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Alison Leary

Prof. 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 and supervises post graduate research students at LSBU. Her interests are in the complexity of healthcare, safety, 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) 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. She was awarded an MBE for her services to safety and emergency workforce modelling in English League Football in 2019.

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.
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  • 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)