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Liz Glidewell
Senior Lecturer in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement



Liz has a professional background as a social scientist. Across her career she has amassed specialist methodological skills in evidence synthesis (systematic reviews, qualitative reviews and realist synthesis) and the application of sociological and psychological theory that allows her to systematically co-develop and rigorously evaluate complex intervention strategies to promote the uptake of evidence based practices into routine practice in the NHS.


  • Fellow of the higher education academy/2010
  • Associate of the higher education academy/2009
  • PhD public health/2008, University of Aberdeen
  • MSc public health and health services research/1998, University of Aberdeen
  • MA sociology 2:1/1997, University of Aberdeen



Liz aims to improve the uptake of evidence-based practice to benefit patients. She has specialist knowledge of Psychological and Sociological theories of behaviour change. She develops and evaluates interventions to change professional and patient behaviour. Liz also contributes to both the empirical and theoretical evidence base to optimise implementation research, e.g. establishing the evidence base for implementation interventions (systematic reviews, narrative reviews and scoping reviews); optimising the selection and content of intervention components and evaluating such interventions in the UK National Health Service using cluster randomised trials and parallel process evaluations.


NIHR Programme grants

  • Towards safer deliver and monitoring of cancer treatments. Electronic patient self-reporting of adverse-events: Patient Information and advice (eRAPID)
  • Theory-based implementation of high impact clinical guideline recommendations in general practice (ASPIRE).
  • Implementation of Research into Clinical Practice: Optimal use of Blood for Transfusion to improve the Quality of Patient Care (AFFINITIE). 

Research group(s)

Health Services & Policy Group


Liz is particularly interested in supporting projects in Implementation Science, Quality Improvement, Intervention Design, and Process Evaluation.


Full publications list

External activities

Editorial duties

Liz is a behavioural scientist expert on the NIHR Programme grants committee and an Editor of Implementation Science.

Invited talks and conferences

2nd National congress on Medical Education

A workshop and plenary on developing effective implementation interventions for action. Delivered to a consortium of all Portugese Medical Schools with attendees from Brazil and Spain.

Three day international workshop and seminar developed and delivered in collaboration with NICE International

A two day training workshop for guideline developers from a consortium of four Columbian Universities.  This was followed by a half day seminar that was delivered to the Ministry For Health, Pharmacological Companies, Insurers and Clinicians in Bogota, Columbia.

Liz Glidewell

Contact details

Dr Liz Glidewell
Senior Lecturer in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Tel: 01904 32(1723)