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Dr Liz Breen

Reader in Health Operations

Faculty/Dept/School School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 233460


Dr Liz Breen is a Reader in Health Service Operations having held 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.

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

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 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 in the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.  

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.


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-OCT-18 - 12-APR-19SupervisorPreventing long term burnout by exploring the impact of supportive paramedic training
01-NOV-17 - CI Phase 4 of studyActMed (ACcess To MEDicines) at end of life


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 Management - Senior Lecturer
  • 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:


Peer Reviewed Journal
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
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
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.
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
TitleWho cares wins? A comparative analysis of household waste medicines and batteries reverse logistics systems (2014)
AuthorsXie, Y.; Breen, Liz
TitleGreening community pharmaceutical supply chain in UK: a cross boundary approach (2012)
AuthorsXie, Y.; Breen, Liz
TitleSuppliers, do you know your customers? (2006)
AuthorsSchofield, R.A.; Breen, Liz
TitleImproving the pharmaceutical supply chain: assessing the reality of e-quality through e-commerce application in hospital pharmacy (2005)
AuthorsBreen, Liz; Crawford, H.
TitleDriving Quality - Clinical Governance in the NHS (2002)
Authors Breen (nee Ritchie), L
JournalManaging Service Quality
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
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
Book Chapters
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
Other Publications
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 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)
Identifying reverse exchange practices: a comparative study of laundry logistics in public hospitals (Thailand) (2018)Bandoophanit, T.; Breen, Liz
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
How do we avoid the ‘ever decreasing circles syndrome’ in service improvement? (2018)Manzoor. A, Breen. L, Marques. I, Edwards. Z
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