Dr Anna Winterbottom

Dr Anna Winterbottom


I am a research psychologist in the Leeds Renal Services, St James University Hospital, Leeds and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences – School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds.

My expertise is in using mixed methods to investigate how people make decisions about treatment and care plans for chronic kidney disease, what factors enable services to support people with kidney disease, and their families, to be involved proactively in their care, and evaluating the integration of decision aid interventions on service delivery and patient outcomes. [Orcid ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-1206-9430]

I have a PhD in Patient Decision Making about Dialysis from the University of Leeds (2009), an MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health (University of Leeds 2005), an MSc in Health Psychology (University of the West of England 2002), and a BSc in Psychology (Lancaster University 1999). I am a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society 2005).


2014+ Research Psychologist. The Leeds Renal Services,  Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds

2010-2014 Research Psychologist The Sheffield Renal Services,  Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust, Sheffield

2009-2010 Research Psychologist, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford

2005-2009 Doctoral Student, School of Psychology, Leeds

2004-2005 Research Psychologist, Psychosocial-oncology research group. University of Leeds.

2002-2004 Researcher, Medical Research Council, Bristol

Research interests

My methods draw on shared decision making, health literacy and self-management support frameworks to develop the types of complex interventions needed to innovate practice, working in collaboration with health professionals, patient partners, health service methodologists, and decision scientists. Outputs from the following projects include research-informed patient decision aids, health professional training and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Development of a resource for health professionals to facilitate conversations with people with kidney disease about end of life (Kidney Care UK/British Renal Society 2021-2022, principal investigator)
  • Living kidney donation within BAME communities: establishing the need for a decision support intervention (co-supervisor of Ahmed Ahmed medical doctoral research 2021-2023)
  • Examination of the barriers and facilitators to living kidney donation in the BAME community (Kidney Research Yorkshire 2020-2021, co-investigator)
  • Professional Scoping Review to Examine Care Priorities and Outcomes for Frail Older Patients with Advanced CKD (Kidney Care UK/British Renal Society 2018-2020, collaborator)
  • Dialysis Decisions Getting the Right Balance: survey of stakeholder views (University of Bristol 2019, co-investigator)
  • People’s involvement in a family member’s treatment decision for advanced kidney disease  (co-supervisor of Angharad Jones doctoral research 2018-2020)
  • Development of the Yorkshire Dialysis and Conservative Care Decision Aid (YoDCA; Kidney Research Yorkshire 2017-2020, principal investigator)
  • Developing the Yorkshire Dialysis Decision Aid (YoDDA, Kidney Research UK 2011-2014, researcher)
  • Understanding the role of patient stories in dialysis decisions (University of Leeds, 2006-2009, Doctoral Student)
  • Critical evaluation of leaflets to inform dialysis decisions in UK renal services (University of Leeds, 2005-2006, pre-doctoral student)
  • Patient Safety in Education and Training: A randomised controlled trial (Bradford Institute for Health Research 2009-2011, researcher)
  • Development of the Social Difficulties Inventory (University of Leeds 2004-2005, researcher)
  • Investigating upper limb pain in primary care (Medical Research Council 2002-2004, researcher)
  • Investigating patients’ experience of the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer (University of the West of England, 2003, researcher)


  • PhD in Patient Decision Making about Dialysis (University of Leeds)
  • MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health (University of Leeds)
  • MSc in Health Psychology (University of the West of England)
  • BSc in Psychology (Lancaster University)

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (2005)
  • Member, Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society, UK (2002+)
  • Member, British Psychological Society (2002)

Student education

Co-Lead for the Extended Student-led Research or Evaluation Project ESREP in MBChB Years 4,5. 

Lecturer in Health Psychology – Gateway to Medicine Programme.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Complex interventions
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