Dr Julie Walabyeki


Lecturer in Primary Care

Role at Hull York Medical School

I am a lecturer in primary care working on the WORKPLACE study. My other responsibilities are teaching on the Scholarship Special Interest Programme (SSIP) module: Early Diagnosis of Cancer, facilitating workshops and tutorials for HYMS undergraduates, marking and moderation of undergraduate and postgraduate students; postgraduate supervision; peer-reviewing, mentoring and other HYMS activities.


Julie is a Lecturer in Primary Care at the Medical School. She is currently working on the WORKPLACE study, which focuses on improving lung health at the workplace (TRANSFORM programme). She is also involved in the Yorkshire Cancer Research study, PEOPLE-Hull (Improving lung health in Hull - a community and practice-based intervention study) and is collaborating on the PRIORITY study: Cancer Care during COVID-19. Julie is based in the Cancer Awareness, Screening, and Diagnostic Pathways Research Group (CASP). Previously Julie was involved in the Cancer Studies Yorkshire, and the Symptoms Awareness studies (1 & 2). She has medical training with general practice experience, randomised clinical trials and community engagement experience. Her interests include early diagnosis of cancer, infectious diseases (HIV/TB), and healthcare management/leadership.

  • WORKPLACE study: Development of a lung health intervention in the WORKPLACE-TRANSFORM programme, a Fellowship funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
  • PEOPLE-Hull study: Primary care and community Engagement to Optimise time to Presentation with Lung cancEr symptoms in HULL, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
  • PRIORITY study: ExPeRIences Of canceR diagnostIc paThwaYs and care during the COVID-19 pandemic (TRANSFORM programme), funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
  • PhD Cluster: Exercise for Improving Cancer Treatment Efficacy (EspriT)-qualitative study, University of Hull (co-investigator)
  • Reducing unplanned hospital admissions-Systematic Review (RUHAS-SR)-A systematic review examining reduced unplanned hospital admissions in adults with cancer; funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

    Other studies
  • Symptoms Awareness Study (SASS): Understanding cancer symptoms and healthcare interactions, funded by Cancer Research UK (researcher).
  • Joint lead with Professor Una Macleod and researcher on SASS Phase 2: Age related aspects of help-seeking behaviour: a qualitative study exploring older people’s fatalistic attitudes towards ill health and dying, funded by Cancer Research UK.
  • Reducing unplanned hospital admissions-Practitioner study (RUHAS-PS)-A qualitative study exploring the health professionals’ perspectives of unplanned hospital admissions in adults with active cancer in Yorkshire and the Humber; funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

SSIP - Early diagnosis of Cancer


View Julie's publications on ORCID.


PHD Cluster: Exercise for Improving Cancer Treatment Efficacy (EspriT)-qualitative study, University of Hull (co-investigator) -a collaboration with Department of Sport, Health & Exercise Science (SHES), Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and the Hull University Teaching Hospitals (HUTH) NHS Trust.

Postgraduate research supervision

Sarah Hodge (Part Time), started September 2022.

Honours and awards
  • Yorkshire Cancer Research Travel Award 2019
  • Winner, Scientific Poster Prize, Early Diagnosis Research Conference 2017, Cancer Research UK