Dr Julie Walabyeki

MBChB, MPH, PhD

Research Fellow

Role at Hull York Medical School

I am a researcher currently working on the PEOPLE-HULL study funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research. Other responsibilities include teaching the Scholarship and Special Interest Programme (SSIP) module: Cancer Screening, awareness and detection; facilitating tutorials/workshops for Hull York Medical School undergraduate students; marking/moderation of undergraduate and postgraduate students; peer-reviewing and other Hull York Medical School duties.

Biography

Julie Walabyeki is a research fellow, involved with the PEOPLE-Hull study and the Cancer Studies-Yorkshire (CS-Y)-Intervention study, both funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR). She is currently working on the PEOPLE-HULL study and is also involved in conducting a systematic review 'Reducing Unplanned Hospital Admissions in people with cancer'. The recently completed studies are 'Reducing Unplanned Hospital Admissions-Practitioner Study'(RUHAS-PS), Symptoms Awareness Study (SASS): Understanding of cancer symptoms and healthcare interactions among smokers with Professor Una Macleod and the 'Age related aspects of help-seeking behaviour: a qualitative study exploring older people’s fatalistic attitudes towards ill health and dying (SASS 2). Her interest in research first developed after her medical training when she was involved in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and randomized clinical trials. Her interests then were mainly Infectious Diseases-HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis. Since then, she has developed further varied interests following her postgraduate training and these include early diagnosis of cancer, smoking and cancer, qualitative research, healthcare Management- particularly Leadership in healthcare.

Research

Currently ongoing

  • PEOPLE-Hull study: Improving help-seeking for lung symptoms in Hull, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
  • 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.
Teaching

MB BS Medicine - Phase 1

SSIP - Cancer screening, awareness and detection

Publications

View Julie's publications on ORCID.

Selected publications

Chen, H., Walabyeki, J., Johnson, M., Boland, E., Seymour, J. and Macleod, U., 2019. An integrated understanding of the complex drivers of emergency presentations and admissions in cancer patients: Qualitative modelling of secondary-care health professionals’ experiences and views. PloS one, 14(5), p.e0216430.

Walabyeki, J., Adamson, J., Buckley, H.L., Sinclair, H., Atkin, K., Graham, H., Whitaker, K., Wardle, J. and Macleod, U., 2017. Experience of, awareness of and help-seeking for potential cancer symptoms in smokers and non-smokers: A cross-sectional study. PloS one, 12(8), p.e0183647

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