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Dr Fiona Lugg-Widger

Dr Fiona Lugg-Widger

Research Associate - Routine Data

+44 (0)29 2068 7519
702C, 7th Floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd, Heath Park


I am a research associate based at the Centre for Trials research working on a number of routine data linkage projects.  I am the lead of routine data linkage for the CTR and have substantial experience in using routinely collected data from multiple sources, including expertise in data governance.

I am currently working on three data-linkage projects as study manager, all of which use routinely collected data and I have substantial experience in gaining approvals of routinely collected data in England, Scotland and Wales (from health, education and social care sectors) as well as expertise in data governance and project management. I work in collaboration with the data safe haven Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) in Swansea, and the equivalent in Scotland (eDRIS). The information centres who I have worked with to access data are: CPRD, NHS Digital, National Pupil Database, SAIL, electronic Data Research & Innovation Service (eDRIS) & Education Analytical Services (EAS).

I am interested in the feasibility and acceptability of using routinely collected data in a trials setting especially using new data sources and exploring the acceptability in different patient populations.


Education and qualifications

  • 2014: PhD (Primary Care & Public Health) Cardiff University
  • 2010: Masters of Research, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
  • 2009: BSc (Microbiology), Cardiff University


Career overview

  • 2014 - present: Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University

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2017: Population Health Conference, Cardiff

2016: International Population Data Linkage Network bi-annual conference, Swansea

2016: South West Society for Academic Primary Care Conference, Cardiff

2015: International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference, Glasgow

2015: General Practice Research on Infections Network Meeting, Galway

2014: South West Society for Academic Primary Care Conference, Bristol

2013: South West Society for Academic Primary Care Conference, Southampton

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2017: Member of the CTR NHS Digital Working group

2014 – present: Chair of the Routine Data | Data Linkage Forum

2012 – 2013: School of Medicine Postgraduate Representative










Research Interests

  • Using routine data / data linkage methods for health & social care research
  • Feasibility and Acceptability of routinely collected data for health & social care research
  • Infections
  • Children & Young People

Current Projects

Building Blocks: 2-6: This is a follow-on study from a trial looking at the effectiveness of a home-visiting intervention (Family Nurse Partnership FNP) for first-time young mothers in England. This study is following up mothers and children using routine data only from NHS Digital (Hospital Episode Statistics HES), Office for National Statistics and the Department for Education (National Pupil database). The primary outcome for this study is the effect of this intervention on reducing child maltreatment.

FNP Scotland: This is a natural experiment comparing usual care (control) with those who received Family Nurse Partnership home visiting intervention (case) in Scotland. Although a similar research question to the above study, this is in a different country, with a different study design. We are accessing data via eDRIS on child health, hospital (various datasets), prescriptions, social care and education data.

LUCI Study: This is another follow-on study, looking at the long-term outcomes of children who presented with a urinary tract infection in their first 5 years of life. Data are being accessed from NHS Digital (HES) and Secure Anonymised Information Linkage SAIL (GP, Hospital, congenital anomalies, microbiology radiology data).

I have also been involved in developing an infections related questionnaire via the HealthWise Wales national population study that will be linked with routinely collected data made available by SAIL.


2017: Early Positive Approaches to Support (E-PAtS) for families of young children with intellectual disability: Feasibility study. Funder: National Institute for Health Research - Public Health Research (NIHR PHR).

2017: Establishing the impact of specialist home-visiting on children's language development and parent-child interaction: developmental pathyways to later adverse outcomes (The BABBLE Study). Funder Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund Cardiff University. £50,000.

2016: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Family Nurse Partnership in Scotland: A natural experiment (FNP Scotland). Funder: Scottish Government Child and Maternal Health Division.

2011: Acute diarrhoea and vomiting in children (The ADVICE Study). Funder: Wales School of Primary Care Research (WSPCR).  £24,000.