Linguistic Profiling
for Professionals


We have conducted a number of research projects in the sphere of healthcare communication.

The LiPP team helps healthcare professionals to make the best of their interactions. 

Two nursing staff checking an IV drip on a stand

The rise of multi-disciplinary teams both in the NHS and the private sector has highlighted the importance of clear, concise language.

The LiPP team has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing consultancy, workshops and training to healthcare providers. Our expertise includes creating bespoke GP training workshops and helping individual healthcare professionals to improve their leadership skills.

Case studies

With colleagues from the University’s School of Pharmacy, members of the LiPP team researched inter-professional interaction in pharmacy settings with the aim of helping staff to work more effectively as a team and develop stronger, more collaborative working relationships.

The Perfect Day project, which was delivered by a collaborative team from Nottingham and Leicester was concerned with developing an intervention to support GP trainees to successfully train for and pass the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) examination. The project was supported by Health Education England,

Workshops delivered as part of this training were drawn from research conducted by researchers from the University of Nottingham and King's College London and included videos and transcripts of real MRCGP exams.

To find out more about LiPP's portfolio and consultancy packages please contact us.


The University of Nottingham is a leader in healthcare communication research.

The LiPP team has a strong track record in researching communication in healthcare settings and continues to work with health professionals in various specialisms and across a range of healthcare activities. Researchers in the unit are interested in the connection between language and health as it relates to a range of clinical and communicative contexts. Health communication research undertaken by members of the team has explored topics such as:

  • the language used in GP consultations
  • interpreting the language of patient feedback data
  • public communication and understandings about dementia and ageing
  • communication strategies in health promotional material
  • linguistic and visual design of healthcare websites
  • linguistic strategies of asking for health advice online


Very useful to be told about nuances and subtleties in how successful candidates perform compared to unsuccessful ones. I really appreciated the linguistic breakdown of candidates’ consultations. This was a thought-provoking presentation.


The microscopic evaluation of the way candidates speak has helped me understand the importance of fluency and our use of language in consultations.


Seeing the videos and analysing the transcripts was very useful. It revealed that it is crucial not just to know what was said but also how it was said and in what context.



Linguistic Profiling for Professionals

Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone:+44 (0) 115 748 6360
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