Dr Elaine McNichol

Dr Elaine McNichol

Director of CPD4 Health Innovation

0113 343111

Summary: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing

Location: Baines Wing


My primary areas of interest currently include:

Meaningful Patient and Public Involvement - I lead a programme of work developing the concept of 'Patient Led Innovation' as an approach to product and service innovation with health technology companies and the NHS. The underlying premise is that patients and carers are the experts in their experience and living with a particular condition. That expertise offeres a different but equally valid expertise to that of the clinicians, academics and industry experts and needs to be proactively included to help fast track innovation in the development and adoption of new products and services in order to provide hgh quality and cost effective healthcare.

During 2013, with funding from the Higher Education Academy, I  coordinated a dynamic series of seminars looking at different aspects of PPI in relation to learning and teahcing and research in higher education http://www.healthcareconferences.leeds.ac.uk/conferences/extra.php?id=12&&tab_id=3

I am academic lead for PPI in The School of Healthcare and I chair a PPI payments Faculty working group

Research Interests - My research interests centre around the concept of Patient and Public Involvement and Co-Production and associated influencing factors such as the nature and quality of relationships

PhD Supervision - I currently supervise three PhD students. The common thread is Patient and Public Involvement whilst the contexts are: self management of chronic back pain, female urinary incontinance and the quality of life and well being of patients with a chronic leg ulcer

Leadership and Management- I have extensive experience of designing and facilitating leadership courses across the NHS, including the NHS national leadership programme and more recently with the Natinal Institute for Health Research. I am licensed to use a range of leadership 360 tools

Mediator  -  I am a registered  mediator with UK Mediation and a member of The University of Leeds workplace mediation team.

Coach - I am an accredited (Ashridge Business School) Relational Workplace Coach who works with individuals in middle and senior management positions, primarily in the public and third sector

Current/Recent Projects and Commissions

  • 2014 - N8/ESRC. Knowledge That Matters: Realising The Potential of Co-Production. Led by University of Sheffield. Member of Advisory Board
  • 2013/14 - N8 Industry Forum Innovation Project. Virtuous Cycels of Wellbeing. ed by University of Leeds, Member of project team
  • 2012-14 - Patient and Public Involvement project with Smith & Nephew
  • 2012/13: ESPRC funded Patient Led Innovation Project - Understanding The Patient Experience of Reflux
  • 2012:  HEIFE funded Patient Learning Journey Project (midwifery)
  • 2009-2011: Yorkshire Forward funding (£229,000) to develop a patient led approach to product innovation with health technology companies

  Key Conference Presentations

  • 2014, May - ATINER International Conference on Health & Medical Sciences. Development of a Framework for Patient Led Innovation, Athens
  • 2014, April - Tissue Viability Society Annual Conference - key note presentation. Involving patients with leg ulcers in developing innovations in treatment and management
  • EUPATI Conference, May 2013, Rome. Patient Involvement – Building Everyone’s Competence
  • EHMA Conference June 2013, Milan. Integrating the patient perspective into service and product development 
  • 2012 European Health Managers Conference, Berne. – Model for involving patients in the commissioning of chronic pain services)
  • 2012 RCN International Research Conference, London – Leadership and Management Decision Making Strategies of Modern Matrons
  • 2009 – Quality and the NHS, Connecting for Health Conference, Birmingham
  • 2008 - Innovative Approach to Cross Sector Training and Development, WRHIP conference, Harrogate
  • 2006, RCN, International Research Conference, 'The Decision Making Strategies of Modern Matrons' 
  • 2005, International Conference for Nursing, Taiwan - Symposium with colleagues from America, Collaboration over Competition and a Concurrent session, Introducing the principles of Social Entrepreneurship into ThePublic Sector