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 The healthcare workforce should be shaped by outcomes, rather than outputs. BMJ Opinion,

Leary, A and Punshon, G Determining acute nurse staffing, a hermeneutic review of an evolving science.. BMJ Open, 9. DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025654

Leary, A and Punshon, G and MacLaine, K and Radford, M and Trevatt, P and Shanley, O Nursing pay by gender distribution in the UK- does the Glass Escalator still exist?. International Journal of Nursing Studies, DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.02.008

Leary, A Staffing the NHS: Why we need to invest in the community workforce. In: The NHS Winter Crisis. Reform, pp. 6.

Stewart, I and Leary, A and Tod, A and Borthwick, D and Khakwani, A and Hubbard, R and Beckett, P and Tata, LJ Barriers to delivering advanced cancer nursing: A workload analysis of specialist nurse practice linked to the English National Lung Cancer Audit. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 36. 103-111. DOI 10.1016/j.ejon.2018.07.006

Leary, A and Punshon, G and Mason, I Modelling the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist Nurse Workforce standards by determination of optimum caseloads in the United Kingdom.. Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, DOI 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjy106

Stewart, I and Khakwani, A and Hubbard, R and Beckett, P and Borthwick, D and Tod, A and Leary, A and Tata, LJ Are working practices of lung cancer nurse specialists associated with variation in peoples’ receipt of anti cancer therapy. Lung Cancer, 123. 160-165. DOI 10.1016/j.lungcan.2018.07.022

Leary, A Do lung cancer nurses relieve the burden of lung cancer? An outcomes study. In: Cancer Services, Data and Outcomes Conference 2018, 20 June 2018 - 21 June 2018, Manchester.

Leary, A Turning data into useful knowledge to improve patient care. Journal of Nursing Management,

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

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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