Judy Wright

Judy Wright


I am a senior information specialist and chartered 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, realist reviews, evidence syntheses, research proposal scoping, economic evaluations and cost-effectiveness models.

Our team collaborates on over 40 projects with research staff within AUHE, the University and with colleagues in other Universities, NHS trusts and industry partners. I am also an advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber, conducting ‘evidence check’ searches and scoping evidence synthesis projects for local NHS trusts and organisations

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

Research methods training videos

Finding Evidence to Support Your Research Proposal short video series on behalf of the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber. December 2019

Systematic Review Webinars by IMPACT, NIHR Global Health Research Group IMPACT in South Asia & Cochrane Common Mental Disorders, August 2020 

  • Literature Searching Part 1. Choosing databases and resources. Recording and reporting the sources you have searched.
  • Literature Searching Part 2. How to design a search using PICO. Overview of reference management software.  Recording and reporting all search activities.

Systematic Review Webinars by AMIPS & RESPONSE projects, November 2020

Systematic Review SearchTips for Information Professionals, UHMLG Spring Forum, April 2020


Current research projects (selected):

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

COMMIT: Caring Optimally: promoting effective Mouth MInuTes in care homes (NIHR PGfAR)

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

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 (NIHR HS&DR)

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

ISCOMAT: 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. (NIHR GHRG)

REACH: REcruiting and RetAining nurses, and carers in Care Homes: what works, for which staff, under what circumstances, and at what cost? The REACH Realist Review (NIHR HS&DR)

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)

Strategies to address unprofessional behaviours among staff in acute healthcare settings: a realist review (NIHR HS&DR)

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) and Cochrane Handbook Chapters
  • 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)

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

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. (NIHR HS&DR)

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

FIAT: 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. (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)


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

Professional memberships

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

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
  • Course Director of Leeds Mixed Methods Systematic Review Courses (CPD)
  • 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