Published: 06/12/2001, Volume III, No. 5784 Page 10

Dr Kieran Walshe, senior research fellow at Birmingham University's health services management centre, has been appointed as reader in public management and director of research at Manchester University's centre for healthcare management.

His move follows the departure of former centre director Professor Chris Ham in June to head the Department of Health strategy unit. The director's post was advertised last week, as was a new post of economics professor.

Dr Walshe said: 'It is time for me to work somewhere new. This is an opportunity to become a reader and be director of research. '

The Manchester centre has also appointed Dr Ruth Young as fellow in healthcare and public sector management.

One academic told HSJ that the Birmingham and Manchester centres, along with Leeds University's Nuffield Institute for Health, were facing 'uncertainty because of changes in research and development funding'.

Regional office R&D funding was stopped in September, with the money diverted to meet NHS plan targets.