Dr Luke Budworth

Research Fellow

Email: Luke.Budworth@bthft.nhs.uk
Twitter: @lukeWbudworth


Luke is a Research Fellow on the Improvement Science theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC Yorkshire & Humber) programme Click here.  His main project at the moment is leading a multi-site retrospective cohort study investigating whether emergency doctors’ uncertainty tolerance can impact healthcare resource use and patient health outcomes. He is also co-investigator on several other projects within the ARC and beyond, including the role of project statistician for both the YQSR NG-Sure click here and upcoming RE-BOOT projects. Luke is also currently a part-time MSc student in health data analytics at University College London studying mathematical approaches to health data analysis, including advanced statistics and machine learning methods.

Luke is a research psychologist by background, having received a BSc in psychology from the University of Liverpool in 2014 and a health psychology MSc from the University of Leeds in 2015. In 2018 Luke also completed a cross-disciplinary PhD at the University of Leeds focusing on the impact of pre-surgical substance use on post-surgical outcomes after elective surgery.


Research interests

Behavioural medicine; Data analysis; Patient safety; Learning health systems.

Recent Publications


Janes, G., Mills, T., Budworth, L., Johnson, J., & Lawton, R. (2021). The association between healthcare staff engagement and patient safety outcomes: A systematic reviewand meta-analysis. Journal of Patient Safety. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000807.

Johnson, J., Simms-Ellis, R., Janes, G., Mills, T., Budworth, L., Atkinson, L. & Harrison, R. (2020). Can we prepare healthcare professionals for involvement in adverse events?Feasibility study of a resilience training intervention. BMC Health Services Research. doi:10.1186/s12913-020-05948-2.

Budworth, L., Prestwich, A., Sykes-Muskett, B., Khatun, K., Ireland, J., Clancy, F., & Conner, M. (2019). A feasibility study to assess the individual and combined effects offinancial incentives and monetary contingency contracts on physical activity. Psychology of Sport & Exercise. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.04.021.

Budworth, L. (2019). Electronic cigarettes: Sensory cues in nicotine dependence. PsyPAG  Quarterly. Link: osf.io/s2qta.

Budworth, L., Prestwich, A., Lawton, R., Kotzé, A., & Kellar, I. (2019). Preoperative interventions for alcohol and other recreational substance use: A systematic review andmeta-analysis. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00034. Taylor, J., & Budworth, L. (2018). Food safety culture: Patterns and trends from aquantitative analysis of a culture assessment program. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism  Themes. doi: 10.1108/WHATT-02-2018-0007.

Prestwich, A., Moore, S., Kotzé, A., Budworth, L., Lawton, R., & Kellar, I. (2017). How can smoking cessation be induced before surgery? A systematic review and meta-analysis ofbehaviour change techniques and other intervention characteristics. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00915.

Other Publications

Lawton, R., Budworth, L., Fylan, B., & Sheard, L. (2019, August 13). Beyond the outcomes: The benefits of the ‘process’ of doing applied health research [Blog post]. Available from here

Conference contributions

Khan, S., Wang, K., Budworth, L., Willis, T., Carder, P., Johnson, S., & Alderson, S. The effects of a feedback intervention to reduce potentially harmful gabapentinoid painkiller prescribing in general practice: a controlled time series analysis. (2021, June/July). Presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care 49th annual scientific meeting, online.

Budworth, L. (2019, October). Understanding and enhancing how hospital staff learn from and act on patient experience feedback: Developing, evaluating and disseminating the Yorkshire Patient Experience Toolkit (PET). Presented at the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research Open Event, Bradford, UK.

Budworth, L., Prestwich, A., Lawton, R., Kotzé, A., & Kellar, I. (2019, October). Association between hazardous preoperative alcohol and postoperative affect: A secondary data analysis. Presented at the Patient Safety: New Horizons, New Perspectives conference, Bradford, UK.

Budworth, L., Clark, D., Moore, S., Reynolds, C., Lawton, R., Prestwich, A., Bank, S., Kellar, I., & Kotzé, A (2019, October). Preoperative Substance Use Prevalence & Detection in Two UK City-based Preoperative Assessment Clinics: A Cross-sectional & Prospective Analysis. Presented at the Patient Safety: New Horizons, New Perspectives conference, Bradford, UK.

Budworth, L., Prestwich, A., Sykes-Muskett, B., Khatun, K., Ireland, J., Clancy, F., & Conner, M. (2019, September). A pilot factorial randomised controlled trial of financial incentives and monetary contingency contracts on walking. Presented at the European Health Psychology Society conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Bank, S., McEachan, R., Marsden, G., Budworth, L., & Kellar, I. (2018, August). Interventions for promoting policy adoption or change: A systematic review. Presented at the European Health Psychology Society conference, Galway, Ireland.

Budworth, L., Clark, D., & Kotze, A. (2017, November). Prevalence and detection of hazardous preoperative alcohol use in Leeds. Presented at the Preoperative Association conference, York, UK.

Kellar, I., Budworth, L., Fadli, F., Nash, H., & Weighall, A. (2017, October). The efficacy of non-pharmacologic interventions for improving, and reducing disturbances of sleep, for patients with non-remissive cancer: A systematic review of randomised studies. Presented at the British Sleep Society: Brighton Sleep 2017 conference, Brighton, UK.

Invited Presentations

Budworth, L. (2021, February). Lifestyle risk: Case studies in health psychology. Invited lecture at the University of Skövde [Högskolan i Skövde] for the Sustainable Lifestyle:Assessment, Social Problems, and Behaviour Change year 2 social psychology BA module.

Budworth, L. (2017, January). Preoperative substance use: Informing, developing & trialling a novel intervention. Presented at the British Psychology Society: How canpsychology make healthcare safer? seminar, Oxford, UK.


Grange, A., Simms-Ellis, R., Johnson, J., Lawton, R., Marran, J., Budworth, L., & Harrison, R. (2021-2022). On-line adaption and evaluation of the ‘RE-BOOT’ (REcovery-BOOsting Training) intervention, to prepare critical care nurses for, and aid recovery after, stressful clinical events. The Burdett Trust for Nursing (£82699/3% FTE).