Dr. Clare Thetford

Research Fellow

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB444

+44 (0) 1772 89 5428


Subject Areas: Nursing and Midwifery, Social Care, Sociology

Clare is a qualitative researcher in health and social care with a particular interest in chronic conditions and disability in older people. Her work focuses in particular upon sight loss, diabetes and stroke.

Full Profile

Clare joined the Stroke Research Team at UCLan in 2016, from the University of Liverpool where she had led and worked on a range of qualitative and mixed methods research projects conducted both as NHS programmatic research and community based projects funded by leading UK charities.

Her work focuses on the use of qualitative research methods to inform health and social care for older and disabled people. She has a particular interest in personal experiences of sight loss and addressing the needs of people with vision impairment, in which she has used narrative methodological approaches.

Other areas of research interest surround peer support groups and other community-based, activity-focussed groups in rehabilitation, improving wellbeing, and resilience.

Clare has also worked as a Research Manager at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


  • PhD Demography, Australian National University, 2004
  • MA Population Studies (Distinction), University of Liverpool, 2000
  • BA (Hons) Geography (2:1), University of Liverpool, 1999


Thetford, C., Bennett, K., Hodge, S., Knox, P.C, Robinson, J. (2015). Resilience and vision impairment in older people. Journal of Aging Studies. Vol 35 (15) p37-58.

… Hodge, S., Thetford, C., Knox, P.C., Robinson, J. (2015). Finding your own way around: experiences of health and social care provision for people with a visual impairment in the UK. British Journal of Visual Impairment. Vol 33 (3) 200-211.

C. Thetford, P. Knox, S. Hodge, S. Harding and S. Taylor. (2013) Patient experiences of treatment for wet AMD with Lucentis (Ranibizumab) injections. British Journal of Visual Impairment. Vol 31 (2), 89-101.



SHAPED: Study of HAllucinations in Parkinson's disease, Eye disease, and Dementia. With University of Liverpool and Kings College, London. (NIHR programme Grant).

ISDR: Individualised Screening for Diabetic retinopathy. University of Liverpool/St Pauls Eye Clinic, Liverpool. (NIHR Programme Grant).

Habilitation services for children and young people with vision impairment in the UK (Guide Dogs UK)

Emotional support needs for people with sight loss (Liverpool PCT)

Patient experiences of treatment with Ranibizumab (Lucentis) for wet AMD (Macular Society)

The Impact of the Liverpool Care Pathway on Care at the End of Life (NIHR SDO Programme)


C. Thetford, P. Byrne, M. Gabbay, S.P. Harding, D. Broadbent, J. Roberts. Comparing health professionals’ and patient perspectives of individualised screening intervals for diabetic retinopathy screening (Poster presentation). European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Manchester, 23rd – 25th June, 2016.

C. Thetford, P. Byrne, S. Harding, D. Broadbent, A. Wang, M. Gabbay. Translation of scientific knowledge: a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) experience. British Sociology Association, Medical Sociology Group 47th Annual Conference, University of York, 9-11 September, 2015.

P. Byrne, C. Thetford, M. Gabbay, A. Wang, D. Broadbent, S.P. Harding. Patient perspectives of acceptability of risk-based individualised diabetic retinopathy. European Association for the Study of Diabetes, Turin, 26th – 28th June 2015.

C. Thetford, P. Byrne, M. Gabbay, S. Harding, J. Roberts. Patient perspectives of diabetic retinopathy screening and models of diabetes care. Society for Academic Primary Care North, Castle Green Hotel, 27th and 28th November 2014.

C. Thetford, E. Brewer, J. Robinson, S. Hodge, P.C. Knox. Meeting the emotional support needs of people with sight loss. VINCE (Vision Impairment Network for Counselling and Emotional Support), Vision 2020, conference. University of Birmingham, November 8th 2012.