Professor Alison Leary, PhD RN FRCN FQNI

London South Bank University

Chair of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling

School of Health and Social Care

London Higher Europe Engagement:

  • Big Data Working Group November 2016
  • Health By Numbers Panel Discussion 24th May 2017.


London South Bank University

103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA


Twitter: @alisonleary1


After spending ten years in science & engineering. She qualified as a nurse in 1996 at St Thomas Hospital & Kings College London.  Prof. Leary obtained a PhD in medicine from University College London and her academic background encompasses science, nursing, medicine and mathematics. Prof Leary’s work looks at the modelling of complex systems, including the workforce. She has just completed a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship looking at the use of data in high reliability organisations. 

Research Interests:

Prof. Leary works on projects with a focus on the modelling of complex systems in healthcare. Her interests are in the complexity of healthcare and how mathematical modelling and data science can be used to increase quality safety and efficiency which can optimise staffing in acute & community care. She has been a registered nurse for twenty one years.

Notable mentions:

On the 23 June 2015 Prof Leary was awarded Royal College of Nursing Fellowship and in 2016 was conferred as a Fellow of The Queens Nursing Institute. 


Leary A, Cook R, Jones S, Smith J, Gough M, Maxwell E, Punshon G, Radford M (2016) Mining routinely collected acute data to reveal non-linear relationships between nurse staffing levels and outcomes. British Medical Journal Open 6(12),e011177

Hibbert D, Aboshaiqah AE, Sienko KA, Forestell D, Harb AW, Yousuf SA, Kelley PW, Brennan PF, Serrant L, Leary A (2017) Advancing Nursing Practice: The Emergence of the Role of Advanced Practice Nurse in Saudi Arabia. Ann Saudi Med. 2017 Jan-Feb;37(1):522-528

NHS England (2015) Framework for commissioning community nursing in England

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Ball H, Moore S, Leary A (2016) A systemic review comparing the psychological care needs of those with mesothelioma and advanced lung cancer European Journal of Oncology Nursing 25, pp. 62-67

Newall K, Corrigan C, Leary A (2017) Using systems thinking to improve the care of people with severe asthma Int Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance in press

Khakwani, A., Hubbard, R.B., Beckett, P., Borthwick, D., Tod, A., Leary, A., White, J., Tata, L.J. Which patients are assessed by lung cancer nurse specialists? A national lung cancer audit study of over 128,000 patients across England (2016) Lung Cancer, 96, pp. 33-40.

Leary, A., Brocksom, J., Endacott, R., Fleure, L., Howdle, F., Masterton, M., O'Connor, A., Swift, A., Trevatt, P., Aslet, P (2016) The specialist nursing workforce caring for men with prostate cancer in the UK International Journal of Urological Nursing 10 (1) 5-13

Punshon G Endecott R Fleure L, Brocksom, J,  Howdle, F., Masterton, M., O'Connor, A., Swift, A., Trevatt, P., Aslet, P,  Leary, A (2016) Experiences of working in the multidisciplinary prostate cancer team-a UK wide study Clinical Nurse Specialist In press

Leary, A., Quinn, D., Bowen, A. Impact of proactive case management by multiple sclerosis specialist nurses on use of unscheduled care and emergency presentation in multiple sclerosis (2015) International Journal of MS Care, 17 (4), pp. 159-163.

Leary, A., Anionwu, E.N. Modeling the complex activity of sickle cell and thalassemia specialist nurses in England (2014) Clinical Nurse Specialist, 28 (5), pp. 277-282.

Leary, A., Baxter, J. Impact of lung cancer clinical nurse specialists on emergency admissions (2014) British Journal of Nursing, 23 (17), pp. 935-938.

Quinn, D., Bowen, A., Leary, A. The value of the multiple sclerosis specialist nurse with respect to prevention of unnecessary emergency admission (2014) Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 20 (12), pp. 1669-1670.

Leary, A., White, J., Yarnell, L. The work left undone: Understanding the challenge of providing holistic lung cancer nursing care in the UK (2014) European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18 (1), pp. 23-28.

Warren, M., Mackie, D., Leary, A. The complexity of non face-to-face work with patients affected by metastatic breast cancer and their carers. The 'hidden consultations' of the clinical nurse specialist (2012) European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16 (5), pp. 460-464.