Professor Mark Gamsu, Professor

Professor Mark Gamsu


Mark is a Professor with an interest in local democracy and health inequalities he works in the field of local health systems, the voluntary sector and active citizenship. He is a professor at Leeds Beckett University and a fellow of the Faculty for Public Health. He has a specific interest in the inequality and the relationship that members of the pubic have with their local health system.

His recent work includes:

  • Working with Healthwatch England to develop national quality standards for local Healthwatch
  • Leading on the evaluation of a range of initiatives to strengthen public voice in local health systems
  • Contributing to the development of the What Works for Wellbeing Centre's work on Community Wellbeing

Mark is lay member on Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, where he chairs their Patient Experience, Equalities and Engagement Committee and is vice chair of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee. He is also Chair of Citizens Advice Sheffield - the largest Citizens Advice Bureau in the country and was a commissioner on the Low Commission into the future of Welfare Rights and Legal advice.

Mark has worked at a national and local government level including in the Department of Health, and locally in Housing and Social Services and was the healthy city co-ordinator for Sheffield.

Current Teaching

  • MSc Public Health Promotion

Research Interests

The relationship between the public and their local health systems with a particular focus on health inequalities and the voluntary sector. Research has included evaluating new ways in which NHS organisations have sought to increase public voice at a system and organisational level.

Other recent work has included supporting local organisations and systems develop stronger and more co-produced relationships with local communities through capacity building and the development of new service models such as Local Area Coordination.

Professor Mark Gamsu, Professor

Selected Outputs

  • Bagnall A; Southby K; South J; Gamsu M (2016) Evidence briefing: Housing associations and housing interventions: delivering community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing.

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  • White JL; Gamsu M (2015) HEALTHWATCH INVESTIGATIONS: Developing good practice.

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  • South J; Hunter DJ; Gamsu M (2014) Need to Know Review Number two: What Local Government Needs to Know about Public Health.

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  • SOUTH J; MEAH A; BAGNALL A; KINSELLA K; BRANNEY P; WHITE J; GAMSU M (2010) People in Public Health - a study of approaches to develop and support people in public health roles.

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  • Bagnall A; Gamsu M; Southby K; South J (2016) Housing associations and housing interventions: review of the evidence on community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing. In: International Festival of Public Health, 1 July 2016, Manchester, UK.

  • SOUTH J; WHITE J; GAMSU M (2011) Trust and equality: creating an asset-based rationale for citizen involvement in health improvement services. In: Assets for health and wellbeing across the life course: International conference 2011, 26 September 2011 - 27 September 2011, British Library, London.

  • White JL; Gamsu M (2015) HEALTHWATCH INVESTIGATIONS Developing good practice.

  • White JL; south J; branney P; Gamsu M (2010) ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN DELIVERING HEALTH IMPROVEMENT Research briefing for practice.

  • South J; Purcell ME; Branney P; Gamsu M; White J (2014) Rewarding altruism: addressing the issue of payments for volunteers in public health initiatives. Social Science & Medicine, 104 pp. 80-87.

  • Gamsu M (2017) Local Democracy and Health.

  • White JL; Gamsu M (2015) Move patient and public involvement from the margins to the mainstream.