Dr Kate Hill

Dr Kate Hill


Kate is a Senior Research Fellow working for the Research Design Service.


PhD Medicine, University of Leeds, 2008

MSc (Distinction) Health Sciences, University of York, 2000

BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University College London, 1974

Previous roles

Research Assistant in the Department of Geriatric Medicine, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham 1990-91.

Research Assistant in the Department of Respiratory Medicine based initially at Killingbeck Hospital and later at Leeds General Infirmary.

In 2002, Kate moved to the Department of Psychiatry, University of Leeds, to take up an appointment as a Research Officer managing a five-year longitudinal study of outcomes for people with stroke.

After a period in the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine at St James's University Hopsital, working as Research Fellow on the COMPASS (SuPaC) collaboration, Kate moved back to the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. She was appointed Senior Research Fellow in September 2009 to co-ordinate the Vascular Theme of the Leeds, York, Bradford CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care): Improving prevention of vascular events in primary care (Improve-PC).

Kate is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

Major project work includes: IMPROVE-PC: Improving prevention of vascular disease in primary care, a research theme in LYBRA CLAHRC: Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Theme £3m, 2008–13, CLAHRC £18.1m 2008–13. PI: Professor Allan House. IMPROVE-PC was a portfolio of vascular themed research studies within the National Institute for Health Research CLAHRC for Leeds, York, and Bradford to address the overall aim of promoting better health behaviours for patients at high risk of vascular events. Several papers have been published from the IMPROVE work streams (see publications section for details).

Completed PhD students

Theresa Munyombwe: Methods of modelling data to predict outcomes for stroke patients. Co-supervised with Dr George Ellison, Professor Robert West and Dr Yu-Kang Tu. Joyce Coker: The importance of taking a statin on the adoption of healthy lifestyle choices: a cross-cultural comparison. Co-supervised with Professor Allan House.

Professional activities

The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund, Trustee and Director, pro bono Research Manager for the fund; Chair of Trustees Pudsey Wellbeing Charity; Member of the European Lung Foundation Council and Chair of the Patient Advisory Committee; Co-Lead of the Mesothelioma Core Network in the European Rare Disease Network (ERN-Lung); National Institute of Clinical Excellence: Third Sector Consultation Group member.


  • RDS Advisor

Research interests

Current research interests

Research in lung cancer and mesothelioma

Continuity of care 

Patient and Public Involvement

Applied health research in long-term conditions: cardiovascular disease, stroke and chronic respiratory disease.


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc (Hons)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Health Services Research Division
  • Health services research