Mike English has worked in Kenya for 20 years first in on malaria and neonatal illness and care while working as the paediatrician in Kilifi District Hospital. In 2004 he moved to Nairobi where he collaborates with Kenya's Ministry of Health, the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Paediatric Association.With work increasingly focusing on implementation and practice change using multi-disciplinary approaches in 2011 he established the Health Services Unit.
The work he is involved with has expanded in scope and Kenyan researchers include clinicians, statisticians, social scientists and health informatics professionals. With a strong focus on how to implement quality hospital services research takes a systems perspective and includes: developing national, evidence-based guidelines for care, individual and cluster randomised trials, cost-effectiveness analyses, empiric qualitative studies of human behaviour and mixed-methods approaches in health systems research.
He has contributed to technical working groups for the Kenyan government and the WHO on a range of issues related to child and newborn survival and health systems performance.