Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons

BA(Hons), MHSc, PhD, CMIIA

School of Health and Related Research

Assistant Professor of Health Services Research

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Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Deborah is an Assistant Professor in Health Services Research and is seconded part-time from her position within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University, Ontario, Canada where she teaches a number of innovative courses on ‘Innovation in Care Delivery’, ‘Emerging Trends in Health Care’, ‘Cross-sector Health Partnership Models’ and ‘Advanced Health Policy’.

She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (UK) and has extensive health care management and health informatics experience with community, acute and provincial organizations having worked as Director of Decision Support for the Provincial cancer treatment provider and previously as an information systems developer, policy analyst and consultant for agencies of the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Whilst her doctorate focused on health care costing and the information systems underpinning them, her research has expanded to consider the development, implementation and evaluation of technology and infrastructure to enable community care delivery and ageing in place (

She is the Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Theme Lead for the Sam Katz Community Health & Aging Research Unit at Western University and is currently working with several award-winning integrated real estate development and property management companies regarding the development of highly innovative models of communities for life.

    Research interests
    • Technology-enabled health care delivery
    • Health information systems
    • Telehealth
    • Health service innovation
    • Development and evaluation of communities for life

    Current projects

    • Collaboration for Leadership in Health Research and Care - Yorkshire & Humber (CLAHRC Y&H), Telehealth and Care Technologies (TaCT) Theme, Lead for Enhanced Community Palliative Support Services (EnComPaSS )
    • NHS Nursing Technology Fund, Community Palliative Care Enhanced Data and Communication, £250,000 (2015-2016) Co-Principal Investigator