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Dr Clare Gordon

Senior Research Fellow / Nurse Consultant
School of Nursing

Clare is a registered nurse. She has joint clinical academic post as Senior Research Fellow and Consultant Nurse with UCLan and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, with a focus on developing clinically focused stroke research, education and improvement.

Clare is part of the Stroke Research Team at UCLan. Clare’s main research focus is in humanising and relationship-centred approaches within the field of stroke care. Her interests are pragmatic approaches that are grounded in clinical practice, mainly involving qualitative methodologies, in particular, co-participatory action research methods.

Clare is a former National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Doctoral Fellow. Clare completed her PhD in 2020. Her research used a combined appreciative inquiry and action research approach to co-develop with patient, relatives and staff practices to support humanising relationships on stroke units.

Clare has worked in the field of neurology and stroke care since 1999 and has held the position of Consultant Nurse since 2010. She provides clinical expertise and consultancy to the stroke multidisciplinary team, with a particular clinical interest in rehabilitation and adjustment to life after stroke.

Clare is committed to develop links between clinical practice and academia and contributes the development of specialist stroke nursing and advanced practice. She was previously involved in curriculum development and supervising students on the Health Education Wessex Consultant Practitioner Development Programme in Stroke and Neurorehabilitation, and lectures on undergraduate and post graduate modules in stroke care. She regularly present national and internationally on her research and stroke nursing.

  • PhD, Humanising relational knowing on stroke units, Bournemouth University, 2020
  • MSc Rehabilitation Science, Southampton University, 2006
  • BN (Hons) Nursing, Southampton University, 1998
  • Registered Nurse, Southampton University, 1998
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Action Research
  • Humanising and Lifeworld-led care
  • Person-centred care
  • Stroke Medicine
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • National Stroke Nursing Forum