Dr Clair Le Boutillier

QUAHRC Joint Deputy Director and Qualitative Research Fellow

Clair is an early career researcher with a clinical background in Occupational Therapy. She currently works as a qualitative research fellow and leads the qualitative research component for the BOPPP Trial. She is also involved in collaborating and contributing to the development and conduct of qualitative research within the wider department.

Clair is committed to understanding patient experience and improving healthcare. She is interested in using participatory methods, exploring innovative methodologies, and in the rigorous application of qualitative methods in applied health research.

Clair is committed to using research to improve patient experience evidenced by her PhD study (conducted within a wider programme of research, the REFOCUS study) and previous role as Macmillan Research Associate (the Living with and Beyond Cancer Study), in which she developed a framework to help staff support recovery in people with mental illness and help patients live with and beyond cancer, respectively. Clair has a track record of conducting and disseminating highly impactful qualitative action research. For example, the ARC cancer framework which Clair previously developed forms the basis for a Macmillan Cancer Support e-learning module for staff.

Clair is the author of articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and is also a reviewer for scientific journals (including BMJ Open, Supportive care in cancer, British Journal of Occupational Therapy).