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Dr Clare Thetford

Senior Research Fellow
School of Nursing

Clare is a researcher within the School of Nursing. Clare leads and collaborates on multi-disciplinary research projects across a range of health and social care issues, including stroke, vision impairment, peer support, leisure and rehabilitation. She has a particular interest in the use of qualitative research methods to explore service user and provider perspectives to inform service improvement and design.

Clare is currently based within the stroke research team, within the School of Nursing and is working on a number research themes and projects, including end of life care, disability and sport/leisure, and development of condition-specific health-related measures of quality of life with colleagues internal and external to The University of Central Lancashire, nationally and internationally. Clare also provides supervision for postgraduate research students.

Clare completed her PhD in Demography at the Australian National University, Canberra in which she examined childbearing decision-making among women with hepatitis C using qualitative methods. Clare has since held research posts at the University of Manchester, the University of Liverpool and the University of Central Lancashire where she has collaborated on and led multi-disciplinary and multi-method research projects on various aspects of health and social care, involving engagement with a wide range of patient, service user and service provider groups.

Clare also worked for a time as Research Manager at the Equality and Human Rights Commission here she was responsible for the commissioning and management of a range of research projects. Clare has over ten years’ experience of predominantly qualitative research with people with vision impairment, in addition to having completed projects on health conditions and services including end of life care, stroke, leisure, diabetes, disability and rehabilitation, injecting drug use and periodontal care. She has conducted a great deal of work with populations who can be ‘difficult-to-reach’, taking an empowering approach to enabling them to share their views and influence the design of service provision. Through this work, she has also been involved in the creation, management of and working closely with patient and public involvement groups, to ensure that research projects address the priorities of service users and the research is conducted in a way that is both acceptable and meaningful to participants.

Positions held:

  • Senior Research Fellow, University of Central Lancashire, 2016- Present
  • Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, 2011-2016
  • Research Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), 2009-2011
  • Research Associate, Health and Community Care
  • Research Unit (HaCCRU), The University of Liverpool, 2005-2009
  • Research Associate, Geography Department, University of Liverpool, May-August 2005
  • Research Associate, Human Communication and Deafness, The University of Manchester, 2004-2005
  • Research Officer, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), The University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2002-2004 Corporate Data Administrator, TMP Worldwide, Sydney, Australia, 2001-2002