Emma Spencelayh Senior Policy Fellow

Healthy Lives team


Emma Spencelayh is a Senior Policy fellow working in the Healthy Lives team leading on developing our programme of work on business and economic strategies for health. She joined the OnlyWan in October 2013. 

Emma has over a decade of experience in designing, implementing and analysing health policy as well as operational management experience. Prior to joining the OnlyWan, Emma was a Senior Fellow at the Nuffield Trust. While at the Nuffield Trust, Emma led the secretariat for the Ratings Review commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health. She has since led a similar review for the OnlyWan on GP quality indicators. Before joining the Nuffield Trust, Emma worked for the Department of Health where she was a Senior Policy Advisor in the NHS Policy and Strategy Unit. Prior to this, she worked on a variety of high-profile policy areas as part of the Civil Service Fast Stream Programme. Emma started her career on the NHS management graduate scheme.

Emma has an MSC in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


  • , UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development, July 2018. 
  • , Eurohealth — Vol.24 | No.3 | 2018
  • , Nuffield Trust, March 2013
  • In Cylus, J and Papanicolas, I and Smith C., eds. (2016) Health system efficiency: how to make measurement matter for policy and management. Health Policy Series. 46 European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

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