Liz Lees-Deutsch
Liz Lees-Deutsch
Associate Professor for Nursing and Clinical Academic Nurse

Liz is a senior clinical academic nurse and one of a team of five professors based within the Centre for Care Excellence. Liz studied her PhD at the University of Manchester, funded through the National Institute for Healthcare Research, Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. She was Supervised by Professors Janelle Yorke and Ann Caress. She undertook post-doctoral studies, funded by Health Education England at Birmingham University, Supervised by Professor Annie Topping. She has developed an international reputation for her research on patient discharge from hospital and associated policy development. She has delivered patient discharge lectures throughout the UK and keynotes in Ireland, Vancouver, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia. Her current focus is on Selecting Patients for Effective and Efficient Discharge through criteria led discharge pathways (SPEEDTM) and the assessment of adults for discharge, from acute care. Her latest research explores the prevalence and characteristics of patients suitable for criteria led discharge across the participating West Midlands Hospitals, soon to be nationally adopted. In her clinical role she leads research knowledge mobilisation across a multidisciplinary workforce, by developing communities of practice (COP). These enable clinicians with little exposure to research, to gain skills to embed lasting research capabilities in practice. To date, Liz has established communities of practice in several clinical settings: - to understand best interventions for effective patient discharge; solutions for postoperative delirium in critical care; dietetics and diabetes reduction and workforce changes required for new models of virtual and digital care. Liz regards herself as a pragmatist, creating traction in applied research, by finding time to innovate where ‘no time’ appears not to exist. Over her 34-year nursing career, Liz has spent 20 years as a Consultant Nurse in acute medicine, published 130 papers and 2 nursing textbooks. In 2016, she received a Lifetime Fellowship from the Society for Acute Medicine for her contribution to multi-professional staff development in acute care.

Research Interests

• Patient Discharge from Hospital

• Discharge Against Medical Advice from Hospital

• Risk Assessment for Patient Discharge

• The Acute Discharge Process

• Utilisation of Patient Discharge Lounges

• Workforce planning – ageing workforce in acute medicine

• Research capacity and capability building for NHS staff – with a keen focus on Nurses

• Compassionate care in nursing homes

• Dementia Friendly Care and Care Bundles

Liz lives in the Herefordshire and when she is not writing, she is at her happiest gardening, baking and dressmaking. Life is just too short.