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Alisha Newman

Ms Alisha Newman

Marie Curie Senior Team Manager and Public Involvement Academic Lead

School of Medicine

+44 29206 87948
Neuadd Meirionnydd, Room 6th Floor, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS


I currently manage the operations of the Marie Curie Research Centre supporting business efficiency and effectiveness. I also have a lead responsibility for public involvement in research at the Wales Cancer Research Centre.

I first joined the Marie Curie team as a Research Associate in 2016, delivering research and evaluations with patient, carer, and staff experience at the core. Examples include the exploration of the barriers and facilitators to specialist palliative care in care homes, and an evaluation of out of hours palliative care services.

Prior to the move into research, I specialised in public involvement, youth and community development. A key achievement in this career phase was the development and implementation of a UK-wide involvement programme for children and young people with cancer.





When employed as a researher my interest was in conducting pragmatic studies that quickly effect positive change. My focus was on health, specifically the lived experience of people with life limiting illnesses , their families, and the frontline health and care professionals who support them.


I have considerable knowledge and practical experience of public involvement in health and care research, service development and evaluation. Over eighteen years, I have led involvement initiatives in the charity and public sector, facilitated and promoted public voice in decision-making at local, regional, and national level. I have successfully worked with people of all ages and phases of life, professions, and levels of seniority.

As lead for public involvement at the Wales Cancer Research Centre, and an Involvement Champion for the School of Medicine, I work with public contributors, staff and students, to facilitate and embed public involvement across research and teaching.

A recent accomplishment is the launch of the Public Involvement in Research Impact Toolkit (PIRIT). Developed by public contributors and team members at the Marie Curie Research Centre and Wales Cancer Research Centre, it will help the wider research community to plan meaningful public involvement in research, track and demonstrate the difference it makes. 

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