School of Healthcare

Research

Our multidisciplinary research team aims to improve the health and wellbeing of populations in the UK and worldwide. It leads multiple national and international research partnerships and grants with a focus on generating evidence that can be translated into policy and practice.

Capacity building

The team have over two decades of experience in supporting health and social care practitioners, and those from other disciplines including the humanities and social sciences to develop their research skills from MSc through to PhD and post-doctoral training. We have a track record in securing funding to support early career researchers through collaborations with the NHS, industry and the NIHR Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic Programme including the highly competitive NIHR Doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship.

We invite applications for postgraduate research training from home and international students to join our vibrant team of health, social and behavioural science researchers. In joining our team at the University of Leicester, you will have access to the University’s Doctoral College which has a large and diverse portfolio of training courses. In accessing the Doctoral College, you will become part of a community of postgraduate research students, research staff and early career academics providing you with a wider network to complement the local support from your supervisory team and research team within the School of Healthcare. 

Browse opportunities to join the team as a trainee/early career researcher including PhD studentships.

Developing and evaluating complex interventions

Our team’s expertise spans a range of methodological disciplines including behavioural medicine, realist approaches, psychometric testing and qualitative methods including nominal group technique and co-design. This diversity in the team’s strengths affords us the requisite skills for developing and evaluating complex interventions. This has contributed to our success in securing significant competitive grant funding to develop interventions.

Translating research into policy and practice

We work towards our aims to improve the health and wellbeing of populations in the UK and worldwide through collaborations with industry, NHS organisations such as the Academic Health Science Networks and NIHR Applied Research collaborations, and international special interest groups. Examples of ongoing knowledge translation projects include developing national policy for deprescribing in care homes and implementation of the Opioid Tookit which is designed to support organisations to implement evidence based strategies to deprescribe opioids prescribed for chronic pain. The University also has a strategic partnership with LOROS Hospice Centre of Excellence.

The research team

Photograph of Bethany AtkinsBethany Atkins
Senior Research Associate
ba226@le.ac.uk


Photograph of Professor Debi BhattacharyaProfessor Debi Bhattacharya
Professor of Behavioural Medicine
d.bhattacharya@le.ac.uk


Photograph of Dr Linda BirtDr Linda Birt
LOROS Associate Professor in Palliative Care and Frailty
lb484@le.ac.uk


Photograph of Dr Kumud KantilalDr Kumud Kantilal
Senior Research Associate
k.kantilal@le.ac.uk


Photograph of Dr Jackie Martin KerryDr Jackie Martin-Kerry
Research Fellow
jackie.martinkerry@le.ac.uk


Photograph of Vanessa MillarVanessa Millar
Research Administrator
vlm23@le.ac.uk


Photograph of Dr Seth O'NeillDr Seth O’Neill
Associate Professor in Physiotherapy
so59@le.ac.uk


Photograph of Dr Sion ScottDr Sion Scott
Lecturer in Behavioural Medicine
s.scott@le.ac.uk


Photograph of Professor David WrightProfessor David Wright
Head of School and Professor of Health Services Research
d.j.wright@le.ac.uk


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