Vari Drennan MBE is professor of health care and policy research at the Joint Faculty of Kingston University & St.George's University of London. She is the founding Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Research in the Joint Faculty and was Associate Dean for Research until August 2016.
She joined the academic community after working as a senior community health service manager and professional head of community nursing. Her academic background is in sociology and social policy. She was Director of the Primary Care Nursing Research Unit at the Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences, University College London 2005-7 before joining Kingston and St George's.
She has undertaken a wide range of research concerned with: health and social care services for older people, particularly those with long term conditions such as dementia; medicine management in community settings; health service provision for women, particularly those socially excluded; new roles and workforce developments in primary care; health and social care workforce issues, clinical leadership at board level and interfaces between the health service and the criminal justice system. All of her research activities involve the public and service users. She is particularly interested in the interface between policy and practice in arenas where public service delivery involves multiple agencies.
Vari is a member of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Panel , the NIHR Faculty, and the Centre for Implementation Science in the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London. She is also a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences and a Fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute. She was appointed as a visiting professor at Zhengzhou University, China in 2014.
Vari was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to health service research, development and nursing.