Doctoral Training

 

Excellence in stroke research requires nothing less than the University to be able to attract; recruit, teach and train the very best of post graduate students to Doctoral level. The Ossie Newell Foundation seeks to provide funding to sponsor one PhD scholarship per year for stroke rehabilitation research within the Centre for Doctorial Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research. Meet the CDTRHC team...

Avril Drummond, Professor of Healthcare Research, School of Health Sciences

Avril Drummond, Professor of Healthcare Research, School of Health Sciences

Avril Drummond is an occupational therapist. Her main areas of interest are stroke rehabilitation and conducting randomized controlled trials; she is interested in all aspects of rehabilitation research. She has conducted trials and service evaluations of stroke units, occupational therapy pre-discharge home visits, falls reduction/management, interventions for people with MS, traumatic brain injury, low back pain and total hip replacements.

Avril is currently conducting research into GP 'fit notes', fatigue after stroke, falls, memory rehabilitation after brain injury, vocational rehabilitation and hemianopia.


Chris Sampson, Health Economist

Chris Sampson, Health Economist

Chris has been working as a health economist at the University since 2010; first with the CLAHRC and the Institute of Mental Health and now with the School of Medicine. His research experience lies in the conduct of economic evaluations alongside clinical trials, and has worked and published on trials in a variety of clinical areas including stroke rehabilitation, depression, orthotics, ADHD and diabetic eye screening.

In addition to clinical research he maintains a broad interest in various disciplines such as microeconomics, operations research and medical ethics.


Dr Brian Crosbie

Brian is a sociologist by training. His primary research interests involve qualitative theory and methods. Brian’s general research interests are in the social construction of health technology and health environments as a context for care and recovery. He has experience in investigating multidisciplinary teamwork in stroke care. His current research entails the exploration of evidenced based in-hospital stroke rehabilitation.

As part of the REVIHR study, Brian is exploring, with colleagues, realist evaluation as an approach to understand the interplay of mechanisms that operate in hospital stroke rehabilitation. This work involves understanding how multidisciplinary teams organise their practice towards evidence based patient care.


Dr Heather Buchanan, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Dr Heather Buchanan, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Heather is a Registered Health Psychologist and Course Director for the MSc Health Psychology. Her research primarily focuses on the patient experience in medical and dental healthcare including: (i) the role of motives, expectations and information in dental and medical treatment (ii) anxiety in medical and dental settings (iii) scale development and testing in dental and medical care e.g., anxiety and informational coping and (iv) psychological interventions in improving patient outcomes in dental and medical treatment. Heather uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, with both adult and child populations.


Dr Jane Horne, Research Fellow

Dr Jane Horne, Research Fellow

Jane, an occupational therapist by background, was keen to develop her interest in research and joined the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing in 2009, as treating therapist on the randomised controlled DRESS study, based on an acute stroke unit. She was later employed as a research associate on multi-centre stroke rehabilitation RCT, entitled 'Getting Out of the House.'

In 2011 she was successful in gaining a Stroke Association Junior Fellowship Award, to undertake a PhD looking at regaining confidence after a stroke, and is developing a confidence measure as part of her studies.


Dr Joanna Fletcher-Smith

Dr Joanna Fletcher-Smith

Joanna is an occupational therapist by clinical background and moved into research originally to work on Professor Walkers ‘DRESS’ study. She was then employed by the University of Nottingham as a research therapist working on an NIHR HTA funded phase III multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial of occupational therapy for care home residents with stroke. Joanna completed her MPhil at Nottingham and was awarded the Community Health Sciences part-time studentship to complete her PhD on Occupational Therapy for Stroke survivors residing in UK Care homes.

She was awarded her PhD in December 2015 and is now leading her own Research for Patient Benefit study investigating electrical stimulation of the upper limb after stroke.


Dr Kate Radford, Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Research (Long Term Conditions)

Dr Kate Radford, Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Research (Long Term Conditions)

Kate Radford is an academic Occupational Therapist with a research interest in vocational rehabilitation (VR) and driving. Current research includes an HTA funded feasibility trial of early traumatic brain injury VR, evaluation of an early intervention to support work return after stroke and a trial of peer coaching to promote leisure after stroke.


Dr Laura Condon, Research Fellow, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Dr Laura Condon, Research Fellow, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Laura has a particular interest in psychological support mechanisms and their impact upon rehabilitation and self-management of long-term conditions and is currently undertaking postdoctoral research in stroke rehabilitation on an NIHR-funded feasibility trial delivering psychological support to family members of stroke survivors across the East Midlands.

Her ongoing research interests include peer to peer support in stroke and long-term conditions, and clinical interactions in stroke rehabilitation (supported by a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship).


Dr Neil Coulson, Associate Professor in Health Psychology, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Dr Neil Coulson, Associate Professor in Health Psychology, Rehabilitation and Ageing

As a health psychologist Neil is interested in the role of the Internet in healthcare and how it can be used to either encourage and facilitate behaviour change or support individuals living with long term conditions. He is particularly interested in the role of peer support through the Internet and has published widely in this area and in so doing has also developed a keen interest in the ethics of online research.


Dr Niki Chouliara, Research Fellow, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East Midlands

Niki’s research expertise lies in the use of mixed method approaches to the study of rehabilitation interventions for people with neurological disorders. She is interested in investigating ways to encourage collaborative working between clinicians and researchers in order to promote the uptake of research evidence into practice. Since 2012 she has worked on two NIHR/CLAHRC funded projects looking at facilitating the implementation of evidence based care for stroke survivors.

She currently works on the REVIHR study exploring the delivery of rehabilitation interventions for people early post stroke across four stroke units in the East Midlands.


Dr Rebecca Fisher, Senior Research Fellow & Stroke Rehabilitation Portfolio Manager

Dr Rebecca Fisher, Senior Research Fellow & Stroke Rehabilitation Portfolio Manager

Rebecca Fisher trained as a neuroscientist gaining her PhD from Queen’s Square London. She has experience of working in Industry. Her current research is focused on the implementation of evidence based community stroke services and she is operational lead for the Stroke Rehabilitation Theme within the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.


Dr Roshan das Nair, Consultant Clinical Psychologist; Honorary Associate Professor

Dr Roshan das Nair, Consultant Clinical Psychologist; Honorary Associate Professor

Roshan das Nair is an NHS Consultant, Honorary Associate Professor and a clinical academic Clinical Psychologist. He specializes in the conduct and evaluation of complex interventions, underpinned by psychological and neuropsychological theory and practice. His research has clinical impact for patients and commissioners by impacting clinical guidelines and developing and implementing cost-effective interventions. He has over £1.8 million in research grants (from NIHR and charities) and PhD studentships (from ESRC and charities).

Roshan is an Associate Editor for three international peer-reviewed journals, has been a NICE topic selection panel member, and is a member of the East Midlands Clinical Senate Assembly.


Dr Sarah Goldberg, Associate Professor in Older Persons Care, School of Health Sciences

Dr Sarah Goldberg, Associate Professor in Older Persons Care, School of Health Sciences

Sarah has worked as a nurse in the NHS in both hospital and community settings, developing the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner for frail older people. Her primary research interest is quality of healthcare for older people with cognitive impairment (dementia and delirium). She was trial manager for the randomised controlled trial of a specialist medical and mental health unit compared to standard care wards.

Sarah is peer reviewer for a number of journals and grant bodies and has published and presented widely including in the BMJ, Age and Aging, International Journal of Nursing Studies, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.


Dr Shirley Thomas, Lecturer in Rehabilitation Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Dr Shirley Thomas, Lecturer in Rehabilitation Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Shirley’s broad research interest in is the psychological aspects of physical illness and disability, in particular mood problems and emotional adjustment. She is interested in identifying what factors are related to people developing mood problems, the tools for assessing mood and evaluating psychological interventions. Her research has been concerned particularly with people who have had a stroke. She completed a multicentre randomised controlled trial evaluating behavioural therapy for treating low mood in people with aphasia (communication difficulties) following a stroke.

In terms of methodology she has a particular interest in the development and validation of assessments and evaluating complex interventions


Dr Veronika van der Wardt, Senior Research Fellow

Dr Veronika van der Wardt, Senior Research Fellow

Veronika’s research interests lie in the area of dementia, cognition, research methods, neuropsychological assessment and psychometrics. They include test development, complex clinical trials, health of older people, well-being and learning disabilities. She is currently working on two projects, the Hypertension in Dementia study, which investigates if antihypertensive treatment can be safely withdrawn in people with dementia, and the Balance and the Mind study, which involves an intervention to reduce the risk of falls in people with mild cognitive impairment and early stage dementia.


Marilyn James, Professor of Health Economics, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Marilyn James, Professor of Health Economics, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Worked as health economist in NHS: unit, district and PCT; and private sector as senior global health economist to AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals. Health Economics Advisor to the National Diabetic Retinopathy Network and economics advisor to the Department of Health’s National Screening Committee’s Ante Natal Sub Group. Reviewer for government bodies and research councils; nationally and internationally. Primary objective for her research: applied economic evaluation.

Published and presented widely in the field of clinical and economic evaluation including articles in the BMJ, Rheumatology, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, and the British Journal of Surgery.


Nadina Lincoln, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Nadina Lincoln, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation and Ageing

Nadina Lincoln was a founding member of the Nottingham Stroke Research Unit, established in 1982. Her main expertise is in randomised controlled trials of rehabilitation. These include evaluation of a regaining confidence after stroke course, a trial of memory rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury, evaluation of memory rehabilitation for people with multiple sclerosis and evaluation of adjustment groups for people with multiple sclerosis.
Recent research has involved studies on the assessment of fitness to drive in people with multiple sclerosis and dementia. The studies include validating a battery of cognitive tests to identify whether people are safe to drive. Studies are also in progress on psychological factors related to pain in people with osteoarthritis of the knee.


Penny Standen,  Professor in Health Psychology and Learning Disabilities

Penny Standen, Professor in Health Psychology and Learning Disabilities

Penny is a health psychologist whose main area of research is developing and evaluating new technologies, multimedia and gaming for people with intellectual disabilities to help the acquisition of independence skills and improve cognition and quality of life. This work has resulted from collaboration with computer scientists and the involvement of users at all stages of the research process. This work now encompasses the use of games in motor rehabilitation after stroke and hand surgery and health education in prostate cancer.

Methods include both quantitative and qualitative techniques and address the preliminary stages of the MRC complex interventions framework and evaluative RCTs.


Phillip Whitehead, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow & Research Occupational Therapist

Phillip Whitehead, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow & Research Occupational Therapist

Phillip worked as an occupational therapist in social care services across a variety of different teams including: rapid response, mainstream, and independent living teams. Phillip currently holds an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship and his PhD research focusses on occupational therapy in homecare re-ablement services. The project includes: a systematic review, a qualitative interview study and a feasibility randomised controlled trial. Phillip has also been awarded an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship to develop his skills and knowledge in trials of occupational therapy interventions.

He has an MPhil in rehabilitation research and has peer reviewed publications in occupational therapy, rehabilitation, and methodological journals.


Pip Logan, Professor of Rehabilitation Research

Pip Logan, Professor of Rehabilitation Research

Pip Logan is a Professor of Rehabilitation Research and a clinical academic occupational therapist, HCPC registered.

She specializes in treating and researching stroke rehabilitation and older people’s health issues. Her research work has real clinical impact for patients by changing clinical guidelines and commissioning of evidence based interventions. She holds over £2 million in research grants and was the first person to win a NIHR senior clinical academic award for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.

She is a member of the UK Stroke Forum Committee, the Stroke Research Network, three trial steering committees and presents her work internationally. Pip is currently Head of the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing.

Introductions

  1. Introduction from Professor David Greenaway
  2. Working with Ossie - Professor Marion Walker MBE

David Greenaway

Introduction from Professor Sir David Greenaway, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham

It is my great pleasure to provide an introduction to the Ossie Newell Foundation. Ossie has made a unique contribution to stroke care at local and national level, where he has been a persistent and loyal advocate.

After a distinguished career in construction services and electronics Ossie was not ready for a quiet life of retirement and embarked on an Open University course in Nottingham to obtain a Bachelors of Arts Degree with Honours. As he was completing his final thesis in 1999, at the age of 64, he sadly suffered a stroke.

Ossie’s stroke was devastating in its severity, making him totally dependent on help to walk and requiring full assistance with all daily needs, including washing and dressing. As you may have predicted he tackled this life challenge with the same tenacity he had applied in his sporting and professional careers. Despite his dogged determination it took Ossie nearly two years to achieve a good recovery enabling him to walk, dress and write independently and nearly seven years to regain his ability to draw which has been a life-long pastime.

As Ossie battled with his own personal recovery he realised he had to make a contribution to the lives of others in similar situations to himself. He then embarked on his second career as key advocate for stroke survivors and passionate campaigner. A year after his stroke Ossie founded the Nottingham patient group @astroke which gave support and information to fellow stroke survivors and their families. As his health recovered his input was increasingly sought from many organisations that recognised his unique contribution in driving improvements in stroke services in the East Midlands and nationally.

Ossie has sat on the Board of the Nottingham Queen’s Medical Centre NHS Trust and National Stroke Management Board at the Department of Health. He has also been a member of the East Midlands Cardiac and Stroke Board and chaired the East Midlands Stroke Network Patient Partnership Board. He has spoken at multiple national stroke conferences and delivered impassioned speeches in the House of Commons. His voice is greatly respected at all levels throughout the stroke community and has made a significant contribution to the delivery of better stroke services in the UK.

Over the last decade Ossie has developed an enduring relationship with the University of Nottingham. Until recently he was a co-chair of the Nottingham Stroke Research Consumer Group. This works in partnership with academics at the University and ensures the research undertaken is of importance to those living with stroke, that the timing of the research is appropriate, and that the outcome measures of success are those important to stroke survivors. I can assure you he and his fellow stroke survivors are not shy in telling us when our research falls short!

In recognition of Ossie’s selfless commitment to improving the lives of stroke survivors and for his service to stroke care in the UK, he was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009. He has also been awarded a Commemorative Medal from Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) in recognition of his dedicated work as a media volunteer for stroke.

I could list many more achievements but, it would be remiss of me not to note that his dedication to improving life after stroke and enhancing the services provided to stroke survivors would have been unachievable had it not been for the support and love of his wife Olive and children Louise, Helen and David. Their sacrifice has been our gain.

The Ossie Newell Foundation will provide a fitting and lasting legacy in supporting PhD students pursuing stroke rehabilitation in their studies to improve the lives of stroke survivors in the future.

Professor Sir David Greenaway
Vice-Chancellor, The University of Nottingham

Marian WalkerShortly after retiring from an outstanding career managing 17 engineering companies worldwide, Ossie suffered a major stroke at the age of 64. This had a profound impact on his ability to walk, talk and manage the simplest of daily tasks such as washing, dressing and feeding. Through sheer determination and hard work Ossie recovered sufficiently to enable him to lead a full, but different life, to the one he had known previously.
For those individuals privileged to know Ossie, they will be aware that he has a huge sense of civic duty and an aptitude for work that knows no bounds. With a real desire to give something back for the care and support he received during his recovery, Ossie embarked on his second career as an advocate for fellow stroke survivors and passionate campaigner for the delivery of the best stroke care possible. A year after his stroke Ossie founded the Nottingham patient group @astroke which gave support and information to fellow stroke survivors and their families. As his health recovered his input was increasingly sought from many organisations that recognised his unique contribution in driving improvements in stroke services both in the East Midlands and at a national level. Through unwavering support and dedication, Ossie as ambassador for his fellow stroke survivors, has become greatly respected at all levels throughout the stroke community. He is recognised for having made a major contribution to the delivery of better stroke services in Nottingham, and across the UK.

Over the last decade I have worked very closely with Ossie to ensure that stroke research at the University of Nottingham has the critical voice of stroke survivors and their families firmly embedded in all our work. I can honestly say this partnership has been one of the most productive and enjoyable of my career. He is a joy to work with and his compassion for fellow stroke survivors and their families is truly humbling. Our joint belief that the research done today will impact on the lives of those with stroke tomorrow has been the impetus for the Ossie Newell Foundation and will be his legacy for years to come. Ossie’s sole mission is simply to make the lives of those unfortunate to have experienced stroke a better and more fulfilling one.

Ossie is a truly inspirational man who through his own adversity has given so much to the field of stroke care and stroke research. It has been an honour to work with him over the years and I feel privileged to act as a Trustee of the Ossie Newell Foundation.

Professor Marion Walker MBE
Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation & Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Equality, Diversity and Inclusion