Dr Simon Pini


I am currently a Research Fellow in the Academic Unit of Palliative Care working on a project to improve the timing and quality of referrals into palliative care services for patients with advanced cancer. Prior to this I worked for 10 years in the Patient-Centred Outcomes Research Group at St. James's Hospital, where I had several Research Fellow and Research Assitant roles on various projects. The majority of these roles involved working with oncology patients and professionals to improve aspects of oncology care including; enhanced symptom reporting, questionnaire development for chronic cancer, and expressive writing for patients following mastectomy.

I have a long-term and ongoing interest in teenage and young adult oncology. I worked for five years as a Specialist Learning Mentor with the Teenage and Young Adult Support Service in Leeds. Following on from this I completed a PhD looking at the education engagement and wellbeing of teenagers with cancer. I have also had a Research Fellow post working on a European network of studies aiming to benchmark care for this population across Europe.

I am primarily a qualitative researcher and favour using interview based research to assess experiences of healthcare. I have expertise in using alternative interview methods, such as photo-elicitation interviewing.  


  • PhD - Psychology
  • MSc - Appplied psychology
  • BSc - Human psychology

Student education

I am presently a tutor for the Individuals and Populations course for first-year medical students and give some lectures/seminars in qualitative research methods. I co-supervise two PhD students and one DClin student. I also supervise several ESREP students.

Research groups and institutes

  • St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
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