Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Lynne Stobbart

Senior Research Associate

Background

Introduction

I am an experienced researcher in health and social sciences, and a former nurse with expertise in neurosurgery, neurotrauma and neuroclinical trials. I am particularly interested in ethical and psychosocial aspects of healthcare decision making, amongst patients, healthcare professionals and organisations, and in wider society, in both clinical and research contexts. My doctoral research, an ethnographic study in an acute stroke unit, combined some of these issues in examining the conduct of randomised controlled clinical trials in the acute and hyperacute period following stroke. It can be accessed here https://theses.ncl.ac.uk/dspace/handle/10443/1944

I also contribute to the delivery of postgraduate teaching and supervision.

Roles and Responsibilities

I am a member of the Health & Social Care Research Theme, The Patient & Public Involvement Special Interest Group and The Qualitative Research Support Network.

Qualifications

2012 PhD (Health Services Research), Newcastle University

2002 MSc Health Sciences (Research Methods), Northumbria University                                                  

2003 Certificate in Exercise and Fitness, Newcastle College
1999 Certificate in Management Development, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust/Newcastle University

1991 E.N.B. 998, Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice, Continuing Nurse Education & Research Unit, Newcastle upon Tyne

1989 E.N.B. 148 for Neuromedical & Neurosurgical Nurses, Continuing Nurse Education & Research Unit, Newcastle upon Tyne

1987, Registered General Nursing Certificate, Shotley Bridge Nurse Teaching Centre

Employment History

2010 - present: Senior Research Associate, Institute of HEalth & Society , Newcastle University

2015 - 2018 Lead for Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement, NIHR & NHS Blood & Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation, IHS Newcastle University (in collaboration with University of Cambridge)

2010-2013: Senior Research Associate & MAGIC Shared Decision Making Facilitator, IHS, Newcastle University

2009-2010: Research Associate, Institute of Health & Society (IHS), Newcastle University

2005-2009: Department of Health, Research Capacity Development Research Fellow

2004-2005: Research Associate, School of Population & Health Sciences, Newcastle University

2001–2004: Research Associate, Dept. Neurosurgery, Newcastle University

1994–2001:Clinical Trials Manager, Directorate of Neurosciences, Newcastle General Hospital

1992-1994: Audit Sister, Dir. Neurosciences, N.G.H.

1987-1992: Staff Nurse/Senior Staff Nurse throughout Dir. Neurosciences  (inc. Post-Reg. Studentship ENB 148.)
Informal Interests

Public Engagement Activities

2018: Co-chair Conference Organising Committee for the First Conference on International Perspectives on Evaluation of Patient and Public Involvement in Research. Newcastle University, November 2018.

2018: Facilitator - PPI Evaluation Workshop: What's so important about patient and public involvement in research?

2018: Planned and delivered public event - Showcasing Research in NIHR BTRU Organ Donation and Transplantation, Institute  of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital

2018: Chair: Patient and Public Panel Discussion. Stakeholder Meeting discussing provision of a clinical service for face transplantation. Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.

2016: Presented and facilitated at launch of FMSEngage Online Patient and Public Involvement Peer to Peer Support Forum. Newcastle University.

2016: Facilitator - PPI Peer To Peer Support Forum Workshop

2016: Planned and delivered patient and public awareness raising half day event. NIHR Blood & Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation, Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital

2016: NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation publicity stand at 'It's OK to Ask Campaign', Freeman Hospital

2014: Presentation - Role of the RDS Patient and Public Consumer Panel. Patient and Public Involvement Matters: Creating Connections - Better Together. Newcastle Business School.

Informal Interests

Running, weight lifting, strength and conditioning training.

I also act as mentor for The Girls' Network.


Research

Research Interests

I am an experienced researcher in health and social sciences, and a former nurse with expertise in neurosurgery, neurotrauma and neuroclinical trials. I am particularly interested in ethical and psychosocial aspects of healthcare decision making, amongst patients, healthcare professionals and organisations, and in wider society, in both clinical and research contexts. My doctoral research, an ethnographic study in an acute stroke unit, combined some of these issues in examining the conduct of randomised controlled clinical trials in the acute and hyperacute period following stroke. It can be accessed here https://theses.ncl.ac.uk/dspace/handle/10443/1944

My research interests include ethical, psychosocial and relational aspects of healthcare decision making, amongst patients, healthcare professionals and organisations, and in wider society, in both clinical and research contexts. I am interested in employing ethnographic methods in order to examine reported and observed behaviours and to explore the reasons for, and impact of, their convergence/divergence. More specifically, I am interested in ethical, psychosocial, organisational and societal implications of organ donation and transplantation, end of life care, and the engagement of vulnerable or under-represented groups in health care research.

I also contribute to the delivery of postgraduate teaching and supervision.

Other Expertise

Clinical trials management (mostly neurosciences - pharmaceutical and surgical interventions, invasive monitoring). Data management.
Neurotrauma/neurosurgical nursing.

Media analysis.

Current Work

I am currently undertaking a process evaluation of the NIHR HTA funded ACTIVE Study: External frame versus internal locking plates for articular pilon fracture fixation in adult patients - a multicentre RCT.

Funding

2018: Reaching Out RDS INVOLVE: Widening our reach in involving patients and the public in research by building new and lasting partnerships with diverse communities. (Co-applicant) £22,190

2016: Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund.  Exploring patients' decision making regarding kidney transplantation. (Principal Investigator) £32,000

2016: Faculty of Medical Sciences, Engage FMS PPI/E Peer-to-peer Support Forum: Training Needs Assessment for people involved in research. (Co-applicant) £4.346

2016: Newcastle University Institute for Ageing Early Career Researcher Funding: Chronic illness, gender and the ageing body: an exploratory investigation of the experiences and motivations for sustained involvement in community cardiac rehabilitation in NE England. (Co-applicant supporting Dr Anu Vaittinen).

2014: NHS England NHS111 Learning & Development Pilots, Phase 2 Independent Academic Evaluation Partner. (Lead Applicant and Co-Principal Investigator) £289,434

2013: The Health Foundation: understanding, promoting and enhancing shared decision making in the clinical consultation: The Back Box Project. (Co-Principal Investigator) £248,205

2013: Patient and Public Engagement Seedcorn Funding, Faculty of Medical Science, Newcastle University Social Science Research in Transplantation - seeking the patient and public perspective. (Lead Applicant) £1,955

2005: NCC RCD Researcher Developement Award (Personal Award) £171,327                                      

2005: The Stroke Association (Project Grant. Main author,coapplicant) £139,432                                  

1995: Roald Dahl Foundation. Two year pump-priming funds for establishement of Paediatric Head Injury Support Sister post at Newcastle General Hospital £50,000 (approx.) 

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

2018 - ongoing: BMS 3015 - Lecture: The informal work of healthcare - Patients and their carers

2005 - 2011 Social science tutor for MiC Modules for MBBS and MBBS Accelerated Programme Stages 1 & 2

Postgraduate Teaching

MRes in Medical and Molecular Biosciences - Ethical issues in the conduct of clinical trials
MSc Health Sciences, Project Management Module: The Role of the REC and Research Ethics
MSc Shared Decision Making in Chronic Diseases (Sunderland University)

Undergraduate Supervision

2018: Bimasal Tabassum, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, Student Research Project. Awarded 2017/18 Stage 3 Research Project Prize for dissertation 'Using qualitative feedback to improve a healthcare practitioner health literacy intervention' (Jointly with Prof. Gill Rowlands) 

2018: Molly Lawrenson, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, Student Research Project 'A preliminary exploration of young women's views about the representation of women in clinical trials'.

2016: Cinthu Vivehananthan, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences Student Research Project. Awarded 2015/16 Stage 3 Research Prject prize for dissertation 'Understandingillness blogs relating to autism: a comparative analysis'. (Jointly with Dr Tim Rapley)

2004-2007: Jane Barnes, BA (Hons) Nursing Practice, Northumbria University (Workplace Supervisor)

Postgraduate Supervision

2018 - ongoing: Nadege Uwamahoro, PhD Student. 'Designing and intervention to improve access to health services for young people living with HIV in Thyolo, Malawi.(Jointly with Prof. Richard Thomson & Prof. Gill Rowlands)

2015 - 2018: Rebecca Patterson, ESRC Doctoral Training Fellow. 'Blessed yet bereft: a qualitative exploration of family member experience of heart, liver and/or lung transplantation in the UK'. (Jointly with Prof. Cath Exley and Prof Andrew Fisher) 

2012 - 2013: Rebecca Patterson, MSc Public Health & Health Services Research. 'To what extent and in what ways has print media portrayal of assisted suicide altered over time? (jointly with Dr Cath Exley)

2010 - 2012: John Davis, MSc Clinical Research (distinction)


 

 

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