Prof. Mike Jones has worked successfully in health care development projects in practice, in consulting, in academic and in training/learning settings. In terms of consulting and training, he has worked in organisational and management development projects with over 60 health service provider organisations, 30 health care commissioning organisations and at least 30 other organisations in the field of health care provision and planning.
Over his career spanning 30+ years he has worked in both developed and developing countries at central Ministry and Regional settings, and with community services and local health service providers. He has occupied leadership positions for over 20 of those years in project management, programme management and general management roles. Amongst the donor environments in which he has worked are IDB, ADB, WB, EU, DfID, GTZ, the Dutch Ministry for International Development, AKDF, WAG, GFATM. He is thus familiar with the health care challenges posed by shifting political, demographic and epidemiological profiles and he can bring a wide range of techniques to help policy level health-focused institutions meet these challenges.
Geographical settings have included the Balkans, South East Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, Central Americas and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South East Europe, the Caucasus, and throughout the EU.
In health management professional practice he operated in general management roles in community, hospital and tertiary settings and was also responsible for developing health policy, health needs assessment, planning and commissioning of community, acute and tertiary services for large urban and rural populations.
In consulting settings, he has worked extensively in developing solutions to prevailing health policy and reform challenges including sector reviews service development, policy and planning development and capacity development. He has often taken the outcome of these assignments and supplemented their implementation through programmes of organisation and capacity development. In almost all cases, the assignments were triggered by the reform agendas responding to economic, political, post-conflict or epidemiologically indicated challenges. He has a particular focus on the implementation of reform through ensuring that change management processes are reliable, robust and rigorous. He has worked in challenging environments which are conflict affected, or which are beset by both communicable and non-communicable disease epidemics, and has functioned effectively in diverse religious and ethnic environments.
In the capacity development setting, he is a visiting Professor in Health Organisation at a major Business School, teaching and researching health management topics and supervising research at a post-graduate level. He has also developed accredited learning programmes for clinical leaders in many health settings, and short course learning in many settings, but particularly for health leaders. He has been programme Director or Module Leader of a number of post-Graduate health learning programmes in University contexts (Riyadh, Damascus, Belgrade, Glamorgan, Vaxjo, Middlesex).
His academic background, in-service training and development and professional qualifications enable technical approaches which conform to best health management practice, providing a repertoire of skills central to good health management practice. Particularly, planning is a strong suit.
His academic history includes visiting Professor at Middlesex University Business School (9 years); Programme Director, Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management and Leader for Strategic Management, Masters in Health Management (University of Glamorgan, 5 years); Acting Director, Centre for Strategic Health Service Studies, Damascus (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine); Module Leader for Planning (MSc Health Management, Riyadh). In addition he has held academic roles at the University Of Wales College Of Medicine, and the University of Bristol, and has had academic responsibilities at Vaxjo in Sweden, NIH in Armenia and in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade.