Dr Rachel Stocker
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2057
- Address: Institute of Health and Society
Newcastle Biomedical Research Building
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am a health services researcher with particular research interests in chronic and/or life-limiting conditions (particularly heart failure and diabetes), ageing and the wellbeing of older adults, palliative and end of life care, the boundary of NHS and social care, and experiences/outcomes for patients, families, and staff.
I use a variety of methodologies, primarily qualitative, and have interest in mixed methodologies. I'm also experienced in systematic reviewing.
I have experience of involving patients and the public in research at all stages of the research cycle, including idea generation, design, analysis, and publication/dissemination. I have also published a policy and research-based briefing on palliative and end of life care for Parliament, influencing Government and wider policy agendas.
More recently my work has focused on the Gateshead Care Home Vanguard programme, and an NIHR HS&DR funded mixed-methods study exploring the organisation of GP care in care homes.
Doctor of Philosophy, Durham University
Masters in Health Psychology, Teesside University
Bachelor of Science (2:1), Psychology with Criminology, Leeds Beckett University
Health Research Methodologist, NIHR Research Design Service, Durham University
BPS/POST Fellow, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, Houses of Parliament, Westminster
Tutor (Qualitative and Quantitative Health Research Methods), Durham University
Module Leader (Promoting Health, Preventing Illness), Teesside University
Visiting Lecturer (Exercise Psychology I, II, Research Methods), Sunderland University
Research Assistant, University of Leeds
Honorary Assistant Psychologist / Research Assistant, Tees, Esk, and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust & South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
I completed my PhD at Durham in June 2014, with a thesis entitled “Experiences and perceptions of the role of palliative and end of life care in heart failure: A modified grounded theory study”.
Close to the end of my PhD I also undertook a three month fellowship, funded by the British Psychological Society, at the Houses of Parliament, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). I researched and produced briefing materials on palliative and end of life care, for use by parliamentarians and available to the general public. This parliamentary briefing can be downloaded here: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-481.pdf .
- Stocker R, Close H, Hancock H, Hungin APS. Should heart failure be regarded as a terminal illness requiring palliative care? A study of heart failure patients’, carers’ and clinicians’ understanding of heart failure prognosis and its management. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 2017, 7(4), 464-469.
- Fenton G, Hill K, Stocker R, House A. Older adults at risk of a cardiovascular event: a preliminary investigation of their experiences of an active lifestyle scheme in England. Ageing and Society 2015, 35(10), 2141-2155.
- Stocker R, Hobbs A. Palliative and End of Life Care. London, UK: Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, 2014. 481.
- Stocker R, Close H. Assessing the uptake of the Liverpool Care Pathway for dying patients: a systematic review. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 2013, 3(4), 399-404.
- Stocker R, Close H. A novel method of enhancing grounded theory memos with voice recording. The Qualitative Report 2013, 18(1), 1-4.
- Stocker R, Close H, Hungin APS. End of life care in heart failure: Is it time to reinvent the wheel?. In: Richards,R;Creek,J, ed. Chronicity, Care, and Complexity. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.
- Stocker R, Bamford C, Brittain K, Duncan R, Moffatt S, Robinson L, Hanratty B. Care home services at the vanguard: stakeholder views on the development and evaluation of novel, integrated approaches to enhancing health care in care homes. BMJ Open 2018, 8, e017419.
- Stocker R, Bamford C, Brittain K, Duncan R, Moffatt S, Robinson L, Hanratty B. Care home services at the vanguard: a qualitative study exploring stakeholder views on the development and evaluation of novel, integrated approaches to enhancing healthcare in care homes. BMJ Open 2018, 8.