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    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.


    • J Political Science
    • H Social Sciences
    • R Medicine

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    Research Output 2006 2019

    17 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
    Health Transition
    Disabled Persons
    Intellectual Disability
    Patient Transfer

    A Literature Review of Peer Review Models in Healthcare

    Kaehne, A., Simcock, T. & Onochie, D., 25 Oct 2019, Ormskirk, UK: Edge Hill University.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
    peer review
    quality assurance
    studies (academic)
    Medication Errors
    Medication Systems
    Pharmacy Technicians
    1 Citation (Scopus)
    31 Downloads (Pure)

    Big Data and what it means for evaluating integrated care programmes

    Kaehne, A., 20 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Integrated Care. 27, 3, p. 249-258 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Research Design
    Delivery of Health Care
    research planning
    development model

    Conference presentation IFIC San Sebastian - Journal of Integrated Care

    KAEHNE, AXEL., 1 Sep 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceSpeech

    Open Access

    Projects 2019 2019


    Get Healthy Get Active: Prevention is better than care

    Author: SANDERS, G., 18 Oct 2018

    Supervisor: FAIRCLOUGH, S. (Director of Studies), ROE, B. (Supervisor) & KAEHNE, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis