Dr David Evans

Lecturer in Healthcare Sciences (Improvement and Innovation)


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.

In his current role, David has worked with Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) to deliver an innovative Improvement Programme for Dental Practitioners.  More recently David is working with partners to develop care pathways for Dentistry across Wales.  David has also supported Housing Associations in England and Wales,  Health Board (Wales), Health Trusts (England), and Local Authority departments (including planning, housing, and community development).

David brings together academic and practical experience of delivering change in healthcare



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. 

David's research focus is informed by Critical Healthcare Management Studies.  His work seeks to call into question the self-evident truths and conventional views on leadership and healthcare improvement uncovering the unconscious and unnoticed consequences of taken-for-granted practices.


Evans, D. (2022) So close to love: compassionate leadership in healthcare. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 28:4.

Teaching and Supervision

Pathway director Doctorate in Healthcare (Implementation)

Pathway director MSc Leading Quality Improvement

Module lead:

NHS 4380 Leadership in Context

NHS 4226 Work Based Learning

NHS 3157 Health Leadership

NHS 4250 Research Methods

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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