Professor Lucy Bray

Lucy is based at Edge Hill University and is really delighted to be part of the CASTLE research programme. Lucy is passionate about improving the health of children and young people and most of her work focusses around using innovative methods to facilitate the involvement of children and young people in research and their health care. The majority of Lucy’s research is based on qualitative research approaches and she is involved in the qualitative interview part of CASTLE. Lucy also has lots of experience in consulting children, young people and families to shape and inform research and is co-lead of the Family Engagement work as part of the CASTLE programme.

Role within CASTLE:

Lucy is involved in the Family Engagement work and also the qualitative elements of the CASTLE programme.

Listen to Lucy explain her role within the progamme:

Previous experience:

Lucy is a children’s nurse and academic with over 20 years of experience of working with children, young people and families, both clinically and as a researcher within a range of health care settings.


  • PhD, MSc Nursing (child), BA (Hons) Nursing (child), RN

Core expertise:

  • Qualitative research methods,
  • Research with children, young people and families
  • Patient and public involvement

Publications listing

  • Bray, L., Maden, M., Bewley, T & Carter, B (2018) A systematic evidence synthesis of interventions to engage children and young people in health care consultations about their long-term condition. Journal of Child Health Care.
  • Carter, B., Ford, K., Bray, L., Water, T., Arnott, J., Tichanow, C. and Dickinson, A., (2017) “It’s not who I am”: children’s experiences of growing up with a long-term condition in England, Australia and New Zealand. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing.
  • Carter, B., Bray, L., Keating, P. and Wilkinson, C., (2017) Parent-driven campaign videos: an analysis of the motivation and affect of videos created by parents of children with complex healthcare needs. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, pp.1-17.
  • Snodin, J., Bray, L., Carter, B. and Jack, B., (2016) Shaping the design, methods and ethics of a qualitative study: consulting with children, young people and a teacher. Nursing Research.
  • Carter, B., Sanders, C & Bray, L (2017) Getting poetic with data: Using poetry to disseminate the first-person voices of parents of children with a disability. Patient Education and Counseling
  • Bray, L., Carter, B., Sanders, C., Blake, L. and Keegan, K., (2017) Parent-to-parent peer support for parents of children with a disability: A mixed method study. Patient Education and Counseling. 100 (8) 1537
  • Bray, L & Sinha, S (2017) Developing an information leaflet for children having planned procedures in hospital. Nursing Children and Young People 29 (1) 30-34
  • Carter, B., Arnott, J., Simons, J.M. & Bray, L (2017) Developing a sense of knowing and acquiring the skills to manage pain in children with profound cognitive impairments: mothers’ perspectives. Pain Research and Management.
  • Ford, K., Bray, L., Waters, T., Dickinson, A., Arnott, J & Carter., B. (2017) Auto-driven photo elicitation interviews in research with children: ethical and practical considerations. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing. DOI: 10.1080/24694193.2016.1273977
  • Carter, B., Simons, J.M., Bray, L & Arnott, J (2016) Navigating uncertainty: health professionals’ knowledge, skill and confidence in assessing and managing pain in children with profound cognitive impairment. Pain Research and Management.

Social profiles:

  • Twitter: @LucyBray9