Dr Liz LightbodyReader in Health Services Research - School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire

    Liz is a Reader in Health Services Research in the School of Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire and Past Chair of the National Stroke Nursing Forum (NSNF).  She is a nurse by professional background and has been an active researcher for over 20 years.  Her research expertise is in applied health research, service improvement and implementation.  Her research focus includes acute stroke care (e.g. telemedicine, neurological monitoring, nurse education, oral care, and positioning), psychological adjustment post-stroke (e.g. screening tools, training for stroke service staff and interventions that address the needs of stroke survivors adjusting to life after stroke) and workforce development.

    She is the Chief Investigator for Confirming the Mechanism of Motivational Interviewing Therapy after Stroke (COMMITS) study, a multicentre randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a motivational interviewing based intervention on depression post-stroke; relative to usual care, and to attention control. This study will recruit 1200 participants across 15 sites in the UK.

    She is also the Deputy Director for the UK of the NIHR Global Health Research Group for Improving Stroke Care in India (IMPROVISE), University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.  This programme of work will develop translational research capability, and apply new knowledge and techniques to patient care.