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Tom Barker

Senior Health & Nutrition Convenor

Tom Barker is Senior Health Convenor in the Health and Nutrition Cluster at IDS.

Tom has 19 years of experience working in knowledge brokering, research communication, policy engagement, and parliamentary influencing in the UK health, global health and international development policy arenas. Tom collaborates with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and at regional and global levels on projects funded by the likes of UK NIHR, GCRF and the Swiss Government.

Tom is Communications Manager for the Health Systems Global health policy and systems research and practice network with more than 1,600 members in over 110 countries. He was previously the Policy Influence and Research Uptake Manager for the UK DFID-funded Future Health Systems research consortium.

Tom’s previous experience includes managing a research knowledge brokering network for the UK NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme; facilitating engagements with the UK Parliament and Whitehall for the NHS Confederation, a membership body for UK NHS organisations; and running the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health.




Insights from health systems under stress

Health systems around the world are straining under the impact of Covid-19. As the pandemic progresses it is evident that there is much for health systems across the world to learn from each other from these shared experiences, and that when a global pandemic hits the differences between high,...

30 April 2020



Global framework on people-centred and integrated health services

FHS Stories of Change 8

Future Health Systems research into empowering communities to demand and shape health services has informed the development of a WHO strategy on service delivery. The strategy reflects a paradigm shift towards an increased emphasis on preventive public health, as well as curative strategies, to...

Sara Bennett

1 December 2017

Tom Barker’s recent work

Upcoming Event

Re-imagining health systems for better health and social justice

We are pleased to announce that registration to the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020) is now open. The Symposium will bring together over 2,000 policy-makers, practitioners and researchers from more than 100 countries to explore how we can build health systems which...

From 8 November 2020 until 12 November 2020


Participate in the 2020 Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

In November 2020, IDS, and over 2,000 fellow members and partners from over 140 countries will meet in Dubai for the biennial Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (#HSR2020). The Symposium is co-sponsored by Health Systems Global (HSG) – the international membership society for...

7 January 2020

Past Event

Accountability for Health Equity Webinar

To mark the launch of the IDS Bulletin Accountability for Health Equity: Galvanising a Movement for Universal Health Coverage, and to consider the key learning and implications for actions to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), UHC2030 and IDS are pleased to host a webinar.

17 May 2018