Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Dr Arabella Scantlebury

Research Associate


I am a mixed methods researcher with experience of conducting quantitative and qualitative research across a range of research projects in health and criminal justice.

I joined Newcastle University in January 2018 to undertake the 'GPED' study which is evaluating the effectiveness of General Practitioner's working in or alongside emergency departments. I am also currently working in collaboration with colleagues from the University of York on the ACTIVE and PRESTO trials, which are comparing different treatment options for patients with pilon (ankle) and thoracalumbar (spinal) fractures respectively.

Prior to joining Newcastle University, I worked as a research fellow in the York Trials Unit at the University of York where I utilised a range of research methods (randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, mixed methods, qualitative evaluations within trials) to undertake research in mental health, e-health, criminal justice and ageing.

Areas of expertise

  • Applied health services research
  • eHealth
  • Qualitative research
  • Qualitative research in the context of randomised controlled trials
  • Systematic reviews


  • 2012-2015 PhD (Health Sciences) "Using socio-technical thinking to explore the implementation of electronic patient records within NHS secondary care organisations." (University of York)
  • 2011-2012 MSc Psychological approaches to health (University of Leeds)
  • 2008-2011 BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science (University of Leeds)

Current and previous positions

  • Research Fellow, University of York, 2015-2017
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of York, 2018 - present 

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Current projects:

  • ACTIVE: External frame versus internal locking plate for articular pilon fracture fixation: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial
  • PRESTO: Pragmatic Randomised Evaluation of Stable Thoracolumbar fracture treatment Outcomes
  • General Practitioners and Emergency Departments (GPED): Efficient Models of Care.
  • Evaluating the impact of implementing electronic patient records
  • What are the implications to patient safety and experience of a major healthcare IT breakdown?


I teach on the following postgraduate modules:

- Evaluative methods in health services research

- Further qualitative research methods

- Fundamentals of research