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Claire Leader

Senior Lecturer

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Within my role as Senior Lecturer, I am involved predominantly with the BSc (hons) Nursing programme. The modules I lead cross over all the branches of nursing and this has enabled me to develop strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across all fields. I am personal tutor for a group of students as well as undertaking additional roles within inter-professional learning and recruitment. These roles have enabled me to tap into the wide network we have within the North East across all Primary and Secondary care trusts for the benefits of the students and the Nursing Programme.

My particular areas of interest include Sociology, Leadership & Management, workforce wellbeing and women's health. My Phd focus is exploring the wellbeing of the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Prior to my role as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing, I worked as a Research Nurse & Midwife in a local trust as well as within the National Institute for Health Research, North East and North Cumbria Clincial Research Network (NIHR NENC CRN). Since taking up my first research post in 2009, I have been embedded within the Clinical Research environment, contributing to the development and delivery of large scale NIHR portfolio adopted studies in numerous specialties across the North East. I was in a key leadership position in the areas of Reproductive Health & Childbirth, Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Genetics and Haematology, managing and coordinating the research activity and the Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health professionals delivering the research. The role required knowledge and expertise of the research process from funding application, NHS permissions, development of protocols, collaborating with clinical staff both locally and nationally and ensuring that the research was undertaken within the framework of Good Clincial Practice (GCP).  I worked closely with Principal Investigators and research staff to ensure that participants were safe and that the research was delivered to time and target in accordance with NIHR Key performance Indicators. I was also selected by the NIHR to undertake their Advcanced Leadership Programme in 2017 which enabled to grow and develop my leadership skills in the area of research.


My Masters degree is in Sociology and Social Research and my final dissertation was an analysis of qualitative interview data exploring the decision-making process of women who had a caesarean section in a previous pregnancy and were faced with a choice regarding mode of delivery in their current pregnancy. I used Foucault’s “technologies of power” as a means by which to analyse the gendered technologies women used to achieve their desired outcome. I presented my work at the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology conference in 2013.


Subsequent to this in 2014 - 2015 I worked in collaboration with my dissertation supervisor at Newcastle University and the Professor in Fetal Medicine at Newcastle hospitals as the lead researcher for the qualitative sub-component of a large Health Technology Assessment (HTA) funded study. The study explored the acceptability of a genetic test proposed for use in prenatal testing for fetal abnormalities. I undertook interviews and data analysis of 40 participants including health professionals, commissioners as well as women and their partners (see publication listed below).


More recently, I have been involved with the development of National and local strategies for developing Clinical Academic Careers and raising the profile of the clinical research nurse.  Working closely with organisations such as the NIHR NENC CRN , The Royal College of Nurses, Health Education North East and Higher Education Institutions to engage the NMAHP workforce in opportunities for clinical academic career development.

Claire Leader

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Communicating Effectively using the TALKS mnemonic, Leader, C. 27 Jun 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • How to stop nurses leaving, Leader, C. 10 Jan 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Evaluation of array comparative genomic hybridisation in prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomalies: a multi centre cohort study with cost analysis and assessment of patient, health professional and commissioner preferences for array comparative genomic hybridisation., Robson, S., Chitty, L., Morris, S., Verhoef, T., Ambler, G., Wellesley, D., Graham, R., Leader, C., Fisher, J., Crolla, J. 1 Feb 2017, In: Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation


  • Education PGCert April 01 2020
  • Sociology MA November 01 2012
  • Midwifery BSc (Hons) March 01 2005
  • Nursing Studies Advanced Diploma July 08 1999

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