Rachel is a chartered physiotherapist and senior research fellow with a PhD in Physiotherapy. Her research interests include rehabilitation in neurology with a specific interest in stroke and complex interventions. She is currently investigating the use of digital health technologies, including haptics, computer games and virtual reality to improve neurological rehabilitation. She is a UK Research and Innovation Future Leader Fellow (2020), an experienced clinician, senior lecturer, council member of the Society of Research in Rehabilitation and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Rachel is an experienced senior physiotherapist and has mentored clinicians and students for over a decade. She has specific expertise in neurological rehabilitation including stroke, neuropathies and brain injury and is passionate about producing and implementing evidence to improve the lives of patients. Rachel is also a Health and Care Professions (HCPC) partner, undertaking fitness to practice and continuing professional development assessments, a council member of the Society of Research in Rehabilitation and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Rachel has spoken at national and international conferences and is a founder member of the online grass roots movement to improve upper limb rehabilitation (#transformULrehab). She has been awarded travelling fellowships to Canada and the USA to further her research and has published on peripheral neuropathies, neuromuscular disease, stroke, rehabilitation and technology. She regularly reviews for national and international journals and for research funders including the NIHR and Stroke Association. Rachel has gained research funding from a range of organisations including NIHR Academic Health Science Networks, charities and is the one of the first physiotherapists in the UK to receive a prestigious UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship. This fellowship provides at least 7 years of funding for her to pursue programmatic research into digital health technologies in stroke rehabilitation. Her project will address the difficult problem of how we can design, develop and implement health technologies into healthcare, and comprise trans-disciplinary training, mentorship and international secondments as well funding to recruit and lead a small research team.