Dr Leslie Gelling

Reader in Research Ethics

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Leslie’s main areas of expertise include the ethical conduct of research and nursing research.

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Leslie Gelling is a nurse with a clinical background and on-going interest in critical care nursing. He has an interest in how high quality research can be undertaken and used by nurses to create a strong evidence base for nursing practice and how nursing care is delivered to patients. As a long-time member and Chair of an NHS Research Ethics Committee, Leslie has also developed an interest in the ethical conduct of research in nursing, medicine, social care and other related fields.

Research interests

  • Research ethics
  • Research integrity
  • Nursing research
  • Research methods
  • Writing for publication

Areas of research supervision

  • Are nurses adequately prepared for practice in the 21st century?
  • Work stress and job satisfaction amongst ITU nurses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • An exploration of practice experiences of HCA/students undertaking a work based learning pre-registration nursing programme.
  • How can Educators support the embedding of best practice into clinical areas?
  • The carry-over effects of aquatic physiotherapy for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
  • A grounded theory study exploring how hospice nurses have become prepared to care.
  • Smoking in school age children.
  • The use of Phono Arthrometry to detect Osteoarthritis in the knee joint.
  • Pre-admission emergency care.
  • Informed consent in clinical trials.


  • Programme Director for the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (Dprof HSC).
  • Teaches research methods and research ethics to undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.


  • PhD
  • MA Applied Research in Health
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
  • Registered Nurse

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editor, ‘Journal of Clinical Nursing’
  • Fellow, European Academy of Nursing Studies (EANS)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
  • Member, Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Monitoring technology to help prevent falls in the elderly in acute hospital settings: a systematic review of the literature (£6,618 from the Anglia Ruskin Health Partnership)
  • Sign up – save lives: teenagers’ attitudes to organ donation (£5,389 from NHS Blood and Transplant)§

Selected recent publications

Gelling, L. (2015) Children and young people’s health: a legal context. In: DeBell D, Jackson P (Editors) Public health practice and the school age population. 2nd Edition. London, Hodder Arnold.

Gelling, L. (2015) Gaining access to the research site. In: Gerrish K, Lathlean, J (Editors) The research process in nursing. 7th Edition. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell.

Gelling, L. (2014) Monitoring technology to help prevent falls in the frail elderly in acute hospital settings: a systematic review. Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University and Anglia Ruskin Health Partnership.

Gelling, L. (2014) Stages in the research process. Nursing Standard.  29(7), 44-49.

Hagena, A., Stananought, N., Greene, M., Asiam, E., Pybus, L., Carroll, F., Gelling, L. (2014) Motor Neurone Disease: what are the support needs of patients and carers? European Journal of Palliative Care. 21(5), 232-235.

Gelling, L. (2014) When to use mixed methods. Nurse Researcher. 21(4), 6-7.

Gelling, L. (2014) Men’s health. Nurse Researcher. 21(3), 6-7.

Jones, S., Gelling, L. (2013) Participation in action research. Nurse Researcher. 21(2), 6-7.

Gelling, L. (2013) A feminist approach to research. Nurse Researcher. 21(1), 6-7.

Gelling, L., Munn-Giddings, C. (2011) Ethical review of action research: the challenges for researchers and research ethics committees. Research Ethics. 7(3), 100-106.

Gelling, L. (2011) The complexities of using grounded theory. Nurse Researcher. 18(4), 4-5.

Edmonds, M., Gelling, L. (2010) The complexities of grounded theory. Nurse Researcher. 17(4), 4-7.

Gelling, L. (2010) Phenomenology: the methodological minefield. Nurse Researcher. 17(2), 4-7.

Recent presentations and conferences

Gelling, L. (Sep 2014) The ethical review of research: reasons for delays in receiving approval. NET2014, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Mulrennan, S.H.M., Gelling, L. (Sep 2013) Development and implementation of a competency framework for diabetes clinical research nurses. Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes Conference 2013, Barcelona.

Hagena, A., Stananought, N., Green, M., Asiam, E., Carroll, F., Pybus, L., Larsson, E., Gelling, L. (May 2013) Motor Neurone Disease (MND): providing specialist palliative care support for patients and their carers. Prague, Czech. 13th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care.

Jones, S., Gelling, L. (Jun 2011) A survey of the role, remit and conduct of university research ethics committees. ENGAGE Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Cambridge.

Gelling, L., Outtrim, J. (Apr 2011) Promoting ethical practice in clinical research: the role of the nurse. RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, London.

Gelling, L. (Apr 2011) Seeking ethical approval for action research and participatory methodologies: consideration of the ethical dilemmas and strategies to successfully navigate the ethical review process. RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Harrogate (UK).

Gelling, L., Outtrim, J. (Apr 2011) The impact if the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on critical care research in England and Wales. RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Harrogate (UK).

Gelling, L. (Nov 2010) Seeking ethical approval for action research: consideration of the ethical dilemmas and strategies to successfully navigate the ethical review process. 2010 Collaborative Action Research Network International Conference, Cambridge.

Gelling, L. (Oct 2010) Involving older people in research: the practical and ethical challenges. Older persons: the future of care. 4th European Nursing Congress and the 14th Research Congress of the Workgroup of European Nurse Researchers, Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

Gelling, L., Haigh, C. (2010) Sub-doctoral student research: ethical considerations and the student experience. NET2010, Cambridge.

Media experience

Editor of ‘Journal of Clinical Nursing’