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Dr Laura Jefferson
Research Fellow



Laura Jefferson is a research fellow in the Health Policy Research Group and currently works on a Department of Health Policy Research Programme: “Supporting Policy Development and Evaluating Change: A Fast Response Analytical Facility.” This programme of research aims to improve the quality of evidence upon which strategic health policy decisions are based, by providing expert advice, policy briefings and empirical and theoretical analysis.

Having joined the Department of Health Sciences in 2003, Laura has developed research skills in a range of areas including qualitative methods, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviewing, and questionnaire design and implementation. Laura has a particular interest in the use of mixed methods approaches in health services research.

Laura has a keen interest in health policy, particularly medical workforce productivity. For her doctoral thesis, Laura explored gender differences in the working lives of medical doctors, with the aim of identifying reasons for reported gender differences in hospital consultants’ activity rates.


  • MSc
  • BSc
  • PhD

Departmental roles

  • Co-chair of the Department of Health Sciences Contract Research Forum
  • Initiated (and now co-ordinates) the Qualitative Research Group, Department of Health Sciences



Laura's research interests include pragmatic randomised trials, qualitative research methods, medical workforce productivity and gender in medicine.


Laura's current projects are:

  • Supporting Policy Development And Evaluating Change: A Fast Response Analytical Facility

Previous projects

Laura has previously worked on:

Research group(s)


Full publications list



  • Masters supervision and Thesis Advisory Panel member
  • Laura would be open to supervising Masters or PhD students in projects using mixed methods research, or with a focus on medical workforce and policy research

External activities

Editorial duties

  • Reviewer for funding bodies including Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK)
  • Reviewer for journals including BMJ Open, Journal of Women's Health and Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 

Invited talks and conferences

  • Invited by British Medical Association to present: 'Exploring the working lives of hospital consultants: a pilot questionnaire survey,' Bloor, K and Jefferson, L (Apr 2013)
  • Falling Walls presentation at University of York: 'Women in medicine - how far have we come?' (Apr 2017)
  • HSRN Symposium: Delivering better health services: poster presentation: 'Systematic review of the effect of physicians' gender on communication in medical consultations' (Jun 2012)
  • Medical Women's Federation conference, London: poster presentation: 'Systematic review of the effect of physicians' gender on communication in medical consultations (Nov 11)
  • Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh: Equal opportunities in medicine (Sept 11)
  • 'Meeting of Disciplines' ARRC conference: poster presentation: 'The performance of a modified infection checklist for leg ulcer management' (Jul 09)

Prizes and Awards

  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Poster Abstract Prize, Medical Women's Federation conference (Nov 2016)
  • Departmental studentship for doctoral study (2010-2013)
  • Departmental studentship for MSc study (2007-2008)

Laura Jefferson

Contact details

Laura Jefferson
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 321511