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

Research interests

My current research activity includes literature searching and evidence gathering for the following projects:

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

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

CONTRAST: Establishing components of interventions to reduce restrictive practices with children and young people: an evidence synthesis

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

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

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

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)

I am an adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber.

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

Past projects include:

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)

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


  • MSc Information Management, University of Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Liverpool
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

Professional memberships

  • Health Libraries Group (CILIP)
  • Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group
  • Yorkshire and Humber Health Library and Knowledge Network YOHHLNet
  • CILIP Leaders Network

Student education

  • Information skills on postgraduate and undergraduate modules (search methods, health databases, eg MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, and reference management software, eg EndNote)
  • Systematic review short courses at the University of Leeds and Nottingham University
  • 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