Andrew Willis,PhD,MSc,BSc

Research Associate

Contact details

Centre for Black Minority and Ethnic Health, Leicester Diabetes Centre
Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road, Leicester, LE5 4PW

Tel: 0116 258 8995



Andrew is a Research Associate at the Centre for Black Minority and Ethnic Health, Leicester Diabetes Centre. He is also a reviewer for : Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Diabetic medicine, Journal of Medical Internet Research, BMJ Open

His  past research experience  consists of :

  • working on the development of large and small research grants focussed on addressing health inequalities.
  • Completed literature and systematic reviews.
  • Conducted multisite studies recruiting from community faith centres.
  • Used co-design and PPI to produce culturally appropriate health resources.


Previous and other appointments

2009-2011- University of Leicester Research Assistant

2005-2006- Assistant Health Development Officer, East Leeds Primary Care Trust


Relevant publications

Willis, A, et al. "The General Practitioner Prompt Study to Reduce Cardiovascular and Renal Complications in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes and Renal Complications: Protocol and Baseline Characteristics for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial." JMIR research protocols 7.6 (2018): e152.

Willis, A., M. Roshan, N. Patel, Laura J. Gray, T. Yates, Melanie Davies, and Kamlesh Khunti. "A community faith centre based screening and educational intervention to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes: A feasibility study." Diabetes research and clinical practice 120 (2016): 73-80.

Willis, A., Rivers, P., Gray, L. J., Davies, M., & Khunti, K. (2014). The effectiveness of screening for diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors in a community pharmacy setting. PloS one9(4), e91157.

Willis, A, et al. "Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease using validated risk scores: a systematic review." Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 105.8 (2012): 348-356.

Gray L.J., Willis A., Webb D., Davies M.J., Khunti K. (2018) Screening for Diabetes and Prediabetes. In: Bonora E., DeFronzo R. (eds) Diabetes. Epidemiology, Genetics, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment. Endocrinology. Springer, Cham

Patel N, Willis A, Gray LJ, Barber S, Khunti K. "Developing a conceptually equivalent type 2 diabetes risk score for Indian Gujaratis in the UK." Journal of diabetes research 2016 (2016).

Khunti K, Clare L. Gillies, H. Dallosso, E. M. Brady, L. J. Gray, G. Kilgallen, A. Willis, A. Zafar, and M. J. Davies. "Assessment of response rates and yields for Two opportunistic Tools for Early detection of Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia and Diabetes (ATTEND). A randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis." Diabetes research and clinical practice 118 (2016): 12-20.

Khunti, N., Willis, A., Davies, M., & Khunti, K. (2013). The role of pharmacists in the management of type 2 diabetes: A literature review. Diabetes & Primary Care15(3).


Willis, A. Et al BAME community health advocate/Workplace Champion training and screening toolkit development, £30,000 Unrestricted Educational Grant, Novo Nordisk, Jan 2019

Willis A, Sidhu M, Khunti K. The use of faith based and faith placed health interventions to prevent cardio metabolic disease. £25,000, April 2018, NIHR CLAHRC

Willis A, £25,000, Patient, healthcare professional and system level barriers and facilitators to initiation and adherence to injectable therapies for type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of qualitative literature. April 2018, NIHR CLAHRC.

Sidhu M, Khunti K, Willis A, Pareek M. Leicester through the life course: using arts-based methods to explore recruitment and engagement with multi-generational communities, 2018 Wellcome trust £4840

Mackintosh N, Willis A, Sian G, Diversity, ethnicity and voice: enabling women to speak up about safety concerns in pregnancy and the postnatal period. £10,000  2017 Wellcome trust

Willis A, Khunti K. Feasibility of training faith and community leaders to perform diabetes risk assessments, Impact development fund, £12,000 (University of Leicester) 2015

Khunti K, Willis A, Patel N, Gray L, Davies MJ. Translation, development and piloting of the Leicester Self-Assessment Diabetes Screening Questionnaire for use in Non-English speaking High Risk Populations. £7070, July 2012, Diabetes UK.

Willis A, Khunti K, Undergraduate Biomedical Summer Scholarship, £1600, Feb 2012, Wellcome Trust




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