Natalie King

Natalie King


I am an Information Specialist in the Academic Unit of Health Economics (AUHE) and is a member of the Test Evaluation Group. I joined AUHE in June 2015 after 7 years of working in the NHS as a Clinical Librarian. I am responsible for delivering literature searches for projects and provides support with reference management and current awareness tools. I also have a broad background in biomedical research having worked as a Research Assistant on a number of projects at Universities in Australia and the UK.

You can find out more about our information services and support for research on the AUHE information specialists website

Current and Recent Research

I provide advice and literature searches as part of the following external research collaborations:

Below is a selection of research projects I provide Information Specialist services for:

Current Projects (selected)

  • ALABAMA (ALlergy AntiBiotics And Microbial resistAnce): Penicillin allergy status and its effect on antimicrobial prescribing, patient outcomes, and antimicrobial resistance. (NIHR PGfAR)
  • COMMIT: Caring Optimally: promoting effective Mouth MInuTes in care homes (NIHR PGfAR)
  • COSTAR Community Engagement for Antimicrobial Resistance (UKRI/GCRF)
  • PROSPER Personalised care planning to improve quality of life for older people with frailty (NIHR PGfAR)
  • REACH: REcruiting and RetAining nurses, and carers in Care Homes: what works, for which staff, under what circumstances, and at what cost? The REACH Realist Review (NIHR HS&DR)
  • SAFE-PIT The Self-harm, Assessment, Formulation, Engagement Trial of Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (NIHR HTA)

Past projects (selected)

  • AMIPS Improving equitable access to essential medicines in Ghana through bridging the gaps in implementing medicines pricing policy (NIHR Global Health, Policy and Systems Research Programme)
  • Community dialogues in Bangladesh: preventing and controlling antibiotic resistance in Bangladesh (ESRC)
  • CONTRAST: Establishing components of interventions to reduce restrictive practices with children and young people: an evidence synthesis (NIHR HS&DR)
  • CRIMSON: Considering Risk and benefits In Multiple Sclerosis treatment selection (MS Society)
  • MALDI- AKI Diagnostic accuracy study of a MALDI-MS biomarker of acute kidney injury after fractured neck of femur surgery (Chief Scientists Office, Scotland)
  • SafetyNet. Do networked information technologies improve patient safety? A realist synthesis (NIHR HS&DR)
  • Self-harm and suicidal content online: a review of the evidence. (Samaritans Online Harms Programme 2020)
  • SINC-Urban How Socially INClusive are sustainable Urban developments in Nigeria and Vietnam (QR GCRF / Research England)
  • Systematic review of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of digital supportive interventions for people with cancer that cannot be cured (Macmillan, joint project with Leeds Beckett University)
  • LU Pump priming projects:-
    • A scoping review of the diagnostic literature for venous leg ulceration
    • A meta-analysis of cognitive-based behaviour change techniques as interventions to improve medication adherence: project update and novel application of the Behaviour Change Technique (BCT) Taxonomy
    • SmartyPants University of Leeds Crucible project


  • MSc Information Management, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University of Western Australia

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Information skills on postgraduate and undergraduate modules (search methods, health databases, systematic review protocols, research dissemination tools and reference management software, (eg MEDLINE, Web of Science, EndNote, ResearchGate)
  • Systematic review short courses at the University of Leeds and Nottingham University
  • Mixed Methods Review course

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Test Evaluation Group
  • Evidence Synthesis Group
  • Health economics
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics