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Dr David J Clarke

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Dr David J Clarke

Dr David J Clarke - Associate Professor in Stroke Care, Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds

David works within the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, which is part of the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Leeds, UK. He is an experienced qualitative researcher working primarily in the area of stroke rehabilitation. David has a keen interest in how health professionals in stroke services understand and manage their work. He was Chief Investigator for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded ReAcT study which examined factors influencing therapy provision to meet National Clinical Guideline recommendations in eight stroke units in England. The findings of this study have commanded the attention of clinicians and researchers in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands.

David was lead for the Yorkshire sites in the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research funded CREATE study, which used co-production methods to enable stroke survivors, caregivers and health professionals to collaborate in the design and implementation of interventions to increase activity for inpatient stroke survivors.  He is also the lead for the qualitative and process evaluation studies on two NIHR funded Programme Grants for Applied Research. These are the RECREATE study which is investigating ways to reduce sedentary behaviour after stroke (Chief Investigator Professor Anne Forster) and the HERO study, a large individually randomised controlled trial of a home based exercise programme for older adults with frailty (Chief Investigator Dr Andrew Clegg).

Previously, David led the process evaluation team for the Training Caregivers after Stroke (TRACS) trial, and has conducted research examining the work of nurses in stroke rehabilitation teams.

Academic and Professional Qualifications: PhD (Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds), MSc in Health Sciences, BSc in Nursing Studies, Certificate in Education, RN, RMN.

Factors influencing the quality and quantity of therapeutic rehabilitation activity after stroke

Learning outcomes

  • Understand professional and organisational factors influencing the frequency and intensity of therapy provision after stroke
  • Learn ways in which factors influencing the frequency and intensity of therapy provision after stroke have been addressed in stroke services
  • Reflect on the use of the Experience-Based Co-Design process in improving activity levels and inpatient experiences after stroke