Dr Claire Lawson

Senior research fellow


"I joined University of Leicester as a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral research fellow in 2017 after completing a NIHR doctoral fellowship and PhD in Clinical Science at Keele University. I currently hold an NIHR Advanced Fellowship within the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. I am a clinical epidemiologist and nurse lecturer with 25 years’ experience in cardiovascular clinical care education and research. I lead a research programme using ‘big data’ to investigate heart failure epidemiology patient centred outcomes and health informatics. My NIHR Advanced Fellowship focuses on using patient reported outcome measures to develop a dynamic prediction model intervention to reduce unplanned hospital admissions for heart failure patients. I am Junior Secretary for the British Association of Nursing in Cardiovascular Care and a member of the European Heart Failure Association Registries Surveys and Epidemiology Committee the BHF Research Committee and the British Journal of Cardiology Nursing Editorial Board and I am an associate lecturer at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Previously I was a task force member for the current European Heart Failure Nurse Curriculum. "


My heart failure research programme has been funded by Wellcome Trust (Early Career Fellowship) and NIHR (Doctoral and Advanced Fellowship). I also work closely with Leicester Real World Evidence Unit on cardio metabolic research in relation to Covid-19 work (HDRUK funding) and in collaboration with projects funded by NIHR HSDR and BHF. I am deputy director for Leicestershire Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme funded by Wellcome Trust.


"Currently I have 4 PhD students and 1 completed studentship covering the following topics: • Symptom trajectories in heart failure and the design of novel patient-centred technologies for admission prevention; a mixed method approach. Commenced 2020. • Role of diabetes and ethnicity in the epidemiology of cardiovascular transition from atherothrombotic diseases to heart failure. Commenced 2020. • The application of epidemiology and informatics to heart failure using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). Commenced 2020. • Using patient electronic health records to understand the interplay between disease severity symptoms co-morbidity and long term health outcomes. Commenced 2019. • Use of Invasive Strategies in the management of non ST elevation acute myocardial infarction. Completed 2019. Destination; NIHR Lectureship I am keen to supervise students interested in a combination of the following: heart failure (or cardiovascular disease) prognosis epidemiology use of routine health records health informatics patient reported outcomes."


"I contribute to the Masters level duel registration nurse and leadership programme within the School of Allied Health Professionals and am involved in the development and delivery of research teaching within the curriculum. I am an experienced lecturer in undergraduate and post graduate nurse programmes and inter-professional education and have experience in curriculum development (including the heart failure curriculum for European Society of Cardiology). I developed and led the first specialist cardiology nursing courses in the Shropshire Cheshire and Staffordshire region which included specialist nursing practice in interventional cardiology specialist cardiology nursing practice and cardiac rehabilitation. I have a keen interest in informatics and developed one of the first on-line assessments for pre-registration nursing at Keele University and was an active member in developing computerised clinical simulation using manikins at the School. I am also committee member of British Association Nursing Cardiovascular Care and co-develop bi-monthly webinars and annual training days for nurses in cardiovascular care."

Press and media

I have conducted a number of media interviews and am happy to talk about my heart failure research particularly in the areas of demography epidemiology comorbidity and outcomes.


"BSH Research Committee (2021-present) British Journal Cardiac Nursing Editorial Board (2021-present) British Cardiovascular Society Mentor (2021-present) ESC HFA Surveys Registries and Epidemiology Committee 2020-2022 (nominated member) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) academic career adviser (2020-present) British Association of Nursing in Cardiovascular Care (BANCC) Junior secretary (2020-present) ESC Member of the Heart Failure Association Comorbidities Committee (2017-2019) ESC Member of the Heart Failure Association Task Force for Nurse Curriculum (2013-2016)"


"Awards: Nurse Investigator Award ESC Heart Failure Association (2021) Fellow of the ESC Heart Failure Association (2021 to present) Emerging Investigator American Heart Association (2020) Paper of the Year 2020 (Lead author); Circulation Heart Failure (2020) Outstanding contribution to research award American College of Epidemiology (2015) Invited speaker: British Cardiovascular Society; Invited speaker (June 2021; ‘Hot Topic session; June 2020) ESC Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions (June 2020) British Society of Heart Failure (invited session Chair June 2021; invited speaker November 2020) American College of Epidemiology Plenary Presentation (Atlanta; 2015) International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference Plenary presentation (2015) Visiting Lecturer: Visiting Research fellow and Affiliation Karolinska Institutet Sweden (2020-present) Visiting Research Fellow University of Linköping Sweden (2012-present) "


"Lawson C Cothers H Remsing S Squire I Zaccardi F Davies M Bernhardt L Reeves K Lilford R Khunti K. Trends in 30-day cause specific readmissions following hospitalisation for heart failure in England; impact of sex socioeconomic status and ethnicity. Nurse Investigator Award Winner; ESC HFA June 2021 Lawson C. 'The Big Data Explosion'; big problem or big opportunity for cardiovascular nursing care? Invited ‘Hot Topic’ presentation; British Cardiovascular Society June 2021 Lawson C. The importance of research in nursing and allied health professionals. Invited presentation; British Society of Heart Failure November 2020 Lawson C. Improving outcomes in Heart Failure - twists and turns of a fellowship research journey. Leicester Hospital Research Innovation Event October 2019 Lawson C. Heart Failure PROMS - start point end point or no point ??. East Midlands Heart Failure Network April 2019. Lawson C. Causes and outcomes of PROMs in heart failure. Leicester Leicestershire and Rutland Community Heart Failure General Meeting. Leicester July 2018 "

Media coverage

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"2020-current Masters in Medical Statistics University of Leicester 2016 PhD (Clinical Science) University of Keele 2007 MA in Medical Ethics and Law University of Keele 2000 BA (Hons) Health Studies University of Keele Other courses: Practical Pharmaco-epidemiology; LSHTM London (2019) Causal Inference in Epidemiology; LSHTM London (2019) Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis; Imperial College London (2014) Logistic Regression & Survival Analysis Imperial College London (2014) Prognosis Research (PROGRESS); Keele University (2013) Advanced Analysis of prognostic Studies; Erasmus University Rotterdam (2013) Principles of Epidemiologic Data-analysis; Erasmus University Rotterdam (2013) Advanced Course in Epidemiologic Analysis LSHTM London (2013) MRC Epidemiology for Course for Clinicians Medical Research Council (2013) Statistics and Epidemiology Keele University (2013) Sesearch Methods Keele University (2013) "
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