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Personal profile


Axel was born and educated in Berlin (Germany) at Free University and Humboldt University and subsequently studied at Aberdeen University and the University of Wales. He settled in South Wales in 1996. In 2005 he took up a position of Research Fellow at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University and joined Edge Hill as a Senior Research Fellow in April 2013. He was appointed Reader in Health Service Research in 2016 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care. Axel has been appointed Visiting Professor at Department of Health and Social Management at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio for Autumn 2019. 

Research interests

Axel has designed and delivered evaluations of health improvement programmes in England and Wales and is also member of the Children’s Nursing Research Unit at Alder Hey, the Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Axel has an interest in programme evaluations, evaluation methodologies and quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Leading on from his work in intellectual disabilities, he has developed a research focus on multiagency work, service integration and partnerships in health services for patients with complex health care needs. More recently he has written on complexity and complex adaptive systems as evaluative frameworks to assess health service programmes and patient outcomes.

He leads the Special Interest Group for Integrated Care of the European Health Management Association and works with colleagues across England to establish an Integrated Care Researcher Network. Axel is Board Member (elected) of the European Health Management Association.


Post-Graduate Supervision and Teaching

Axel is teaching Research Methodologies, Quantitative Approaches and Statistics/SPSS on the MCh and MRes course in the faculty and supervises currently three PhD students and several Master’s students.
Axel is leading a module in Strategic Clinical Leadership and the dissertation module for the MCh (taught) degree.

Other positions

Visiting Professor, University of Eastern Finland

15 Sep 201931 Dec 2020


  • J Political Science
  • H Social Sciences
  • R Medicine

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Research Output

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    Co-producing health care - pragmatic principles and an illustration

    KAEHNE, AXEL., BRAY, LUCY. & HOROWICZ, EDMUND., 26 Mar 2020, (Submitted) In : Emerald Open Research.

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    Editorial - COVID-19 – a catastrophe for integrated care?

    Kaehne, A., 21 Jul 2020, In : Journal of Integrated Care. 28, 3, p. 213-214 2 p.

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    Editorial note

    Kaehne, A., 10 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Integrated Care. 28, 1, p. 1 1 p.

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