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Rachel is a Senior Fellow in the Stroke Research Team within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and Senior Development Manager for the Lancashire Research Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing (LIFE). She is a nurse with a background in clinical and health service research, research and health service management, engagement and clinical leadership. Her research interests include stroke prevention, workforce development and global challenge research.
Rachel has been involved in clinical research for over 25 years. Her interest in research developed from clinical practice, particularly in the field of stroke care and acute neurological injury. She initially worked as a research nurse and was part of a team developing original research in hyper-acute stroke including clinical trials, translational research and imaging studies. Her role developed in to that of a research manager and she has held a variety of posts including managing portfolios of research within clinical academic units, NIHR clinical research networks, University research facilities, University research support services for faculties and within research active Primary and Secondary care NHS organisations. She has led on the development of effective research and innovation strategies, and large scale strategic innovations to support the development of research. Prior to joining UCLan in May 2016, she held the post of Associate Director of Research and Development at Salford Royal NHS Trust. Alongside her roles, she has continued to maintain her own research interest, publishing in the areas of acute stroke care, imaging and impacts of stroke.
Registered General Nurse
2015 PG Dip (Merit), NHS Leadership Academy, University of Birmingham
2008 CMS (Distinction), University of Manchester/ Salford College
2003 MSc Health Psychology, Merit, University of Central Lancashire
1996 BSc (Hons) Psychology, First class, University of Central Lancashire
Rachel is currently leading on, and involved in a number of projects relating on stroke workforce development, stroke prevention and global health challenges relating to stroke.
Lancashire and Cumbria Stroke Systems Board member
Lancashire and Cumbria Stroke Prevention Alliance member
NWC Stroke Training and Education working group
Aug 2017 - Jul 2020
Jul 2017 - 2018
Dec 2016 - Mar 2018
Jul 2016 - 2018
Indian National Stroke Conference, New Delhi, India
UK Stroke Forum, Liverpool, UK