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Dr Jennifer Liddle

Senior Research Fellow – Multi morbidity, ageing and frailty


Dr Jenny Liddle is a Senior Research Fellow (60%) in the Multimorbidity, Ageing and Frailty theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

Jenny is also based (40%) in the Centre for Digital Citizens within Open Lab at Newcastle University.


Jenny’s research focusses on ageing and later life, exploring themes and initiatives related to societal challenges including loneliness and isolation, housing, health and care.

Jenny has worked with older people and health care professionals on a range of qualitative and mixed methods studies and trials. Recent projects include an evaluation of the use of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) in care homes and a review of systematic reviews for Public Health England on the consequences of caring for older people and effective interventions to support unpaid carers.

Areas of interest

Jenny’s research interests include:

  • Understanding older people’s everyday experiences
  • Innovative approaches to optimise health, care, housing and social relationships in later life
  • Understanding the use and impact of digital technology
  • Qualitative research methods


Spiers, G., Liddle, J., Kunonga, T.P., Whitehead, O.I., Beyer, F., Stow, D., Welsh, C., Ramsay, S., Craig, D., Hanratty, B. (2021) What are the consequences of caring for older people and what interventions are effective for supporting unpaid carers? A rapid review of systematic reviews. BMJ Open 11(9), e046187.

Healey, E.L., Mallen, C.D.., Chew-Graham, C.A., Nicholls, E., Lewis, M., Lawton, S., Finney, A.G., Tan, V., Cooper, V., Dziedzic, K.S., Liddle, J., Wathall, S., Jinks, C. (2021) Integrating case-finding and initial management for osteoarthritis, anxiety and depression into primary care long-term condition reviews: results from the ENHANCE pilot trial. Family Practice cmab113.

Liddle, J., Richardson, J.C., Hider, S., Mallen, C.D., Watson, L., Chandratre, P., Roddy, E. (2021) “It’s just a great muddle when it comes to food”: a qualitative exploration of patient decision making around diet and gout. Rheumatology Advances in Practice 5(3), rkab055.

Stocker, R., Russell, S., Liddle, J., Barker, R.O., Remmer, A., Gray, J., Hanratty, B., Adamson, J. (2021) Experiences of a National Early Warning Score (NEWS) intervention in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open 11: e045469.

Reuter, A., Liddle, J. (2020) The Later Life Audio and Radio Co-operative: considering radio as a technology to promote citizen dialogue in later life. DSAI ’20: 9th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info Exclusion, December 02–04, 2020, virtual. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 8 pages.

Reuter, A., Liddle, J., Scharf, T. (2020) Digitalising the age-friendly city: insights from participatory action research. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(21), 8281.

Liddle, J., Pitcher, N., Montague, K., Hanratty, B., Standing, H., Scharf, T. (2020) Connecting at local level: exploring opportunities for future design of technology to support social connections in age-friendly communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(15), 5544.

Russell, S., Stocker, R., Barker, R.O., Liddle, J., Adamson, J, Hanratty, B. (2020). Implementation of the National Early Warning Score in UK care homes: a qualitative evaluation. British Journal of General Practice 70(700): e793-800.

Reuter, A., Bartindale, T., Morrissey, K., Scharf, T., Liddle, J. (2019) Older voices: supporting community radio production for civic participation in later life. Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 434, 1-13.

Chean, C.S., Prior, J.A., Helliwell, T., Belcher, J., Mackie, S.L., Hider, S.L., Liddle, J., Mallen, C.D. (2019) Characteristics of patients with giant cell arteritis who experience visual symptoms. Rheumatology International 39(10), 1789-1796.

Liddle, J., Bartlam, R., Mallen, C.D., Mackie, S.L., Prior, J.A., Helliwell, T., Richardson, J. (2017) What is the impact of giant cell arteritis on patients’ lives?: a UK qualitative study. BMJ Open 7, e017073.

Walker, J., Liddle, J., Jordan, K.P., Campbell, P. (2017) Affective concordance in couples: A cross-sectional analysis of depression and anxiety consultations within a population of 13,507 couples in primary care. BMC Psychiatry 17(190), 1-10.

Richardson, J.C. & Liddle, J. (2017) Where does good quality qualitative health care research get published? Primary Health Care Research & Development 18(5), 515-521.

Prior, J.A., Ranjbar, H., Belcher, J., Mackie, S.L., Helliwell, T., Liddle, J., Mallen, C.D. (2017) Diagnostic delay for giant cell arteritis. A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine 15(120), 1-12.

Richardson, J.C., Liddle, J., Mallen, C.D., Roddy, E., Hider, S., Prinjha, S., Ziebland, S. (2016) A joint effort over a period of time?: Factors affecting use of urate-lowering therapy for long-term treatment of gout. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 17(249), 1-8.

Chandratre, P., Mallen, C.D., Roddy, E., Liddle, J. and Richardson, J. (2016) “You want to get on with the rest of your life”: a qualitative study of health-related quality of life in gout. Clinical Rheumatology 35(5), 1197-1205.

Richardson, J.C., Liddle, J., Mallen, C.D., Roddy, E., Prinjha, S., Ziebland, S., and Hider, S. (2015) “Why me? I don’t fit the mould…I am a freak of nature”: a qualitative study of women’s experience of gout. BMC Women’s Health 15(122), 1-8.

Liddle, J., Roddy, E., Mallen, C.D., Hider, S.L., Prinjha, S., Ziebland, S. and Richardson, J.C. (2015) Mapping patients’ experiences from initial symptoms to gout diagnosis: a qualitative exploration. BMJ Open 5(9), 1-7.

Liddle, J., Scharf, T., Bartlam, B., Bernard, M. and Sim, J. (2014) Exploring the age-friendliness of purpose-built retirement communities: evidence from England. Ageing and Society 34(9), 1610-1629.

Bartlam, B., Bernard, M., Liddle, J., Scharf, T. and Sim, J. (2013) Creating home-like places in a purpose-built retirement village in the UK. In G.D. Rowles and M. Bernard (Eds) From Knowledge to Practice in Environmental Gerontology: Making Meaningful Places in Old Age. New York: Springer. 253-280.

Sim, J., Liddle, J., Bernard, M., Scharf, T. and Bartlam, B. (2012) Home from Home? A Mixed-Methods Study of Relocation Within a Purpose-Built Retirement Community. Journal of Housing for the Elderly 26(4), 372-394.

Bernard, M., Liddle, J., Bartlam, B., Scharf, T. and Sim, J. (2012) Then and now: evolving community in the context of a retirement village. Ageing and Society 32(1), 103-129.

Get in touch

Email:  [email protected]
Twitter: @Jennifer_Liddle