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Visiting Professor Judith Lathlean BSc (Econ), MA, DPhil

Professor of Health Research

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Visiting Professor Judith Lathlean is a member of the Workforce Research theme in Health Sciences.  Judith’s research interests span innovative health care roles, workforce issues, professional education research, evaluating services within mental health, including forensic and prison health, and she has methodological expertise in mixed methods, qualitative and participatory action research. She has a particular interest in supporting the postgraduate doctoral programme and has supervised to completion in excess of 40 doctoral students.

Our postgraduate research students are the lifeblood of the faculty and the future generation of health and social care researchers; they deserve to be nurtured.

Providing the best possible experience for all PGR students in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Acting as experienced supervisor for doctoral students and providing mentorship to more junior supervisors

Liaising with the University regarding University-wide Graduate School activity

Developing strands of research within the Research Group particularly relating to education evaluation, mental health and service user involvement

Formerly Acting Head of the ODC Research Group (until October 2010)

Advisory group membership

Formerly Non-Executive Director for an acute health Trust, ensuring a grass roots understanding of contemporary issues in health care delivery, patient experience and patient safety (since February 2008)

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Research interests

  • mental health research in general
  • mental health of prisoners
  • research on new roles in health care
  • service user involvement
  • education evaluation




Research Group(s)

Health Work and Systems

Research project(s)

Communication pathways surrounding people with cancer: who is involved, how do they communicate, and how do patients understand and manage this? - Dormant

The aim of this research was to describe who is involved in the care of people with advanced cancer/palliative care need. We described the network of care and communication pathways surrounding them and explored the patient’s understanding and contribution to this.

Modern Matrons Project, Hampshire NHS Partnership Trust - Dormant

An evaluation of the role of Modern Matron in a mental health trust.

How do nurses use new technologies to inform decision making?

New technologies are increasingly being introduced into the NHS and nurses are using computerised decision support systems (CDSS) in a variety of contexts

Modernising adult social care for vulnerable adults in England : the processes - Dormant

Assessing the impact of regulation upon the provision of adult social care services, and the extent to which regulation works for key groups of vulnerable adults in England.

The pathway of prisoners with mental health problems through prison health services and the effect of prison environment on the mental health of prisoners - Dormant

Examining the standard of mental healthcare in prisons

Principles of Care - Dormant

This project provides data on the challenges of introducing a new worker role into secondary care services in mental health.

Research and development programme on forensic mental health - Dormant

Evaluation of prison mental health

A pilot study of satisfaction and adherence with antipsychotic medication in people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders in prisons - Dormant

A pilot study investigating treatment compliance for schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders in prisons

Evaluation of a pilot trainee consultant nurse programme in Emergency Care: Phases 1 and 2 - Dormant

The project evaluated a training scheme for nurse registrars in emergency care in two phases, using an action research approach.


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  • research methodology and processes in general
  • action research
  • qualitative research processes and analysis
Visiting Professor Judith Lathlean
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