Lesley's research interests include: knowledge exchange, healthcare commissioning, end of life care, community services, quality initiatives (e.g. CQUIN) and complementary therapies. She is currently leading on a NIHR funded study of knowledge exchange between clinical commissioners and external providers (private and not-for-profit) due to finish in February 2014. She co-supervises a PhD student looking at universal consent in primary care research. Her teaching responsibilities include tutoring on the first year Society, Health and Medicine course and running a second year elective on complementary therapies in musculo-skeletal conditions.
Lesley was awarded a BA in English and sociology from Tufts University in Boston, and she then spent six years teaching English in Barcelona Spain. After obtaining a MSc in Health Services Research from the University of Hull, she went on to occupy several research posts in the NHS and the Department of Health. From 1995-2001, Lesley worked at the King's Fund where she carried out research into clinical governance in primary care and research implementation. Lesley also qualified as a complementary therapist and ran her own practice from 2001-2006.
Lesley came to Bristol in 2003, when she won a NIHR pre-doctoral fellowship to study the mainstreaming of complementary therapies into NHS primary care. She was awarded a PhD in 2008 and became a Research Fellow in 2011. Lesley has led on several studies including a realistic evaluation of end of life care service reconfiguration in Somerset and North Somerset (co-PI with Sarah Purdy), a feasbility study exploring ways to economically evaluate the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital and a NHS Bristol funded study to develop quality indicators for district nurses.
My research interests are; integration of complementary therapies into NHS primary care; and quality indicators for community health services/ district nursing.
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