Dr Clair Le Boutillier

QUAHRC Joint Deputy Director and THIS Institute Research Fellow

Clair completed her PhD in Health Service Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in 2017. Her PhD findings considered the ethics of improving care and led to developments that help mental health staff support people’s recovery. Clair went on to work as a qualitative research fellow at the Health Service and Population Research department, IoPPN, where she led, collaborated, and contributed to the development and conduct of qualitative research within and across King’s. She continues to work as joint deputy director for the Qualitative Applied Health Research Centre  and leads the King’s-wide QUAHRC Qualitative Special Interest Group (QSIG).

Clair now works as a THIS Institute Research Fellow, based in the Division of Methodologies, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care. Her fellowship research is titled 'Coproducing personalised care in a digital age: using the Adversity, Restoration and Compatibility (ARC) framework to inform the co-design of a digital care planning tool for people with colorectal cancer'. Clair is passionate about using participatory methods, exploring innovative methodologies, and in the rigorous application of qualitative methods in applied health research. The inclusion of video-reflexive ethnography and the experience-based co-design approach in her fellowship allows her to utilise and extend her expertise in using rigorous methodologies to understand patient and staff experience and to improve healthcare.

With a background in Occupational Therapy, Clair also works as a clinical research fellow at the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. Clair’s work role involves supporting the dissemination of findings from the development of an ARC clinic, a service initiative led by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and built on her earlier post-doctoral work.