• Health and wellbeing Research Methodology and Implementation (HeRMI) Hub


Our group provides methodological expertise to support the generation, translation, and implementation of evidence for innovation and improvement in health care.

Expertise and subject areas

The Health Research Methodology and Implementation Hub consists of personnel with expertise in core areas of applied health research (statistics, trial design, epidemiology, systematic review, implementation science), in addition to a virtual team drawing on wider research methods expertise in health economics, informatics, user engagement and qualitative research. Together with personnel from the Research Support Team, Clinical Trials Unit, and laboratory based facilities, Hub members support research and review design, data management and analysis in projects in all research themes across the Breakthrough Health and Wellbeing theme, as well as working on specific research collaborations in the School and the wider University.


Our methodological expertise is recognised by funding as specialist methods advisors for systematic review and trial design for the NIHR Research Design Service for the North West, in addition to:

  • Membership of the NIHR College of Experts and Clinical Studies groups
  • Statistical editorship, and provision of statistical services for NHS Trusts
  • NIHR research methods fellowship award
  • Contracting for provision of advice and support to the Department of Health Informatics Directorate

Courses and Postgraduate Study


Dr Lois Thomas
Reader in Health Services Research
School of Health
Brook Building, BB434
+44 (0)1772 893643

Lois is a Reader in Health Services Research. Her research is focussed on implementation and evaluation of complex interventions. She is particularly interested in innovative methods of transferring research evidence into practice, and of managing service user involvement in research. Lois manages the PGCert in Research Methods in Health and Social Care.

Dr Margaret Anne Hurley
Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics
School of Health
Brook Building, BB218
+44 (0)1772 895429
Margaret is a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society and has a PhD by published work which focussed on modelling. She has maintained professional accreditation status with the Royal Statistical Society, has over 35 years professional experience as an applied statistician and has broad experience in statistics in medicine, health, biology, ecology and in the social sciences. Margaret's particular interest is in epidemiology and observational studies.

Dr Svetlana Tishkovskaya
School of Health
Brook Building, BB434
+44 (0)1772 892730

Svetlana is a Lecturer in Health Statistics. Her research interests are in the field of medical statistics and Bayesian modelling driven by applications, mainly in medicine, health, ecology and environmental science. She is also interested in statistics education and innovations in teaching and learning statistics. Svetlana have previously worked at the University of Sheffield and Lancaster University.

Dr Steve Willcocks
Principal Lecturer in Management
Strategy and Enterprise Division / Lancashire Business School
Greenbank Building 263
+44 (0)1772 893410

Steve started his academic career at Salford Business School in 1989 before moving to UCLAN in 1995. Prior to this he worked in the NHS in a variety of roles in planning and general management. Steve has teaching and research interests in leadership and management for health professionals. He is also a research Degree tutor.

Dr Beverley Ellis
Principal Lecturer
School of Health
Brook Building, BB242
+44 (0)1772 892786
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Beverley is currently working as Principal Lecturer in Health Informatics, overseeing a portfolio of academic, professional, commercial projects and events. She commenced employment within the NHS in 1973, accepting an academic post at UCLan in 2002. Her background includes managing one of the first integrated primary health care teams that developed and utilised a unified electronic record. Beverely was also a member of the software development panel of one of the main GP system suppliers and am a Chartered IT Professional (MBCS CITP). She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, having completed PhD studies in 2008 (Governance of quality improvement programmes in two PCTs).Beverely has published a series of publications to disseminate the results of my research using a complex adaptive system theoretical framework, which helps to explain the findings- see Journal of Informatics in Primary Care.

John Howard
Senior Lecturer
School of Health
Brook Building, BB321
+44 (0)1772 893873

John is a Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics within the School Health at the University of Central Lancashire and Course Leader for the MSc in Health Informatics, UCLan’s first e-Learning masters programme. Currently his research is focused on the development of Innovation Competency in SME’s.

Ralph Leavey
Senior Research Fellow
School of Health
Brook Building, BB427
+44 (0)1772 895526

Ralph’s research interests include: exploring peoples’ own perceptions of their health and health problems and their experiences of trying to get help from health services.

He has been involved in the design and analysis of large-scale sample surveys and some more detailed studies into these aspects of health using a range of data collection techniques.

Jane Burnell
Data Coordinator - Lancashire Clinical Trials
School of Health
Brook Building, BB443
+44 (0)1772 892374




Related research groups

The group has links with all of the research groupings in the Breakthrough Health and Wellbeing research theme. We work in cross-university collaborations with the Schools of Psychology, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Dental and Medical Education, Social Work, and Sports, Tourism and the Outdoors,

Related Projects

  • Systematic review
  • Trial design and management for the evaluation of complex interventions
  • Implementation and service delivery
  • Statistics
  • Health informatics