Miss Candice Downey

Miss Candice Downey


I obtained my medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Leeds in 2011, having undertaken a BSc in Physiology at King's College London in 2009.  I obtained my PhD from the University of Leeds in 2020 as part of an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship.

I have undertaken integrated academic training for most of my career, having undertaken an Academic Foundation Programme and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Surgery. I am currently an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Surgery with a special interest in Acute Care.  

Research interests

My current research interests include evaluating how to improve outcomes for patients who undergo surgery.  I am interested in the assessment of quality of life and decision making, especially in the emergency setting.  Members of my team are working on wearable monitors to improve patient outcomes.

My PhD evaluated continuous remote vital signs monitoring for hospital patients using a wearable, wireless patch.  In addition to two clinical trials, the Fellowship included a significant qualitative component to assess patients’ and nurses’ experiences of the new technology, and a health economics analysis.


  • MBChB
  • PhD
  • PGDip
  • MRCS

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Academic Surgery Colorectal Research Group
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