Dr. Michael Leathley

Research Fellow and Principal Lecturer

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB416

+44 (0) 1772 89 3647

Michael has worked in the Clinical Practice Research Unit since 2002, where he contributes to many of the ongoing stroke research projects. His research interests include long-term follow-up of stroke patients and the economics of stroke care. Michael currently teaches on the postgraduate programmes (stroke and research methods) in School of Health. He supervises student dissertations (for taught masters) and is currently supervising six MPhil/PhD students.

Positions of Responsibility

Steering Committee for the UK Forum for Stroke Training (UKFST)

Research related

External reviewer for the journals: Age and Ageing; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Biomed Central; BMJ; Clinical Rehabilitation; Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine; Stroke.
External reviewer for the funding bodies: Action Medical Research; Health Research Board (Ireland);
National Institute for Health Research (Programme Grants & Research for Patient Benefit Grants); Stroke Association


French, B, Leathley, M, Sutton, C, McAdam, J, Thomas, L, Forster, A, Langhorne, P, Price, C, Walker, A and Watkins, C (2008) A systematic review of repetitive task training with modelling of resource use, costs and effectiveness. Health Technology Assessment, 12 (30). pp. 1-117. ISSN 1366-5278

Jones, Steph, Carter, Bernie, Ford, GA, Gibson, Josephine, Leathley, Michael John, Mcadam, Joanna, O'Donnell, M, Punekar, S, Quinn, T and Watkins, Caroline Leigh (2013) The identification of acute stroke: an analysis of emergency calls. International Journal of Stroke, 8 (6). pp. 408-412. ISSN 1747-4930

Jones, Stephanie, Jenkinson, A. J., Leathley, Michael John and Watkins, Caroline Leigh (2010) Stroke knowledge and awareness: an integrative review of the evidence. Age and Ageing, 39 (1). pp. 11-22. ISSN 0002-0729

Leathley, Michael John, Jones, Stephanie, Gibson, Josephine, Ford, Gary A., Mcadam, Joanna, Quinn, Tom and Watkins, Caroline Leigh (2013) "Can you send an ambulance please?": a comparison of callers' requests for emergency medical dispatch in non-stroke and stroke calls. Emergency Medicine Journal . p. 1. ISSN 1472-0205

More publications


Diploma. Health Economics Research, University of Keele, 1999

Ph.D. Psychopharmacology, University of Liverpool, 1994

B.A. (Hons). Psychology, University of Liverpool, 1986


Member of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation.

Member of the North West Research Design Service (RDS)

Member of the Steering Committee for the UK Stroke Forum Education & Training


Postgraduate programmes (Stroke Research Methods) in School of Health.

Research Supervision

Student Dissertations (for taught Masters)
Six MPhil/ Students


Current Projects

SEFF - Implementing Stroke Specific Education Framework

Testing the effects of Early Supported Discharge training on staff knowledge and skills. Wessex HIEC. 2012.

Stroke Workforce Development Project. Cheshire and Merseyside Cardiac and Stroke Network. 2011.

Lancashire Initiative for Nursing and Caring research in Stroke (LINCS 2). Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Flexibility and Sustainability Funds. 2011.

Lancashire Initiative for Nursing and Caring research in Stroke (LINCS). Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Flexibility and Sustainability Funds. 2010.

ASTUTE: Acute stroke telemedicine: Utility, Training and Evaluation. NIHR RfPB. 2010

ICONS: Identifying continence options after stroke. NIHR. 2008.

Emergency Stroke Calls: Obtaining Rapid Telephone Triage (ESCORTT). NIHR. 2007.


Previous Projects

B&NES Stroke Rehabilitation Service Review. NHS Bath and North East Somerset. 2011.
Designing an Aphasia Friendly Needs Questionnaire for Stroke. NHS Manchester. 2009-2010.
Implementing stroke specific education framework: developing and evaluating a toolkit. Department of Health. 2009-2011.
Facilitating stroke specific education and training: exploring needs and implementation. Department of Health. 2009-2011.
RESPONSE: Rapid Emergency Stroke Pathways: Organised Systems and Education. Cumbria and Lancashire Workforce Development Confederation. 2003-2008.
Acute Stroke Training On-line. Department of Health. 2007-2008.
Acute Stroke Projections. Department of Health. 2007-2008.
A systematic review of repetitive task training with modelling of resource use, costs and effectiveness. NIHR HTA. 2005-2008.
Informing the development of local needs led services for stroke synthesis of local and regional data. Salford Primary Care Trust. 2003-2006.
UK Stroke Survivor Needs Survey - Information Mapping Exercise. The Stroke Association. 2008.
Motivational Interviewing: altering outcome after stroke. NHS Executive North West. 2002-2005.
Exercise training after stroke: a feasibility study. Action Medical Research. 2002.
Development and Evaluation of an Assessment of Risk for Handling and Moving of Stroke patients (ARHMS). 2002-2003.