Lorraine Williams

RN RM BA(Hons) PGCE MSc Public Health

Research Fellow

Room 118

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

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I have a background in clinical healthcare, health policy, education and workforce development.  I am currently working as a researcher within the School's Policy Innovation Research Unit where I have been able to employ my experience in qualitative methods within a number of mixed methods evaluative projects.


Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Alongside my role as tutor and project supervisor to students undertaking the MSc Public Health Course, I have also co-organised and led seminars for the Principles of Social Research Module. I am tutor group representative for the course and advisor for the MSc Public Health half time students. 


My research in the School has largely involved investigating the implementation of health and social care policies in practice, largely relating to choice, both from the perspecitive of the user to those working in the health and social care system.

I am currently involved in a large mixed method national study to evaluate the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act in England, leading on a case study to investigate the implementation of the act within healthcare trusts using normalisation process theory. I am also contributing to a mixed method study looking at food provision in early years settings in England, where my focus has been parental understanding and experience.  

Prior to this I led the qualitative arm of a national evaluation of heatwave planning in England

Recent work involved investigating how personalisation, choice and control are conceptualised and enacted within the care home system; the implementation of policy pilots in local authorities; competition and co-operation in commisisoning healthcare; and the public's voice in commissioning healthcare decisions.

Research Area
Health care policy
Health policy
Health promotion
Health services research
Health systems
Maternal health
Primary care
Public health
Quality improvement
Health services
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Social Policy
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Facilitators of, and barriers to, personalisation in care homes in England: evidence from Care Quality Commission inspection reports
Damant J; Ettelt S; Perkins M; Williams L; Wittenberg R; Mays N
International Journal of Care and Caring
How involved are parents in their child's early years setting's food decisions and practices?
Williams L; Warren E; Knai C
SSM - Qualitative Research in Health
Public attitudes to, and behaviours taken during, hot weather by vulnerable groups: results from a national survey in England.
Erens B; Williams L; Exley J; Ettelt S; Manacorda T; Hajat S; Mays N
BMC public health
What kind of home is your care home? A typology of personalised care provided in residential and nursing homes
Ettelt S; Williams L; Damant J; Perkins M; Wittenberg R
Ageing and Society
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