White, S. Meeting the challenges of implementing rapid genomic testing in acute pediatric care. GENETICS in MEDICINE

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  • Context and Competencies: Assessment of Senior Managers in the Saudi Arabian Healthcare sector. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea
  • The Impact of Organisational Socialisation on Employee Performance and Retention at the Emergency Departments of Omani Hospitals. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Sharon Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr David Rea

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Professional Identity research receives international recognition

New research focusing on professional identity in integrated teams by Dr Stephanie Best and Dr Sharon Williams from the College of Human and Health Sciences received the best paper award at the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) conference.