Judy Wright

Judy Wright


I am a senior information specialist and qualified librarian leading the information specialist team in Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS) and supporting the management of the Academic Unit of Health Economics (AUHE). I manage a portfolio of information specialist work including custom-made literature searching, reference management and search methodology advice for systematic reviews, evidence syntheses, research proposal scoping, economic evaluations and cost-effectiveness models. The information specialist team collaborates on over 40 projects with research staff within AUHE, across the University and colleagues in other Universities, NHS trusts and industry partners. Information specialist support is offered to research staff in NHS Trusts across Yorkshire via the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber.

AUHE Information Specialists website  (for description of our services, support, free downloads and guides) 

In 2002 I joined the University of Leeds as an Information Specialist (Trials Search Co-ordinator) for the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group. In 2007 I joined three health economists to form the Academic Unit of Health Economics.

Work prior to 2002

  • Information Officer, Leeds Beckett University
  • Knowledge Agent, Qinetic (formerly Defence Evaluation Research Agency)
  • Assistant Librarian, Guy's Hospital Medical School Library, KCL
  • Information Officer, British Steel Technology Centre

Research interests

As an Information Specialist adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber I recorded short videos on ‘Finding Evidence to Support Your Research Proposal’:


Current research projects (selected):

ALABAMA: Penicillin allergy status and its effect on antimicrobial prescribing, patient outcomes, and antimicrobial resistance (NIHR PGfAR)

DIADEM Developing and evaluating an adapted behavioural activation intervention for people with depression and diabetes in South Asia

DIAMONDS: Developing and evaluating a diabetes self-management education intervention for people with severe mental illness. (NIHR PGfAR)

FRAMES: Practices of falls risk assessment and prevention in acute hospital settings: A realist investigation

FReSHSTART: Function Replacement in repeated Self-Harm: Standardising Therapeutic Assessment and the Related Therapy (NIHR PGfAR)

Improving the safety and continuity of medicines management at care transitions (ISCOMAT) for people with heart failure (NIHR PGfAR)

IMPACT S Asia Improving Mental and Physical Health Together. (York University, NIHR Global Health Research Group)

SINC-Urban How Socially INClusive are sustainable Urban developments in Nigeria and Vietnam (QR GCRF / Research England)

RESPONSE Improving health systems responsiveness to neglected health needs of vulnerable groups in Ghana & Vietnam (Joint MRC / ESRC / DFID / Wellcome Health Systems Research Initiative)            

RISA-IPD ReducIng Self-harm in Adolescents: Individual Patient Data meta-analysis (NIHR HTA Evidence Synthesis)

Understanding criminogenic influences on youth offending (Nuffield Foundation)


I am an Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews Journal (BMC) and Peer Reviewer for:

  • BMJ
  • Cochrane Methodology Reviews (Protocol reviewer) 
  • Evidence-based Library and Information Practice
  • Health Information and Libraries Journal
  • Research Synthesis Methods
  • NIHR grant proposals
  • NIHR final reports

Past projects (selected):

AKI Diagnostics - The future for diagnostic tests of acute kidney injury in critical care: evidence synthesis, care pathway analysis and research prioritisation (NIHR HTA)

Addressing depression in Muslim communities (NIHR RfPB)

ADVOCATE: Added Value of Oral Care. (Horizon 2020)

CIVAS: Evaluation of patient preferences for and cost effectiveness of community intravenous antibiotic services (NIHR HS&DR)

Clinical adoption of artificial intelligence in digital pathologies. NPIC Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative research

CONTRAST Establishing components of interventions to reduce restrictive practices with children and young people: an evidence synthesis. Co-Investigator. (NIHR HS&DR)

COMPARE: Establishing components of programmes to reduce restrictive practices: an evidence synthesis.  Co-Investigator. (NIHR HS&DR)

DIAMONDS: Developing and evaluating a diabetes self-management education intervention for people with severe mental illness. (NIHR PDG)

FIAT (Fistula-in-ano trial) comparing Surgisis® anal fistula plug versus surgeon's preference (advancement flap, fistulotomy, cutting seton) for transsphincteric fistula-in-ano (NIHR HTA)

PARAMEDIC - PreHospital Randomised Assessment of a Mechanical Compression Device in Cardiac Arrest (NIHR)

SafetyNet: Do networked information technologies improve patient safety? A realist synthesis. Co-Investigator. (NIHR HS&DR)

SINC-Urban How Socially INClusive are sustainable Urban developments in Nigeria and Vietnam (QR GCRF / Research England)

UK SAFE Is it safe to completely disinvest in total hip and knee arthroplasty follow-up or will this expose people to harm? Co-Investigator. (NIHR HS&DR)

Understanding the Impacts of Care Farms on the Health and Well-being of Probation Service-users: A Pilot study (NIHR PHR)


  • MSc Information Management, University of Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Liverpool
  • FHEA

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • Health Libraries Group (CILIP)
  • Yorkshire and Humber Health Library and Knowledge Network (YOHHLNet)
  • Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group
  • University Health & Medical Librarians Group (UHMLG)

Student education

  • 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
  • Leeds Mixed Methods Systematic Review Course
  • I founded the LIHS Mini Masterclass staff research skills training (note LIHS Mini Masterclasses are currently paused)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics
  • Applied Health Econometrics Group
  • Decision Modelling Group
  • Evidence Synthesis Group
  • Health economics