Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Rachel Duncan

Clinical Senior Lecturer

Background

Rachel is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. She also an Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust. She undertook her medical training at Southampton University and postgraduate general medical training in the Wessex region. Specialist Training in Rheumatology was undertaken in the South Thames and West Midlands Deaneries and she gained her CCT in rheumatology in 2008.

Rachel’s research career commenced whilst an undergraduate student at Southampton University where she investigated the relationship between low birthweight and renal disease. During her MSc in Rheumatology at the University of Birmingham she became interested in the use of complementary therapies in those with rheumatoid arthritis. Her PhD at Keele University investigated the relationship between radiographic knee osteoarthritis and symptoms in an older population and completing this in 2008.  Her interest in musculoskeletal disease in older people continues and is an area of current research.

Rachel is currently based in the Institute of Health and Society where she co-leads the Ageing and Older People theme and she is also a member of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA). She continues to work at the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust in the Musculoskeletal Directorate where she manages patients with a wide range of rheumatological conditions.

Qualifications

1993       BM  -  University of Southampton

1998       MRCP (UK)  -  Royal College of Physicians, London

2001       MSc Rheumatology  -  University of Birmingham

2007       CCT Rheumatology  -  Royal College of Physicians, London

2008       PhD  -  University of Keele

2014       FHEA  -  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Previous positions

2012 to date:  Clinical Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University. Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

2006 – 2011:       Walport Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology, Keele University

1998 – 2008:       SpR Rheumatology: South Thames and West Midlands Deaneries

1998:                     SHO in Rheumatology, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford

1995 – 1998:       SHO Wessex Medical Rotation

 Memberships

Royal College of Physicians London

British Society for Rheumatology

Society of Academic Primary Care

Research

Research Interests

Healthy ageing in the very old

Musculoskeletal care in older people

Managing frail older people in the community

Care home provision

Current Research

Rachel is the principal investigator of the Newcastle 85 Study. This study commenced in 2006 to determine the full spectrum of health within an inception cohort of 85 year olds, irrespective of health status, and establish the distribution and variability of a broad range of health measures within this age group. It is now in the 10th year of follow up. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/85plus/

She is also involved in research within care homes evaluating the educational needs of carers around arthritis and the organisation of general practice for care homes.

Research Roles

Research Principal Investigator

Co-lead of the Ageing and Older People theme in the Institute of Health and Society

Funding

National Institute of Health Research (2018)  £39,260.  Reducing malnutrition and frailty in older people in primary care: understanding the impact of oral health in later life (CoI)

National Institute of Health Research (2018) £60,000. Experiencing Health at 95 : Qualitative interview study with surviving participants from the Newcastle 85 Study (CoI)

National Institute for Health Research (2017) £70,003. Disease and Healthcare usage in the 10th decade – Newcastle 85 Study 10 year follow up. (PI)

National Institute for Health Research (2016) £593,860. Organising General Practice for Care Homes: A multi-method study (CoI)

National Institute for Health Research (2016) £31,233. Exploring the relationship between frailty, multimorbidity and the use of healthcare resource by the very old (CoI)

National Institute for Health Research (2016) £92,400.00. Determinants and burden of differing health trajectories in the very old (PI)

NHS North of England CSU (2014) £39,940.47. Evaluation of the Northumberland High Risk Patient Programme. (PI)

JGW Patterson Foundation (2014) £24,139.00. Arthritis in care homes residents - establishing the educational needs of formal carers (PI)

Research Interests

Healthy ageing in the very old

Musculoskeletal care in older people

Managing frail older people in the community

Care home provision

Current Research

Rachel is the principal investigator of the Newcastle 85 Study. This study commenced in 2006 to determine the full spectrum of health within an inception cohort of 85 year olds, irrespective of health status, and establish the distribution and variability of a broad range of health measures within this age group. It is now in the 10th year of follow up. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/85plus/

She is also involved in research within care homes evaluating the educational needs of carers around arthritis and the organisation of general practice for care homes.

Research Roles

Research Principal Investigator

Co-lead of the Ageing and Older People theme in the Institute of Health and Society

Funding

National Institute of Health Research (2018)  £39,260.  Reducing malnutrition and frailty in older people in primary care: understanding the impact of oral health in later life (CoI)

National Institute of Health Research (2018) £60,000. Experiencing Health at 95 : Qualitative interview study with surviving participants from the Newcastle 85 Study (CoI)

National Institute for Health Research (2017) £70,003. Disease and Healthcare usage in the 10th decade – Newcastle 85 Study 10 year follow up. (PI)

National Institute for Health Research (2016) £593,860. Organising General Practice for Care Homes: A multi-method study (CoI)

National Institute for Health Research (2016) £31,233. Exploring the relationship between frailty, multimorbidity and the use of healthcare resource by the very old (CoI)

National Institute for Health Research (2016) £92,400.00. Determinants and burden of differing health trajectories in the very old (PI)

NHS North of England CSU (2014) £39,940.47. Evaluation of the Northumberland High Risk Patient Programme. (PI)

JGW Patterson Foundation (2014) £24,139.00. Arthritis in care homes residents - establishing the educational needs of formal carers (PI)

Teaching


Rachel obtained the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP) from Newcastle University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She sits on the Teaching and Learning Strategy Group in the Institute of Health and Society. She completed the AURORA programme led by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in 2018.

Postgraduate teaching

M Clin Res – MCR8003 Writing in a Research Setting. Module lead for this core module of the Masters in Clinical Research

M Res MMB8004 – Ageing and Health Module

MSc Medical Sciences – MMS8104 Ageing and Health Module

Undergraduate teaching

MBBS – Participates in teaching and assessment throughout the 5 year programme.

BMS3015 – Healthcare Organisation and Practice

Publications