Dr David Evans

Lecturer in Healthcare Sciences (Improvement and Innovation), Additional Duties


David has 15 years experience working in senior leadership roles within the UK National Health Service.  This includes roles within Acute and Community settings.  David has also worked in the Middle East where he developed and delivered large scale health transformation projects.

Currently, David is working as a Researcher in Residence alongside a third sector organisation and Primary Care Practice.  The aim of this role is to broker knowledge and skills between frontline services and the University.

David is responsible for the development of the School of Health Sciences' Health and Care Improvement Social Enterprise. The aim is to bring the best health and care improvement research findings to communities that need it, in a way they want it, and with impact.  Meaning, David works alongside academics to identify who their work could translate to, and provide real tangible benefits to organisations working across health and socal care.

David has worked with Housing Associations in England and Wales, as well as Health Board (Wales) and Health Trusts (England), and Local Authory departments (including planning, housing, and community development).




I have an interest in storytelling within and around organisations. My research particularly focuses on storytelling within healthcare organisations and includes sense making, narrative and change. I use storytelling to understand actions and decisions within Healthcare, as well as to develop theoretical explanations for the intended and unintended consequences of storytelling. One example of this is a detailed analysis of the events surrounding a public inquiry into failing within in a UK NHS Hospital. 

The opportunities from this research include building approaches to deliver community development and service improvements in health and social care; as well as supporting leadership development for those operating within and across an ever more complex network of actors and organisation

Teaching and Supervision

Joint pathway lead Doctorate in Healthcare (Implementation)

Pathway director MSc Leading Quality Improvement

NHS 4380 Leadership in Context

NHS 4226 Work Based Learning

NHS 3157 Health Leadership

NHS 4379 Approaches in Health Quality

MSc Dissertation supervision

PhD supervision



Other activities include:

Member of the Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA): European Working Group for Ageing Well

European Health Enhancing Physical Activity Conference in Croatia; Presentation: When the Welsh Dragon Roars: the passion of Parc Eirias and Leisure Services (2017)

1st International Social Prescribing Conference, UK; Poster Presentation: Social Prescribing as a Hegemonic Boundary Object with a happy ending? (2018)

Acute Medicine Symposium (All Wales); Presentation: Social Prescribing – Laying off the drugs. (2018)

HFMA North West Branch Annual Conference: Presentation: Unlocking support and expertise from Higher Education to solve wicked problems across Health and Social Care (2018)

Researcher-in-Residence Brokering practical experience and research expertise: A working example from Health Prestatyn Iach (Report commissioned by Public Health Wales). Co-authored Dr Wilson, Prof Callow, Prof Burton and Dr Evans (2018) 

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2014 - PhD , Drinking water from flower vases: a story of crisis in the NHS
  • 1998 - MA , Social Theory of Organisations
  • 1996 - BA , Business Studies
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