Dr Matthew Allsop
- Position: University Academic Fellow (YCR)
- Areas of expertise: palliative care; cancer; digital technology; health research; user involvement; global health; sub-Saharan Africa; service evaluation
- Email: M.J.Allsop@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 4185
- Location: Level 10 Worsley Building
- Website: Twitter | Researchgate
I am a University Academic Fellow funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research. My research explores the development of palliative care services including the design and implementation of technology-based interventions.
I obtained my PhD from the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds in 2010. On completion of my PhD, I moved to industry supporting medical device manufacturers with user involvement and early economic evaluation. I returned to the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow in Applied Health in 2011 working with NHS clinical commissioners across Leeds, prior to joining the Academic Unit of Palliative Care in 2012. I also hold an honorary contract with Bradford Institute for Health Research.
Current responsibilities include:
- University of Leeds Global Health Theme, Sub-theme lead: global cancer services
- Member of University of Leeds Africa Regional Advisory Group
My research explores the development of palliative care services, often with a focus on the role of technology. My research activity is primarily in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.
My research as a primary investigator includes the following projects:
- Research England QR GCRF 2018: "Understanding the role of digital technologies to enhance palliative cancer care delivery in low- and middle-income settings"
- Yorkshire Cancer Research 2018: University Academic Fellowship, "Connected Cancer Care Yorkshire: Maximising engagement with digital technology to support better care of patients with advanced cancer"
- Medical Research Council 2018: "Understanding data and information needs for palliative cancer care to target mobile phone-based intervention development in Uganda and Zimbabwe"
- Leeds Palliative and End of Life Care Managed Clinical Network 2018: "Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination Systems (EPaCCS) evaluation in Leeds and Bradford"
- Wellcome Institutional Strategy Support Fund 2016: Academic Secondment Fellowship (with Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association)
- NHS Leeds South and East CCG 2015: "Evaluation of an Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination System (EPaCCS) across Leeds"
- University of Leeds, International Research Collaboration Award 2015: "The role of mobile technology in supporting symptom management for palliative care patients in sub-Saharan Africa"
- University of Leeds, Engagement Excellence Scheme 2014: “What is palliative care? Consulting hospice shop volunteers to devise a public engagement strategy”
- Wellcome Trust, Small Grant Scheme 2013: “Hospice volunteers as facilitators of public engagement in cancer pain research”
- Wellcome Trust, Biomedical Summer Studentship Bursary 2012: “The effect of visuomotor task performance on postural stability in older adults”
- Nuffield, Summer Studentship Science Bursary 2009: “Engaging children in health-related design processes”
Projects funded as a co-investigator or collaborator include:
- Research England QR GCRF 2019: “Telerehabilitation to improve the quality of life of individuals with long term disabilities in Nepal” (click for a video providing an overview of the project)
- University of Leeds Pump-priming for Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives 2019: “A user-centred approach to develop a new garment orthosis for improving movement in children with cerebral palsy”
- Global Crucible 2019: “Developing a low-cost digital platform to improve Continuing Professional Development in rehabilitation for healthcare professionals in Madagascar”
- IASP Developing Countries Project: Initiative for Improving Pain Education 2019: “Project OPUS – Online pain education for Nigerian medical undergraduate students"
- BuildCARE (Building Capacity, Access, Rights and Empowerment) palliative care research grants scheme 2017: "Mapping palliative care service provision in the expanded Eastern region of sub-Saharan Africa"
- Biomedical and Health Research Centre, University of Leeds 2012: "Evaluating the benefits of gamma knife surgery for patients with trigeminal neuralgia"
Previous public engagement activity as a contributor includes:
- “Searching for Meaning”, 2019: An award-winning documentary which looks at life, death, and palliative and end of life care
Current postgraduate students:
PhD student supervision
- Will Goodman (together with Rebecca Beeken and Amy Downing). Research title: Using advanced quantitative methods to explore physical activity and quality of life in patients with a stoma.
- Asma Abahussin (together with Lucy Ziegler, Robert West, and David Wong). Research title: A health informatics approach for recording pain and supporting effective pain management in cancer patients.
- Emmanuel Leshak (together with Bassey Ebenso and Cathy Brennan). Research title: Psycho-social impacts of community-based management of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Nigeria.
Clinical psychology doctoral student supervision
- Hayley Scanlon (together with Gary Latchford). Working title: The Levels and Experiences of Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction in UK Hospice Social Workers.
- BSc Psychology
- PhD Mechanical Design Engineering
My current teaching roles include:
- Tutor, Individuals and Populations on MBChB, School of Medicine
- Supervisor, BSc in Applied Health (Primary Care), Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
- Tutor, Research, Evaluation and Special Studies, School of Medicine
- Supervisor, Extended Student-led Research or Evaluation Project, School of Medicine
- Lecturer, BSc in International Health, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
- Lecturer, Masters module on non-communicable diseases, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
Research groups and institutes
- Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health
- St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care
- International health research
- Palliative care
- Research at the Nuffield Centre of International Health and Development
- Leeds Institute of Health Sciences