Dr Lynn McVey

Senior Research Fellow (Improvement Science theme of the Yorkshire and Humber ARC)

Email: Lynn.McVey@bthft.nhs.uk 

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2009-7682


Lynn is an applied health researcher with a background in counselling and psychotherapy. She joined the team in November 2023 as a senior research fellow in the Improvement Science theme of the Yorkshire and Humber Applied Research Collaboration.

Lynn’s diverse career spans university management and administration, counselling and, since 2008, applied health research. She has a MA and PhD in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Leeds’ School of Healthcare. Her PhD project was a qualitative exploration of counsellors’ experiences of imaginative empathy. Before joining the Improvement Science team, she worked in a range of research-related roles, from research support within the prestigious Born in Bradford study, to evaluating the impact of digital innovations in healthcare at the universities of Leeds and Bradford. Most recently, she’s worked on studies that examined multifactorial approaches to inpatient falls prevention in English hospitals and that aimed to improve the experience of patients referred to NHS services with suspected head and neck cancer.

Research interests

Lynn is deeply committed to research that has a real impact on people’s lives. As a qualitative and mixed methods researcher, she’s used a range of methodologies, including realist synthesis and evaluation, framework analysis, rapid approaches to research, ethnography, interpretative phenomenological analysis, and interpersonal process recall (a method that helps research participants remember detailed aspects of video-recorded interactions). She is particularly interested in how people respond cognitively and emotionally to the demands of their working and personal lives.


McVey, L., Alvarado, N., Zaman, H., Healey, F., Todd, C., Issa, B., Woodcock, D., Dowding, D., Hardiker, N., Lynch, A, Davison, E., Frost, T., Abdulkader, J., Randell, R. 2024. Interactions that support older inpatients with cognitive impairments to engage with falls prevention in hospitals: An ethnographic study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 33(5), 1884-1895, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jocn.17006

Randell, R., McVey, L., Wright, J., Zaman, H., Cheong, V., Woodcock, D., Healey, F., Dowding, D., Gardner, P., Hardiker, N.R., Lynch, A., Todd, C., Davey, C. Alvarado, N. 2024. Practices of falls risk assessment and prevention in acute hospital settings: A realist investigation. Health and Social Care Delivery Research, 12(5), https://doi.org/10.3310/JWQC5771

Albutt, A.K., Hardman, J.C., McVey, L., Odo, C., Paleri, V., Patterson, J., Webb, S., Rousseau, N., Kellar, I., Randell, R.  2024. A qualitative study exploring the design of a patient-reported symptom-based risk stratification system for suspected Head and Neck cancer referrals: protocol paper of work packages 1 and 2 within the EVEREST-HN programme. BMJ Open, 14:e081151. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-0811

McVey, L., Alvarado, N., Healey, F., Montague, J., Todd, C., Zaman, H., Dowding, D., Lynch, A,, Issa, B., Randell, R. 2023. Talking about falls: A qualitative exploration of spoken communication of patients’ falls risks in hospitals and implications for multifactorial approaches to falls prevention. BMJ Quality & Safety. Published Online First: 08 November 2023. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2023-016481

Alvarado, N, McVey, L., Wright, J., Healey, F., Dowding, D., Cheong, V-L., Gardner, P., Hardiker, N., Lynch, A., Zaman, H., Smith, H., Randell, R.  2023.  Exploring variation in implementation of multifactorial falls risk assessment and tailored interventions: A realist review.  BMC Geriatrics, 23, 381 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-023-04045-3

Sutton, C., Prowse, J., McVey, L., Elshehaly, M., Neagu, D., Montague, J., Alvarado, N., Tissiman, C., O’Connell, K., Eyers, E. and Faisal, M. 2023. Strategic workforce planning in health and social care–an international perspective: A scoping review. Health Policy, p.104827. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2023.104827

McVey, L., Frost, T., Issa, B., Davison, E., Abdulkader, J., Randell, R., Alvarado, N., Zaman, H., Hardiker, N., Cheong, V.L., Woodcock, D. 2023. Working Together: Reflections on how to make public involvement in research work.  Research Involvement and Engagement, 9(1), p.14. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-023-00427-4

Randell R, Alvarado N, Elshehaly M, McVey L, West RM, Doherty P, Dowding, D., Farrin, J., Feltbower, R.G., Gale, C.P., Greenhalgh, J., Lake, J., Mamas, M., Walwyn, R. & R.A.Ruddle. 2022. Design and evaluation of an interactive quality dashboard for national clinical audit data: a realist evaluation. Health Soc Care Deliv Res;10(12). https://doi.org/10.3310/WBKW4927

Randell R, Alvarado N, Elshehaly M, McVey L, West RM, Doherty P, et al. 2022.  Design and evaluation of an interactive quality dashboard for national clinical audit data: a realist evaluation. Health Soc Care Deliv Res;10(12).

Alvarado N, McVey L, Elshehaly M, Greenhalgh J, Dowding D, Ruddle R, Gale CP, Mamas M, Doherty P, West R, Feltbower R, Randell R. 2021. Analysis of a Web-Based Dashboard to Support the Use of National Audit Data in Quality Improvement: Realist Evaluation. J Med Internet Res, 23;23(11):e28854. doi: 10.2196/28854.

McVey, L., Alvarado, N., Greenhalgh, J., Elshehaly, M., Gale, C.P., Lake, J., Ruddle, R.A., Dowding, D., Mamas, M., Feltbower, R., Randell, R. 2021. Hidden labour: The skilful work of clinical audit data collection and its implications for secondary use of data via integrated health IT.  BMC Health Services Research, 21, 702. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06657-0.

Elshehaly, M., Randell, R., Brehmer, M., McVey, L., Alvarado, N., Gale, C.P, Ruddle, R.A. 2021. QualDash: Adaptable Generation of Visualisation Dashboards for Healthcare Quality Improvement.  IEEE Transactions On Visualization and Computer Graphics, 27(2), 689-699.  doi: 10.1109/TVCG.2020.3030424

Randell, R., Alvarado, N., McVey, L., Greenhalgh, J., West, R.M., Farrin, A., Gale, C., Parslow, R., Keen, J., Elshehaly, M., Ruddle, R.A., Lake, J., Mamas, M., Feltbower, R., Dowding, D.  2020. How, in what contexts, and why do quality dashboards lead to improvements in care quality in acute hospitals? Protocol for a realist feasibility evaluation.  BMJ Open, 10(2), 1-8.  doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033208

McVey, L., Alvarado, N., Keen, J., Greenhalgh, J., Mamas, M., Gale, C., Doherty, P., Feltbower, R., Elshehaly, M., Dowding, D., Randell, R. 2020. Institutional use of National Clinical Audits by healthcare providers.  Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 27(1), 143-150.  doi:10.1111/jep.13403

Alvarado, N., McVey, L., Greenhalgh, J., Dowding, D., Mamas, M., Gale, C., Doherty, P., Randell, R.  2020. Exploring variation in the use of feedback from national clinical audits: a realist investigation.  BMC Health Services Research, 20(859), 1-12. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05661-0

McVey, L., Lees, J. & Nolan, G.  2020.  The predictive moment. Reverie, connection and predictive processing.  British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 48(4), 511-523.  doi: 10.1080/03069885.2020.1746744

McVey, L.  2020.  A chocolate Santa: Imaging the liminal moment with reverie in research. In: G. Nolan & W. West (Eds), Extending Horizons in Helping and Caring Therapies: Beyond the Liminal in the Healing Encounter, (Ch.10). Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138387454 (hbk).

McVey, L.  2018. Sharing a living room: Empathy, reverie and connection.  Self and Society, 46(2), 51-57. ISSN 0306-0497, www.ahpb.org.

McVey, L., Lees, J. & Nolan, G.  2016.  Reflective-verbal language and reverie in a qualitative interview.  Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16(2), 132-140.  doi: 10.1002/capr.12059.

McVey, L., Lees, J. & Nolan, G.  2015.  Practitioner-based research and qualitative interviewing: Using therapeutic skills to enrich research in counselling and psychotherapy.  Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 15(2), 147-154.  doi: 10.1002/capr.12014.