Prof. Alison Leary

Alison Leary

Chair of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling

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    Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care

Prof. Leary primarily undertakes research but also teaches on a range of post graduate programmes including the Masters in Advanced Practice. She also runs masterclassess for those in practice and supervises post graduate research students at LSBU. Her interests are in the complexity of healthcare, math models and data science.

After spending ten years in science Prof. Leary undertook an RN diploma at The Nightingale School at St Thomas Hospital (now Kings College London). She attained a Masters in Biomedical Science (Haematology) and worked in acute Haematology services. Prof. Leary obtained a PhD in Clinical Medicine from the University of London (Royal Free & University College School of Medicine).

Prof. Leary writes regularly for the general, trade and academic press. In 2015 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and in 2016 a Fellow of the Queen Nursing Institute and a Winston Churchill Fellow for which she examined high reliability organisations looking at safety.

In recent years she has undertaken various projects around the modelling of complex systems in both the public and private sector and has a particular interest in the work of specialist practice and its value. She undertakes research & consultancy in this area-she also provides a service as an expert witness.

Prof. Leary teaches on the MSc in Advanced Practice and the aspiring director’s programme. She also runs masterclasses and supervises at Postgraduate level (Professional doctorates and PhD).

  • Research into complexity & healthcare
  • Knowledge discovery through data mining (big data)
  • Stochastic methods & workforce modelling
  • Prof Leary conducts research in the public sector, NHS & for commercial organisations.

Most recent publications

Leary, A and Kemp, A and Greenwood, P and Hart, N and Agnew, J and Barrett, J and Punshon, G Crowd medical services in the English Football League: remodelling the team for the 21st century using a realist approach. BMJ Open, DOI 10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-018619

Leary, A and Whittaker, A and Hill, A Developing the next generation of specialist cancer nurses.. Cancer Nursing Practice, 16. 25-30. DOI 10.7748/cnp.2017.e1453

Newell, K and Corrigan, C and Punshon, G and Leary, A Emergency care patient driven solutions for severe asthma. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance,

Leary, A and maclaine, K and Trevatt, P and Radford, M and Punshon, G Variation in job titles within the nursing workforce.. Journal of Clinical Nursing,

Leary, A Safety and service. Reframing the purpose of nursing to decision makers. Journal of Clinical Nursing, DOI 10.1111/jocn.13885

Punshon, G and Endacott, R and Aslett, P and Brocksome, J and Fluere, L and Howdle, F and Masterson, M and O'connor, A and Swift, A and Trevatt, P and Leary, A The experiences of specialist nurses working within the uro-oncology multidisciplinary team in the UK. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice,

Hibbert, D and Aboshaiqah, A and Senko, K and Forestall, D and Harb, A and Yousuf, S and Kelley, P and Brennan, P and Serrant, L and Leary, A Advancing Nursing Practice: The Emergence of the Role of Advanced Practice Nurse in Saudi Arabia. Annals of Saudi Medicine, 37. 522-528. DOI 10.5144/0256-4947.2017.522

Leary, A and Tomai, B and Swift, A and Woodward, A and Hurst, K Nurse staffing levels and outcomes - mining the UK national datasets for insight.. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 30. 235-247. DOI

Leary, A and Cook, R and Jones, S and Smith, S and Maxwell, E and Punshon, G and Radford, M Mining routinely collected acute data to reveal non-linear relationships between nurse staffing levels and outcomes. BMJ Open, 6. DOI

Ball, H and Moore, S and Leary, A A systematic literature review comparing the psychological care needs of patients with mesothelioma and advanced lung cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 25. 62-67. DOI 10.1016/j.ejon.2016.09.007

More publications at LSBU Research Open
  • Fellow Queens Nursing Institute
  • Fellow Royal College of Nursing
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Visiting Professor Canterbury Christchurch University
  • Macmillan Alumni
  • Women in Football
  • HSJ Senior women’s network
  • TEDx Whitehall Women’s group
  • Fellow Royal Society of Medicine
  • NMC registration
  • Scheme director & member, British Association of Immediate Care
  • Non-executive director National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses
  • RCN Foundation (Reg Charity) Trustee
  • Editorial board member/reviewer
  • Clinical lead match day medical service Millwall FC
  • Judging panels (Nursing Times Awards, HSJ Awards)
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