Jakki Birtwistle

Jakki Birtwistle


Jakki’s current project is “OPTIMAL CARE” and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research. This project aims to understand how Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination Systems (systems that support the documenting and sharing of care preferences) are currently being used in routine care and how their implementation can be improved to maximise the benefit to patients.

Research interests

Psychological approaches in physical health and illness

Palliative Care

Role of technology in health services

Process evaluation of clinical trials

Process evaluation of health service delivery

Qualitative methods

Professional memberships

  • British Psychological Society

Student education

I tutor on the Individuals & Populations Year 1 Undergraduate Medicine (MBChB) course. This course has a focus on the psychological and societal aspects of behaviour and human development, their role in health and illness and treatment of medical problems.

Research groups and institutes

  • St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences