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Dr Lesley Wye

Dr Lesley Wye

Dr Lesley Wye
BA, MSc, PhD

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

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Lesley's current research interests include: knowledge exchange, commissioning and end of life care. Other research interests include: community services, quality initiatives (e.g. CQUIN), and complementary therapies. Her methodological interests are qualitative and mixed methods studies in service evaluations and realistic evaluations.

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 is a co-applicant on a NIHR National School for Primary Care Research study investigating general practice factors that contribute to unscheduled hospital admisions. 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 electives on acupuncture and other complementary therapies. She also co-edits the website for the Centre for Primary Care.

After working at the Department of Health and the King's Fund, 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. 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. 

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.She was awarded a PhD in 2008 and became a Research Fellow in 2011.

Activities / Findings

Lesley currently has a NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship (2014-2017). With her fellowship, she aims to develop collaborations between researchers, commissioners and clinicians and increase commissioners' and clinicians' skills in carrying out service evaluations. Lesley leads the Knowledge Mobilisation team working across the School for Social and Community Medicine and local commissioning organisations. Other members of the team are: Becca Robinson and James Rooney (NHS management fellows), Helen Baxter and Helen Cramer (researchers-in-residence) and Nadya Anscombe (communications manager).  

Since joining Bristol in 2003, Lesley has brought in over £2 million in grant funding, with 10 grants as PI. Previously, she worked at the King's Fund and the Department of Health.

Lesley is a mixed methodologist, with substantial experience in qualitative methods. Lesley's research interests include:

  • knowledge exchange
  • commissioning
  • end of life care
  • community nursing
  • quality indicators

Lesley currently is a co-applicant on a NIHR Health Service Delivery Research study of quality indicators in community nursing where she leads on the dissemination aspect and a NIHR School for Primary Care Research study of primary care factors that impact on unplanned hospital admissions where she leads on the qualitative component and dissemination. She co-supervises two PhDs: one on ethics of medical record retrival in primary care (Gemma Lasseter) and another on the delivery of patient centred care in general practice (Cindy Mann). Lesley also supervises three junior doctors working on end of life care projects (Lucy Pocock, Anna Mills, Francesca Deibel) 

Lesley's teaching responsibilities include Society, Health and Medicine, a first year course for medical students, and individual student selected projects on complementary therapies and management training for medical students. 

Lesley sits on the commissioned research panel for NIHR Health Service Delivery and Organisation, the West of England Evaluation Strategy Group, the Health Integration Strategy Group and the West of England CPD Group. 


My research interests are; integration of complementary therapies into NHS primary care; and quality indicators for community health services/ district nursing.

  • complementary therapies
  • complementary medicine
  • NHS
  • primary care
  • community services
  • district nursing
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