Dr Elizabeth Whelan

Dr Elizabeth Whelan PhD, BA Hons, MSc

Senior Lecturer Construction Project Management

Key details

Dr Elizabeth Whelan
PhD, BA Hons, MSc

Senior Lecturer Construction Project Management


Elizabeth Whelan managed IT and construction projects in the NHS before moving into academia as a senior lecturer in project management. Previously, she spent several years working in London's Capital Investment Unit evaluating business cases for NHS investment as a Capital Investment Advisor.

Elizabeth's specialism is project management and ethics in the NHS construction projects. She is a member of the Building Blocks for Clinicians project which works with clinical staff in the NHS to support their contribution to the briefing of healthcare buildings.  She has carried out post occupancy evaluations for clients such as Great Ormond Street NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support and with Procure 21+ on their repeatable rooms project. Elizabeth has an MSc in Construction Project Manager (Healthcare) from London South Bank University, where she won the RICS prize; a PGCHE and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Elizabeth's qualifications includes:

  • MSc Construction Project Management (Healthcare) (London South Bank University)
  • BA Hons Political Theory & Institutions (Liverpool University)
  • Extra Curricula Diploma of Management (Birkbeck)
  • Certificate of Management Studies (University of Kent at Canterbury)
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (London South Bank University)
  • PhD 'Are ethical predisposition and governance critical success factors in English NHS construction projects?' (London South Bank University)

Responsibilities within the university

  • Distance learning link tutor with Yunnan University of Finance for distance learning construction, property and surveying courses
  • Course leader MSc Construction Project Management
  • Course leader MSc Project Management (International)
  • Module leader
  • Academic Conduct Officer

Recognition

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SHEA)
  • Fellow of IHEEM (Institute of Health Engineering & Estate Management)
  • Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM)
  • Member of the Institute of Healthcare Management (MIHM)

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Project governance
  • Project success
  • Ethics in project management
  • Project Management, ethical predisposition, project governance and project outcome; management of capital projects in the UK National Health Service, post occupancy evaluation

Other interests

2019 – 2 -day 'Building Blocks for Clinicians'. 2-day study block for consultant anaesthetists and other theatre professionals (16th/17th May).

2018 - 2-day CPD 'Building Blocks for Clinicians'. 2-day study block for consultant anaesthetists and other theatre professionals (7th/8th June).

2017 - 2-day CPD 'Building Blocks for Clinicians'. 2-day study block for consultant anaesthetists and other theatre professionals (1st and 2nd November)

2015 - Member of Scientific Committee for European Healthcare Design 2015

2014 - Reviewer for ARCOM Sustainable Urban retrofit and Technology

2010 - Book review for Palgrave Macmillan.

January 2014 - External examiner for PhD at East London University

Key funded projects

2014 - Longitudinal Post Occupancy Evaluation for Macmillan Cancer Services. A series of post occupancy evaluations over 4 years to appraise information centres which often sit on a main hospital campus.  A lessons-learnt report for Macmillan. (Income generating)

2013 - Post Project Evaluation (PPE) for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. The PPE examined project governance and staff satisfaction with the new building. Our report made recommendations which were adopted by the Trust for the next stage of the GOSH redevelopment and the results presented at two conferences and a seminar. (Income generating)

2013 - Literature review for P21+ consortium on evidence-based design for en-suite single patient bedrooms, 4- bedded bays and consult examination rooms. We carried out a series of literature reviews on evidence-based design. The P21+ architects developed designs based on the findings of the literature review.  The single patient bedroom designs were reviewed by Mental Fight Club's (registered charity) service users with lived experience of mental health facilities.  These designs have become part of national guidance for the NHS.  (Income generating).

Publications

Whelan, E and Robinson, H (2018).  Ethical Predisposition of Project Managers in the Delivery of Construction Projects in the NHS. International conference on Professionalism and ethics in construction, LSBU. November 2018

Farshchi, M., Whelan, E. (2011). User led Innovation – A case study of the NHS. IBEA Conference, London South Bank University.