Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Fellow



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1064Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus





Rachael Lear is a Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Global Health Innovation. She works in the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC) under the Research Theme 'Partnering with patients for safer care'.

She trained as a nurse at Glasgow Caledonian University, and then worked in the vascular unit at St. Mary's Hospital, latterly as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

She received her PhD in Clinical Medicine Research from Imperial College London, Department of Surgery & Cancer ("A Systems Approach to Identifying Patient Safety Problems in Arterial Surgery") before becoming a Senior Lecturer at St George's University of London (SGUL). 

She has a particular interest in digital health and in improving the safety and quality of care transitions for older people with frailty. Rachael has developed broad expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. 

She is a Fellow of the High Education Academy and contributes to the MSc in Patient Safety and MSc in Health Policy.



Lear R, Freise L, Kybert M, et al., 2022, Patients’ willingness and ability to identify and respond to errors in their personal health records: a mixed methods analysis of cross-sectional survey data, Journal of Medical Internet Research, ISSN:1438-8871

Lear R, Godfrey AD, Riga C, et al., 2017, Surgeons' Perceptions of the Causes of Preventable Harm in Arterial Surgery: A Mixed-Methods Study, European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vol:54, ISSN:1078-5884, Pages:778-786

Lear R, Godfrey AD, Riga C, et al., 2017, The impact of system factors on quality and safety in arterial surgery: a systematic review, European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vol:54, ISSN:1078-5884, Pages:79-93

Desender L, Van Herzeele I, Lachat M, et al., 2017, A multicentre trial of patient specific rehearsal prior to EVAR: impact on procedural planning and team performance, European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vol:53, ISSN:1532-2165, Pages:354-361

Lear R, Riga C, Godfrey AD, et al., 2016, Multicentre observational study of surgical system failures in aortic procedures and their effect on patient outcomes, British Journal of Surgery, Vol:103, ISSN:1365-2168, Pages:1467-1475

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