Kate Williams, RN, BA(Hons), PhD

Senior Research Fellow in Nursing


Department of Health Sciences
22-28 Princess Road West
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 6TP

Tel: 00 44 116 2525432

Email: ksw6@le.ac.uk    



My research focuses on:

  • Trials of complex interventions (particularly nursing interventions).
  • Service evaluation for disabling conditions, specifically urinary dysfunction.
  • Systematic reviews of the assessment and treatment of urinary dysfunction.
  • Dissemination and implementation of research evidence



  • Randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost effectiveness of services for urinary symptoms.  A long-term follow-up study (MRC)
  • Methods of Assessing Urinary Incontinence. Executive Research and Development Programme  (HTA)



  • Systematic Review of respite care for the frail elderly.  (HTA)
  • A Qualitative Study of GPs knowledge and attitudes towards treatment provision for incontinence


  • MSc examiner for the MSc in Health Services Research, University of Leicester, 2009 to date
  • External examiner for the Department of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Essex for their taught doctoral courses in social care practice, public health, Nursing and Health Visiting, 2005-2009
  • Member of the East Midlands regional funding committee for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme, 2008 
  • Member of the MRC College of experts for the Health Service and Public Health Research Board, 2006- 2008
  • Invited Committee member on the 4th International Consultation on Incontinence, 2008 (also a member in 2001 and 2004)
  • Editorial Board Member.  British Journal of Nursing, 1999-2008



C Shaw, R McNamara, K Abrams, R Cannings-John, K Hood, M Longo, S Myles, S O’Mahony, B Roe and Williams K (2009). Systematic review of respite care in the frail elderly. Health Technology Assessment 2009; Vol. 13: No. 20

Newman DK, Ee C H, Gordon D, Srini VS, Williams K, Cahill B, Gordon B, Griebling T, Nishimura K and Norton N (2009). Continence promotion, education and primary prevention.

Shaw C, Brittain K, Tansey R, Williams K (2008).  How people decide to seek healthcare: a qualitative study.  International Journal of Nursing Studies 45: 1516-1524

Shaw C, Atwell C, Wood F, Brittain K and Williams K (2007).  A qualitative study of the assessment and treatment of incontinence in primary care. Family Practice 24 issue 5 p461-467.

Wallace, S., Roe, B., Williams, K., Palmer, M. (2007) 'Bladder Training for Urinary Incontinence in Adults (Cochrane Review )'. In The Cochrane Library. Issue 1. Update Software. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Chichester

Douglas G. Tincello, Kate S. Williams, Miland Joshi, R. et al (2007) Urinary Diaries. A Comparison of Data Collected for Three Days Versus Seven Days. Obstetrics & Gynecology;109:277-280 2007

Williams KS, Assassa RP, McGrother CW et al. (2006). Randomised Controlled trial of the effectiveness of pelvic floor therapies for Urodynamic Stress Incontinence (USI).  British Journal of Urology International, 98(5): 1043-1050 2006.

Martin  JL, Williams KS, Sutton AJ, Abrams KA, Assassa RP. Systematic review and meta-analysis of methods of diagnostic assessment for urinary incontinence Neurourology and Urodynamics. 25 (7): 674-83 2006. 

Shaw C, Das Gupta R, Williams KS,  Assassa RP, McGrother CW.  A survey of help-seeking and treatment provision in women with stress urinary incontinence. BJU International 97(4):752-7 2006.

Williams KS, R P Assassa, N J Cooper, D A Turner, C Shaw, C W McGrother, KR Abrams, C Mayne, C Jagger, R Matthews, M Clarke, and the Leicestershire MRC Incontinence Study Team. Clinical and cost-effectiveness of a new nurse-led continence service. A Randomised Controlled Trial.  British Journal of General Practice September 2005;55:696-703.

Shaw C, Matthews R, Perry S, Williams K, Assassa P, Spiers N, McGrother C, Dallosso H, Jagger C, Mayne C, Clarke M and the Leicestershire MRC Incontinence Study Team. Validity and reliability of a questionnaire to measure the impact of lower urinary tract symptoms on quality of life: the Leicester Impact Scale. Neurourology and Urodynamics 2004,23, 3 229-236


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