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Dr Liz Breen

Reader in Health Operations

Faculty/Dept/School School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Emaill.breen@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 233460

Biography

Dr Liz Breen is the Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone at the University of Bradford. The facility, which hosted the Phase 3 trials of the Novovax Covid-19 vaccine (2020/21) and Covid-19 vaccine booster trial and houses state-of-the-art health facilities, business incubation space, research and teaching facilities.

Liz is also a Reader in Health Service Operations based in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences having held the previous position of Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Bradford Faculty of Management and Law for 13 years. Prior to this she worked in the University of Manchester Business School as a Lecturer in Operations Management and within the NHS as a Supply Chain Development Manager.

Her research is broadly focused on end-to-end healthcare supply chains with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical supply chain. This covers a multitude of areas including supply chain sustainability, medicines optimisation, digital innovation, patient safety, process analysis and risk management. Liz has more recently undertaken extensive analysis of the UK Covid-19 vaccine supply chain and has commented on this in widespread media coverage. 

Liz is co-lead on the Process Evaluation stream of the ISCOMAT study (National Institute for Health Research programme) focusing on patient safety/medicines transitions and Deputy theme lead for the Safe Use of Medicines theme in the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.  

Liz has co-authored a series of articles focusing on the Covid-19 vaccine supply chain in The Conversation, these have achieved global readership. More recently she was commissioned by The Conversation to create a specialist article on supply chain learning from the Covid-19 pandemic which featured in the PreventionWeb collection with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

She has appeared as a supply chain expert on TV for BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 as well as international coverage with Sky News Australia, Alhurra, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and TRT World. Liz has also contributed to numerous live radio broadcasts in the UK with BBC Newsday, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and Scotland, but further afield with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has contributed to and been cited in articles in The Guardian, BBC News and in international articles from France, Poland, Mexico, Vietnam, Australia, Norway and other countries.

Liz is interested in supervising PhD students with complementary interests in these overarching themes and other sector supply chain studies. She is keen to develop the profile and relevance of Operations and Supply Chain Management in healthcare service supply chains within her research, teaching and business engagement.

Research

Sustainability in service supply chains; healthcare systems; medicines optimization; patient safety;

green logistics; supply chain optimization. 

Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
01-MAR-16 - Work package Co-LeadISCOMAT
01-APR-18 - Workstream Co-leadDeciding to Deprescribe
01-FEB-19 - 30-JUN-19PIPreventing burnout amongst healthcare staff – A case analysis of Yorkshire Ambulance Service
01-NOV-17 - 30-JUL-21PI Phase 4 of studyActMed (ACcess To MEDicines) at end of life

Teaching

Teaching highlights

My teaching strategy and delivery is applied, in that whilst grounded in classical theory/texts, always pulls from current research/industry experience and my own research. I find this approach particularly useful in engaging with business/executive cohorts who expect industrial expertise to support academic acumen. I support my teaching with the inclusion of industry professionals in my lectures. I have taught a range of class sizes, from 400 students to a 1-1 provision and am comfortable with any class size. I have extensive experience of DBA/PhD/MBA/Masters and UG theses and dissertations completions and am very keen to introduce all research activity from these into the teaching environment. 

Teaching interests

I currently teach the following modules: Economics of Healthcare Management and Management of Global Pharmaceutical Supply and support other modules which require healthcare management, supply chain input.  Previous teaching includes:  Operations Management; Service Operations Management; Supply Chain Management (reverse logistics, risk management); Change Management and Research Methods.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-02: Manchester Business School (UMIST) - PhD
  • 01-JAN-98: Manchester Business School (UMIST) - MSc
  • 01-JAN-96: University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland - Pg/Dip
  • 01-JAN-95: University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland - BSc (Hons)
  • University of Bradford School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences - Reader
  • University of Bradford School of Management - Lecturer
  • University of Manchester (UMIST) - Lecturer
  • Supply Chain Development Manager - Supply Chain Development Manager
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), Fellow Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)
  • Institute of Operations Management, Fellow Institute of Operations Management
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • British Academy of Management, Member British Academy of Management
  • 01-JAN-05: - Most Promising Pharmacologistics Project
  • 01-JAN-19: - #NorthInnovationWomen list
  • Associate Editor (SC/OM): European Management Journal:
  • Editorial Board Member: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal :
  • Supply Chain Advisor: Journal of Medicines Optimisation:

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleAdvancing the Understanding of Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Resilience using Complex Adaptive System (CAS) Theory (2021)
AuthorsEmilia Vann Yaroson, Liz Breen, Jiachen Hou, Julie Sowter
JournalSupply Chain Management-An International Journal
DOI10.1108/SCM-05-2019-0184.
 
TitlePatients as qualitative data analysts: Developing a method for a process evaluation of the ‘Improving the Safety and Continuity of Medicines management at care Transitions’ (ISCOMAT) cluster randomised control trial (2021)
AuthorsPowell, C, Ismail, H, Cleverley, R, Taylor, A, Breen, L, Fylan, B, Alderson, SL, Alldred DP, ISCOMAT Programme Team
JournalHealth Expectations
 
Title Stressors and coping mechanisms of family care-givers of older relatives living with long-term conditions in mainland China: A scoping review of the evidence. (2021)
AuthorsBífárìn, O., Quinn, C., Breen, L., Wu, C., Ke, M., Yu, L., & Oyebode, J
JournalAGEING & SOCIETY
PublisherCambridge University Press
DOIdoi:10.1017/S0144686X21000817
 
TitleImproving the Safety and Continuity Of Medicines management at Transitions of care (ISCOMAT): protocol for a process evaluation of a cluster randomised control trial (2020)
AuthorsPowell C, Breen L, Fylan B, Ismail H, Alderson SL, Gale CP, Gardner, P Farrin, AJ, Alldred DP.
JournalBMJ Open
 
TitleService improvement in public sector operations. A European comparative analysis (2020)
AuthorsBreen L, Hannibal C, Dehe B, Huaccho Huatuco, Xie YL
JournalEuropean Management Journal
PublisherElsevier
 
TitleA preliminary insight into the role and importance of management skills in the prevention of occupational derailment: An exploratory analysis of UK and Spanish pharmacists (2020)
AuthorsBreen L.;Acosta-Gómez J.;Tomlinson J.;Medlinskiene K.;Elies-Gomez J.
JournalEuropean Management Journal
DOI10.1016/j.emj.2020.02.008
 
TitleCan We Create a Circular Pharmaceutical Supply Chain (CPSC) to Reduce Medicines Waste? (2020)
AuthorsAlshemari A;Breen L;Quinn G;Sivarajah U;
JournalPharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
DOI10.3390/pharmacy8040221
 
TitleGaps, traps, bridges and props: a mixed-methods study of resilience in the medicines management system for patients with heart failure at hospital discharge (2019)
AuthorsFylan B;Marques I;Ismail H;Breen L;Gardner P;Armitage G;Blenkinsopp A
JournalBMJ Open
DOI10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023440
 
TitleKey sources of operational inefficiency in the PSC (2019)
AuthorsPapelexi M., Bamford D., Breen L.
JournalSupply Chain Management-An International Journal
PublisherEmerald
DOI10.1108/SCM-02-2019-0076
 
TitleAn exploratory study of reverse exchange systems used for medical devices in the UK National Health Service (NHS) (2019)
AuthorsXie, Y.; Breen, Liz; Cherrett, T.; Zheng, D.; Allen, C.J.
JournalSupply Chain Management-An International Journal
 
TitleA managed decline: Higher education provision (2016)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; McIntosh, Bryan
JournalBritish Journal of Health Care Management
 
TitleA New Frontier in healthcare education funding: A system in crisis or in flux (2016)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; McIntosh, Bryan
JournalBritish Journal of Health Care Management
 
TitleA way forward: Process mapping and the delivery of mental health services (2016)
AuthorsMcIntosh, Bryan; Breen, Liz; West, Sue
JournalBritish Journal of Health Care Management
 
TitleShifting sands: The erosion of higher education provision (2016)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; McIntosh, Bryan
 
TitleWaste not, want not. What are the drivers of sustainable medicines recycling in National Health Service hospital pharmacies (UK)? (2015)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; Xie, Y.
JournalInternational Journal of Procurement Management
 
TitleBoxed up and locked up, safe and tight! Making the case for unattended electronic locker bank logistics for an innovative solution to NHS hospital supplies (UK) (2015)
AuthorsBailey, G.; Cherrett, T.; Waterson, B.; Breen, Liz; Long, R.
JournalInternational Journal of Procurement Management
 
TitleWho cares wins? A comparative analysis of household waste medicines and batteries reverse logistics systems (2014)
AuthorsXie, Y.; Breen, Liz
JournalSupply Chain Management-An International Journal
 
TitleGreening community pharmaceutical supply chain in UK: a cross boundary approach (2012)
AuthorsXie, Y.; Breen, Liz
JournalSupply Chain Management-An International Journal
PublisherEmerald
 
TitleA Preliminary Examination of Risk in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain (PSC) in the National Health Service (NHS) (2008)
AuthorsBreen, Liz
JournalJOURNAL OF SERVICE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT
 
TitleSuppliers, do you know your customers? (2006)
AuthorsSchofield, R.A.; Breen, Liz
JournalInternational Journal of Quality and Reliability Management
 
TitleGive me back my empties or else! A preliminary analysis of customer compliance in reverse logistics practices (UK) (2006)
AuthorsBreen, Liz
JournalManagement Research News
 
TitleImproving the pharmaceutical supply chain: assessing the reality of e-quality through e-commerce application in hospital pharmacy (2005)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; Crawford, H.
JournalInternational Journal of Quality and Reliability Management
 
TitleDriving Quality - Clinical Governance in the NHS (2002)
Authors Breen (nee Ritchie), L
JournalManaging Service Quality
 
TitleThe Benefits of Reverse Logistics: The case of Manchester Royal Infirmary (2000)
Authors Breen (nee Ritchie) L, Burnes B, Hey R and Whittle P
JournalSupply Chain Management-An International Journal
 
TitleAn analysis of self-assessment practices using the business excellence model (2000)
AuthorsBreen (nee Ritchie), L and Dale, B
JournalPROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, PART A
 
TitleSelf-assessment using the business excellence model: A study of practice and process (2000)
AuthorsBreen (nee Ritchie), L and Dale, B
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
 
Other Journal
TitleMedicines Optimisation - extracting the last vestiges of value from your medicines (2016)
AuthorsBreen, Liz
JournalJournal of Medicines Optimisation
PublisherPharmacy Management
 
Book Chapters
TitleManaging the pharmaceutical supply chain-to sustainability and beyond (2020)
AuthorsBreen L.;Papalexi M.;Xie Y.
JournalGlobal Pharmaceutical Policy
DOI10.1007/978-981-15-2724-1_2
 
TitleResilience Strategies and the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain The Role of Agility in Mitigating Drug Shortages (2019)
AuthorsEmilia Vann Yaroson, Liz Breen,Jiachen Hou, Julie Sowter
JournalPharmaceutical Supply Chains Medicines Shortages
PublisherSpringer
 
TitleUnited Kingdom: Brief overview of the health supply chain in the country (2018)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; Urban, Rachel L.; Zaman, Hadar
 
TitleE-integrated healthcare supply chains: Tracking and monitoring medical devices in National Health Service (NHS) UK (2018)
AuthorsXie, Y and Breen, L.
JournalIn E-Business and Supply Chain Integration Strategies and Case Studies from Industry
PublisherKogan Page
 
Conference Contributions
TitleStressors and coping strategies of community family caregivers of older relatives living with long-term health conditions in mainland China. (2021)
AuthorsBifarin, O., Quinn, C, Breen, L., Wu, C., Ke, M, Yu, L., Oyebode, J.
 
TitlePreventing burnout amongst healthcare professionals – preliminary findings of a case analysis of Yorkshire Ambulance Service (2020)
AuthorsPowell C, Lord K, Fylan B, Breen, L.
 
TitleThe barriers to stopping inappropriate medicines (deprescribing): A patient and supporting peer perspective (2020)
AuthorsPeat, G., Marques, I., Fylan, B., Raynor, DK., Breen, L., Alldred, D
 
TitleIntersections between the Chinese culture and older people caregiving- Perspective of the Generation Z & Millennials (2020)
AuthorsBifarin, O., Zhang, B., Oyebode, J., Quinn, C, Breen, L.
 
TitleWhat is the role of a pharmacist in a Parkinson’s multidisciplinary team? (2019)
AuthorsDhap J, Morgan J, Breen L, Powell C
PublisherBMJ Leader
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/leader-2019-FMLM.75
 
TitlePrevention of burnout In student paramedics: An examination of classroom and placement training. (2019)
AuthorsKumar, S., Khan, F., Breen L
 
TitlePatient and carer roles in resilient medicines management at care transitions. (2019)
AuthorsFylan, B., Marques, I., Ismail, H., Breen, L., Armitage, G., Gardener, P., Blenkinsopp, A.
 
TitleFinding the common (inefficient) ground: An examination of the downstream Pharmaceutical Supply Chain (PSC). (2019)
AuthorsPaplexi, M., Bamford, D., Breen, L.,
 
TitleWhat is the role of the employer in the development of management skills in the pharmacy profession (Spain) (2018)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; Acosta-Gómez, J.
 
TitleHow do we avoid the ‘ever decreasing circles syndrome’ in service improvement? (2018)
AuthorsManzoor. A, Breen. L, Marques. I, Edwards. Z
 
TitleTime for management training? Investigating the support for the continuous professional development of critical management skills amongst community and hospital pharmacists (2016)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; Roberts, Leanne; Mathew, Dimble; Tariq, Zara; Arif, Izbah; Mubin, Forhad; Aziz, Fessur
 
Other Publications
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleRussian COVID vaccine: why more and more countries are turning to Sputnik V. (2021)
AuthorsSchiffling, S.; Breen, L.
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleThe long road ahead. The vaccine supply chain challenge. (2021)
AuthorsBreen, L; Schiffling S.
PublisherInternational Investor Magazine
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleCOVID vaccine: some waste is normal – but here's how it is being kept to a minimum (2021)
AuthorsSchiffling, S.; Breen, L.
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typeBlog
TitleVaccine Logistics: How Have Digital Hotspots Supported The Rollout?. (2021)
AuthorsBreen, L; Schiffling S.
PublisherInstitute of Engineering and Technology
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleModerna and Novavax – here’s what new vaccines mean for the UK rollout and the end of lockdown. (2021)
AuthorsBreen, L; Schiffling S.
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleAstraZeneca vaccine: how to fix supply issues. (2021)
AuthorsSharif, A; Breen, L, Sivarajah, S.
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleThe UK’s speedy COVID-19 vaccine rollout: surprise success or planned perfection? (2021)
AuthorsSchiffling, S.; Breen, L.
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleCOVID vaccine supply is causing an EU crisis – so what’s being done to speed up production? (2021)
AuthorsBreen, L; Schiffling S.
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typeNewsletter
TitleVaccine supply chains: Collaboration is the key to success (2021)
AuthorsBreen, L; Schiffling S.
PublisherInternational Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA)
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleCOVID vaccines are starting to arrive – here’s how everyone will get them (2020)
AuthorsSchiffling, S.; Breen, L.
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleVaccines are here, but how will we get them to billions of people (2020)
AuthorsBreen, L; Schiffling S.
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typeEditorial
TitleMaking a difference: Thoughts on management scholarship from the editorial team (2019)
AuthorsKastanakis M.;Robinson S.;Tsalavoutas Y.;Fernando M.;Jonczyk C.;Stettner U.;Thanos L.;Aharonson B.;Potočnik K.;Zhang H.;Erz A.;von Wallpach S.;Diedrich A.;Leupold C.;Breen L.
JournalEuropean Management Journal
DOI10.1016/j.emj.2019.05.001
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleDOOP Kit, Domestic Bin Or Watery Grave? A Study Investigating Disposal Practices Of Transdermal Drug Delivery Products In Care Homes (2018)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; Zaman, Hadar; McCulloch, Elizabeth; Isaq, Sabah
PublisherPharmacy Management
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleOpening Pandora’s Box could solve medicines shortages. The NHS at 70. (2018)
AuthorsBreen L. and Vann Yaroson E
PublisherChartered Institute of Logistics Transport UK
 
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleMedicines Shortages are already a reality but a no deal Brexit could make it worse (2018)
AuthorsBreen L. and Vann Yaroson E
PublisherThe Conversation
 
Other typePresentation
TitleThe strategic application of a remote monitoring system in the management of oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy [Poster presentation] (2017)
AuthorsKechagioglou, P.; Breen, Liz
 
Other typeEditorial
TitleEditorial (2016)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; McIntosh, Bryan
 
Other typeReviews
TitleNew solution for old problem: How to reduce the volume of waste medicines (2010)
AuthorsBreen L.;Xie Y.;Thiaray K.
JournalPharmaceutical Journal
 
Other typeReviews
TitlePharmaceutical supply chain - Update on the current NHS review (2005)
AuthorsMiles R.;Breen L.
JournalHospital Pharmacist
 
Title Author(s)
A Pharmacist view of the impact/management of medicines shortages (MedS) in the pharmaceutical supply chain (Spain) (2020)Sai Reddy Jetty, V. Breen, L., Acosta Gomez,
Identifying green logistics best practices: a case study of Thailand's public hospitals (2018)Bandoophanit, T.; Breen, Liz; Barber, Kevin D.
An assessment of supply chain vulnerabilities to dynamic disruptions in the pharmaceutical supply chain (2018)Yaroson, Emilia V.; Sharief, Karam; Shah, Awn; Breen, Liz
Identifying reverse exchange practices: a comparative study of laundry logistics in public hospitals (Thailand) (2018)Bandoophanit, T.; Breen, Liz
Identifying green logistics best practices leading to the effective usage of pharmaceuticals: a case study of Thailand’s Public Hospitals (2017)Bandoophanit, Thianthip; Breen, Liz; Barber, Kevin D.
Do we need to be Sustainable? An examination of purpose and intention behind Sustainability practice in Community Pharmacies in the National Health Service (UK) (2017)Breen, Liz; Garvey, O.; Mosan, G.; Matthias, Olga; Sowter, Julie
he safety and continuity of medicines at transitions of care for people with heart failure (2017)Fylan, Beth; Armitage, Gerry R.; Breen, Liz; Gardner, P.; Ismail, Hanif; Marques, Iuri; Blenkinsopp, Alison
An evaluation of the applicability of complex adaptive system theory in the pharmaceutical supply chain (2017)Yaroson, Emilia V.; Breen, Liz; Matthias, Olga
Disruptions, recovery strategies and the pharmaceutical supply chain; empirical evidence from first tier customers in the United Kingdom (2017)Yaroson, Emilia V.; Breen, Liz; Matthias, Olga
Investigating the laundry logistics system of small-sized public hospital: Can the efficiency of operations be improved under the constraints of Thailand’s administrative culture? (2017)Bandoophanit, Thianthip; Breen, Liz; Naipinit, A.; Pila-Ngarm, P.; Permwanichagun, P.; Saenchaiyathon, K.
Where are you? A preliminary examination of the track and trace mechanisms in place to facilitate effective closed-loop medical equipment retrieval in the National Health Service (NHS) (UK) (2016)Breen, Liz; Xie, Y.; Cherrett, T.
Back to the future? A theoretically inspired musing on the concept of Product Stewardship and its implications for Corporate and Social Responsibility (2015)Breen, Liz; Xie, Y.; Cherrett, T.
Where do they go? Destination Unknown: An exploratory study of the disposal of transdermal drug patches in the private healthcare sector (UK) (2015)Breen, Liz; Zaman, Hadar; Mahmood, A.; Nabib, W.; Mansoorali, F.; Patel, Z.; Amin, M.; Nasim, A.
Identification of critical management skills in healthcare operations management: The case of pharmacists in the National Health Service (UK) (2015)Breen, Liz; Roberts, Leanne; Mathew, Dimble; Tariq, Zara; Arif, Izbah; Mubin, Forhad; Manu, Bradlyn; Aziz, Fessur
Breaking ‘Smart’ New Ground: A preliminary assessment of the uptake and use of Smart Technologies in NHS Hospital Pharmacies (UK). (2014)Breen, Liz; Xie, Y.; Cherrett, T.; Bailey, G.