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Dr Amanda Lees is a Visiting Researcher in the University's Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, where she is a former Senior Researcher and postgraduate research students coordinator.

She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Reading in 1994 and her PhD from the University of Southampton in 2013. She has over twenty years' experience of health and social care-focused research, having worked in the private, local authority and academic sectors. Previous to working at the University of Winchester she has held research roles at the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton.

Amanda works in partnership with a range of collaborators from the NHS, local authorities, community and faith-based organisations and other universities to develop and conduct research and evaluation within two main areas. These are the wellbeing of health and care professionals and children and family wellbeing. As part of her collaborative work, she is also research lead for the Wessex-wide Healthier Together network. She is a member of the ARC Wessex Faculty and one of the convenors of a national Researching Reflective Practice Network.


Areas of expertise

  • Emotional impacts of frontline care and practitioner wellbeing
  • Reflective practice
  • Patient and service user experiences of care
  • Health literacy as a social determinant of health


Selected journal articles

Wilkinson, E., Duncan, G., Weekes, S., Tapson, C., Meads, G., Lees, A. (2020) A collaborative, multi-sectoral approach to implementing a social prescribing initiative to alleviate social isolation and enhance wellbeing amongst older people. Journal of Integrated Care 

Perrin, R., Patel, S., Lees, A., Smith, D., Woodcock, T., Harris, S., Fraser, S. (2020) Predictors of children's health system use: cross-sectional exploratory study of linked data Family Practice 

Lees, A. and Cooper, A. (2019) Reflective practice groups in a children's social work setting - what are the outcomes, how do they work and under what circumstances? A new theoretical model based on empirical findings. Journal of Social Work Practice https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2019.1700494

Locke, R. and Lees, A. (2019) A literature review of interventions to reduce stress in doctors. Perspectives in Public Health Vol 140:1 pp.38-53

Lees, A. Tapson, C. & Patel, S. (2018) A qualitative evaluation of parents’ experiences of health literacy information about common childhood conditions Self Care Journal, 9(1), 1-15

Fake, E., Lees, A., Tapson, C., Patel, S. (2018) Parental views on the management of young children with respiratory tract infections in primary care - a pilot study. Self-Care Journal 9(4):23-34

De Graaf,H., Sukhtankar,P. Arch,B., Ahmad,N., Lees,A., Bennett,A.,  Spowart,C., Hickey,H., Jeanes,A.,  Armon,K., Riordan,A., Herberg, J., Hackett,S., Gamble, C. Shingadia,D., Pallett,A., Clarke,SC., Henman,P., Emonts,M., Sharland,M., Finn, A., Pollard,A.J., Powell,C., Marsh,P., Ballinger,C., Williamson,PR, Clarke NMP, and Faust,S.N. (2017) Duration of intravenous antibiotic therapy for children with acute osteomyelitis or septic arthritis: a feasibility study Health Technology Assessment 21:48

Lees, A, Cooper, A (2018) Reflective practice groups in children’s services processes and outcomes for submission to British Journal of Social Work

Wilson, E., Lees, A., Meads, G. (2018) Report and database for St Johns Winchester - Review of Support Services for isolated elderly people living in the Winchester District: Existing provision and oppportunities for future development

Lees A. (2017) Evaluation of Reflective Practice Groups Project: Brighton & Hove Children’s Services. London. Centre for Social Work Practice Report

Lees, A., Payler,J., Ballinger, C., Lawrence,P., Faust,SN and Meads,G. (2017) Positioning Children's Voice in clinical trials research: A new model for planning, collaboration and reflection. Qualitative Health Research 1-15 (Online First)

Lees, A. (2017) Facts with feelings social workers’ experiences of sharing information across team and agency borders to safeguard children Child and Family Social Work, 22, pp 892903

Locke, R. & Lees, A. (2017) Maintaining the wellbeing of clinicians, The Clinical Teacher 14(2):147-148

Ruch, G., Lees, A. and Prichard, J. (2014) Getting beneath the surface: scapegoating and the systems approach in a post-Munro world. [in special issue: Child Protection after Munro Reflections Three Years On] Journal of Social Work Practice, 28, (3), 313-327.

Meads, G., Russell, G., and Lees, A. (2017) Community governance in primary health care: towards an international Ideal Type. Int J Health Plann Mgmt, 32: 554574. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2360.

Meyer, E. & Lees, A. (2013) Learning to Collaborate: An Application of Activity Theory to Interprofessional Learning Across Children's Services, Social Work Education: The International Journal, 32:5, 662-684

Lees, A., Meyer, E. and Raferty, J. (2011) From Menzies Lyth to Munro: The problem of Managerialism British Journal of Social Work 118

Lees, A. and Meyer, E. (2010) Theoretically speaking: use of a communities of practice framework to describe and evaluate interprofessional education Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2011, 25: 8490

Meyer, E., Lees, A., Humphris, D. and Connell, N.A.D., (2007) Opportunities and barriers to successful learning transfer: impact of critical care skills training. Journal of Advanced Nursing 60 (3), 308-316

Chantler, T., Lees, A., Moxon, R., Mant, D., Pollard, A. & Fitzpatrick, R. (2007) The role familiarity with science plays in parents' decision making around enrolling a child in vaccine research Qualitative Health Research 17:311

Chantler, T., Newton, S., Lees, A., Diggle, L. Mayon-White, R., Pollard, A.J., Fitzpatrick, R. (2006) Parental views on the introduction of an infant pneumococcal vaccine. Community practitioner: the journal of community practitioners and health visitors' association 79(7):21306

Book chapter

Cooper, A. & Lees, A. (2015) 'Spotlit: defences against anxiety in contemporary human services organizations'. In: Armstrong, D. and Rustin, M. (Eds) Social Defences Against Anxiety. Explorations in a Paradigm.


Lees, A. (2018) The containing organisation: an evaluation of Reflective Practice Groups. Key note presentation at Exchange Spring Conference: Is Supervision Working? Supporting happier staff, improved practice and better outcomes, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, 14th March 2018

Poster presented at Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference and Exhibition, October, 2016, Harrogate. Locke, R., Lees, A., Scallan, S. Prevention of harmful stress amongst doctors won first place poster prize

Presentation at BERA conference 2017 University of Sussex, 5-7 September. Lees, A., Locke R. Educational Interventions to Prevent Harmful Stress Amongst Doctors

Abstract accepted: AMEE conference August, 2017 (Helsinki) (An International Association for Medical Education) Locke, R. & Lees, A. Prevention of harmful stress amongst doctors

Masding, M., Odbert, R., Locke, R., Scallan, S. & Lees, A. Tasters in General Practice: GP ST3 trainees mentoring FY1s, NACT UK Foundation Programme Sharing Good Practice Event, March 2015

Lees, A & Raper, D. Educating for Integrated Care, 2014, Health Education Wessex Better Care Summit, November 2014

Lees, A. How can organisations support the anxieties of information sharing? Social Work Social Development: Impact and Action 2012, Stockholm.

Lees, A. and Meyer, E. (Making connections across boundaries: interprofessional learning and communities of practice In, European Interprofessional Education Network (EIPEN) 2nd International Conference, Oulu, Finland, 17-18 September 2009

Meyer, E. and Lees, A. (2009) From interprofessional education to integrated working: enabling middle managers to develop integrated practice within children's services, European Interprofessional Education Network (EIPEN) 2nd International Conference, Oulu, Finland, 17-18 September 2009

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