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Lesley Williamson

King's College London

Lesley Williamson

Lesley is a Research Associate in dementia care, funded by the NIHR South London Applied Research Collaborative. She works at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, and the Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London. She completed her mixed-methods thesis in 2023, conceptualising the determinants of emergency department attendance among people with dementia approaching the end of life.

By background, Lesley is a psychology graduate and medical doctor with membership to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Lesley has a keen interest in healthcare policy and service delivery, building on knowledge from her clinical leadership master’s degree and experience as a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow and King’s Parliamentary Research Intern.


Countries UK;
Topics Access to care; Care in rural and other non-urban settings; Care inequalities; Care integration/ coordination; Care needs poverty and deprivation; Care trajectories; Community-based LTC; Dementia care and support; End-of-life care and LTC; Epidemiology and ageing trajectories; Healthcare access in LTC; Housing and care; LTC Policy; LTC Workforce; New models of care; Primary Health Care; Relationship between LTC use and hospital use; Research gaps and priorities in LTC; Residential LTC services; Social Innovation in LTC; Stigma and discrimination; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Analysis of administrative data; Comparative policy analysis; Data science and LTC research; Knowledge-exchange; Policy analysis; Quantitative data analysis;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Long-Term Care Policy;
Research interests
  • End-of-life care for people affected by dementia, including family caregivers
  • Inequity of access to clinical care in the community
  • Health and social care workforce development in dementia care
Key publications

Factors Associated With Emergency Department Visits by People With Dementia Near the End of Life: A Systematic Review

Williamson, L., Evans, C., Chambers, R., Leniz Martelli, L., Yorganci, E. & Sleeman, K., 1 Oct 2021, In: Journal Of The American Medical Directors Association. 22, 10, p. 2046-2055

Williamson, L. E., Sleeman, K. E. & Evans, C. J., 24 Jul 2023, In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 38, 7, e5966.

A population-based retrospective cohort study of end-of-life emergency department visits by people with dementia: multilevel modelling of individual- and service-level factors using linked data

Williamson, L. E., Leniz, J., Chukwusa, E., Evans, C. J. & Sleeman, K. E., 1 Mar 2023, In: Age and Ageing. 52, 3, afac332.

Quality indicators for dementia and older people nearing the end of life: A systematic review

Yorganci, E., Sampson, E. L., Gillam, J., Aworinde, J., Leniz, J., Williamson, L. E., Cripps, R. L., Stewart, R. & Sleeman, K. E., Dec 2021, In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 69, 12, p. 3650-3660 11 p.

Exploring costs, cost components, and associated factors among people with dementia approaching the end of life: A systematic review

Leniz, J., Yi, D., Yorganci, E., Williamson, L. E., Suji, T., Cripps, R., Higginson, I. J. & Sleeman, K. E., 2021, In: Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions. 7, 1, e12198.