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Dr Lesley Wye


Lesley is a Consultant in Knowledge Mobilisation,  an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Bristol Medical School and a former NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow. 

Knowledge mobilisation is about bringing together different communities to share knowledge to catalyse change. Recent work includes a co-produced project supporting with women with complex needs (eg. addiction, mental health, poverty) to access primary health care services and identifying knowledge mobilisation processes and practices that the NIHR (the largest public funder of health research in the UK) could adopt to increase the impact of their researchers. Lesley is currently working with other Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellows to develop the Knowledge Mobilisation Alliance, with the aim of increasing knowledge moibilisation capacity and capability across health and social care.

In 2019, with her knowledge mobilisation expertise, Lesley was a co-applicant on two major successful awards: 1) a £8.6 million grant for the new NIHR Dissemination/ INVOLVE Centre and 2) the Bristol-based Health Protection Research Unit in Behaviour Science and Evaluation. 

Past research interests include: commissioning, community services, quality initiatives (e.g. CQUIN), and complementary therapies. Her methodological expetise is in qualitative and mixed methods studies in service evaluations and realistic evaluations.

From 2013-2016, she led an embedded, multi-disciplinary team of commissioners and researchers that worked to build relationships between healthcare commissioners and primary care researchers for three years. She led on a NIHR funded study of knowledge exchange between clinical commissioners and external providers, led a NHS funded study to develop quality indicators for community services, co-led a charity funded realistic evaluation of end of life services in Somerset and was a co-applicant on a NIHR study investigating general practice factors that contribute to unscheduled hospital admisions. She co-supervised three PhD students to completion. Her teaching responsibilities included tutoring on the first year Society, Health and Medicine course and running electives on acupuncture and other complementary therapies. 

Previously, Lesley worked at the Department of Health and the King's Fund, an independent think tank.