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Leah Jayes

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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    Nottingham City Hospital
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    Nottingham
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Biography

Leah Jayes graduated with a BSc in Psychology and Criminology at Nottingham Trent University in 2007. She went on to work as a Research Assistant for Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), conducting Measuring the Quality of Life (MQPL) surveys with prisoners and staff members across the prison estate in England and Wales.

Leah joined the University of Nottingham in 2010 as a Research Associate for the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS). In this role she worked on a variety of tobacco related mixed-methods projects funded by National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and The European Respiratory Society (ERS). In 2017 Leah completed her PhD entitled 'Smoking and smoke-free policy in prisons in England' at The University of Nottingham.

Teaching Summary

Leah Jayes jointly convenes the 'Qualitative Methodology and Analysis' module and contributes to teaching on the 'Research Methods for Public Health' and 'Tobacco Control Interventions' modules for… read more

Research Summary

Leah was awarded a three year Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship which commenced in October 2018. The Fellowship, 'Preventing relapse to smoking among prisoners… read more

Recent Publications

Leah Jayes jointly convenes the 'Qualitative Methodology and Analysis' module and contributes to teaching on the 'Research Methods for Public Health' and 'Tobacco Control Interventions' modules for the Masters of Public Health/Global Health course in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health. She also supervises postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students.

Current Research

Leah was awarded a three year Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship which commenced in October 2018. The Fellowship, 'Preventing relapse to smoking among prisoners after release' builds on her PhD work and will use mixed-methods.

Prisoners experience huge health inequalities, and their exceptionally high smoking prevalence (five times the national average) contributes significantly to their high mortality. Since the introduction of smoke-free polices across Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) in England and Wales, prisoners are now obliged to abstain from smoking while held in prison. This represents a unique opportunity to promote lifelong cessation in this highly disadvantaged and marginalised group. However, evidence suggests most prisoners resume smoking as soon as they are released.

The primary objective of the CRUK Fellowship will be to develop and pilot test the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention to help prevent prisoners returning to smoking tobacco after release. The study will also work collaboratively with academics at Plymouth University alongside regional and national HMPPS and Public Health England teams.

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