Key Research Interests and Expertise

Principle research interests include: investigating activity that might promote recovery of coordinated, functional lower limb movement early after stroke onset and characterising movement patterns to enable rehabilitation strategies to be targeted appropriately; personalised approaches to rehabilitation in stroke and brain injury, including evaluation of supported self-management and co-development of innovative technologies; and evaluation and implementation of quality improvement projects in the NHS.

Nicola's PhD was titled: Investigations into the potential for using Reciprocal Pedalling Exercise to assess, measure and enhance lower limb function after stroke. Supervisory team: Professor Valerie Pomeroy and Professor Lee Shepstone (UEA) with Professor Phil Rowe (University of Strathclyde)

Post-doctorally, Nicola has won a place on the Design Council Design Mentoring Programme, supported by a successful application for £15,000 Proof of Concept monies from UEA. She is working with a team at UEA, the Design Council Associate and a Design Agency of the development of a device to retrain walking early after stroke. This work has been awarded Norwich Research Park Translational funding (£40,450: November 2015) with further impact funding from UEA in 2017, followed by an Innovation Development grant (£84,000) in 2019.

Nicola is currently leading an HEEoE-funded quality improvement evaluation (£150,000) to support the implementation of the "Bridges" sustainable model of integrating self-management support across stroke and neurological rehabilitation services in the East of England. She is a member of the international 'ViaTherapy' working party, the team produced an app to enable therapists to rapidly access best evidence for upper limb rehabilitation after stroke. Updated evidence reviews are underway (2019). 


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