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Dr Lesley Wye

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.