Dr Matthew Allsop

Dr Matthew Allsop


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

Research interests

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:

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: 

Current postgraduate students: 

PhD student supervision 

  • Will Goodman (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 (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 (with Bassey Ebenso and Cathy Brennan). Research title: Psychosocial impact of community-based management of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Nigeria.
  • Eme Asuquo (with Kate Absolom and Bassey Ebenso). Research title: The provision of breast cancer survivorship care in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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

Student education

My current teaching roles include:

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
  • Cancer
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Current postgraduate researchers

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