Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Sarah Moore

NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Research Physiotherapist


I hold a NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship (hosted by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with an Associate Clinical Lecturer appointment at Newcastle University). I am a clinical trialist in early stage rehabilitation trials targeting gait recovery and physical activity behaviour. I lead on two research programmes. The first programme funded by NIHR is systematically developing and testing a multifaceted intervention targeting physical activity and sedentary behaviour after stroke. My second programme funded by the Stroke Association is piloting a community based auditory rhythmical cueing intervention to improve physical activity and gait after stroke. Spanning these two programmes I have a specialist interest in the objective measurement of gait and physical activity in stroke.

Complementing my research programmes I work as a highly specialised physiotherapist delivering rehabilitation in stroke care at Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust. I support a number of clinicians at different stages in their clinical academic careers to develop and deliver research and I assist clinicians to embed research into practice.

I am passionate about progressing stroke rehabilitation, embedding research into clinical practice and taking research from the bench to the bedside.  

Areas of expertise: Stroke, rehabilitation, gait, physical activity and exercise.


My research focuses on stroke rehabilitation with a specialist interest in the fields of physical activity and gait rehabilitation. I currently hold a NIHR Clinical Lectureship (2016-2020) and am systematically developing and testing an intervention targeting long-term physical behaviour after stroke. I am also Chief Investigator on a Stroke Association project grant investigating auditory rhythmical cueing to improve gait and physical activity after stroke.

I am based within the Stroke Research Group and alongside leading my own research programmes in gait and physical activity, I collaborate on a number of other stroke rehabilitation research projects investigating upper limb rehabilitation interventions and biomarkers for recovery. I collaborate closely with the Brain and Movement Group at Newcastle University in the development of methods to accurately measure hemiplegic gait and physical activity using accelerometers and understanding and testing auditory rhythmical cueing to improve gait after stroke.

Being embedded as a clinical academic working both clinically as a physiotherapist in stroke rehabilitation and as an Associate Clinical Researcher allows me to translate my research from bench to bedside. My PhD demonstrated structured exercise leads to improvements in brain health, metabolic risk factors, function and participation after stroke.  These findings were the basis for the Fitness After Stoke (FaST) service I developed in collaboration with Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle City Council in 2012 which continues to run successfully to date. Within my clinical role, alongside working as a physiotherapist in stroke rehabilitation at Northumbria Healthcare, I support the implementation of research findings to practice and the development of other Allied Health Professionals undertaking research, audit and service development.  I lead critical appraisal and guideline implementation training and supervise and mentor AHPs at different stages of their clinical academic training.  I also teach on regional non-medical allied health professional funding master classes and on the NIHR/HEE Integrated clinical academic bridging scheme. I am currently delivering research studies in community stroke services across six NHS Trusts and this active involvement of the services helps to support the clinicians to understand and implement research findings.