Dr Julie Walabyeki


Lecturer in Primary Care

Role at Hull York Medical School

I am a researcher currently working on the PEOPLE-HULL study funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research. 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 Walabyeki is a research fellow, involved in the Yorkshire Cancer Research studies PEOPLE-Hull and WORKPLACE. She is also involved in the PRIORITY study: Cancer Care during COVID-19 (TRANSFORM); was involved in the Cancer Studies Yorkshire (CSY) -Yorkshire Cancer Research, Symptoms Awareness studies (1&2)-Cancer Research UK. She has medical training and RCT experience. Her interests include early diagnosis of cancer, smoking, infectious diseases (HIV/TB)and healthcare management-leadership.


Currently ongoing

  • PEOPLE-Hull study: Primary care and community Engagement to Optimise time to Presentation with Lung cancEr symptoms in HULL, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
  • WORKPLACE study: Development of a lung health intervention in the WORKPLACE-TRANSFORM programme, a Fellowship 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.

MB BS Medicine - Phase 1

SSIP - Cancer screening, awareness and detection


View Julie's publications on ORCID.

View Julie's publications on Worktribe.

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


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.

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