Janine Bestall


I am a Senior Research Fellow in Applied Health Research in the Division of Health Services Research at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. I am also the site lead for the Leeds spoke of the NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber (RDS YH) and an RDS YH Advisor supporting researchers and health professionals to develop proposals to obtain funding from NIHR, the Research Councils and medical research charities that are members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

I have a degree in psychology and completed my PhD at St Bartholomews and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and St Georges Hospital Medical School evaluating a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with moderate and severe COPD. I have worked for the Cochrane Collaboration undertaking systematic reviews as part of the Cochrane Airways group and also as a research fellow on a range of projects in primary care and palliative care. In 2005 I took a break from research for seven years and  was employed as a public health commissioner for Kirklees Primary Care Trust, commissioning and delivering services for patients with long term conditions and supporting the public health intelligence unit with the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment. I was the portfolio manager for a range of services including Health Trainers, Expert Patients Programme, the Public Health Resource Centre, Diabetes Education (DESMOND), and leading the development of a collaborative programme of training for professionals to support patients with long term conditions to self-care. This encompassed brief intervention training, the House of Care for diabetes and cognitive behavioural therapy for managing pain and other symptoms.




  • Research Design Service (RDS) Site Lead
  • Research Design Service Advisor
  • Qualitative researcher

Research interests

My research interests are integrated care models, self-care and long-term conditions, decision making in health, and patients understanding of risks. I am interested in qualitative research. participatory research methods, co-production and public involvement and engagement. I work as part of a multidiscplinary team to answer high priority questions in healthcare.

My current role as the site lead for the RDS YH in Leeds involves working with a team of specialist and generic advisors to support researchers and health professionals to develop competitive funding applications. In my role as an RDS Advisor I provide generic advice about the application process, funding streams, impact, public involvement and engagement. I also provide specialist advice about qualitative methods.  A recent project focussed on involving patients and the public to find out about their knowledge of biomarker tests and the risks around having these tests and interpreting results. We developed a film and information leaflet with the NIHR DEC PPI group and a Charity called LiVERNORTHas part of this work. I was the qualitative researcher as part of a Team working with the Leeds Clinical Trials Unit to assess the feasbility of running an RCT comparing SABR to Surgery for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

I review funding applications and reports as part of my role at NIHR and I am a reviewer for BMJ open.


  • PhD Respiratory Medicine
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

Student education

I am a personal tutor for students on Masters courses at LIHS. I also mark masters projects and support the PhD transfer process. I provide one to one coaching and support for health professionals interested in obtaining research funding.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Health Services Research Division