Rebecca is the Stroke Association HRH The Princess Margaret Senior Lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Rebecca's research is focused on the implementation of evidence based stroke care and evaluation of complex interventions in real world settings. Rebecca has a particular interest in community based rehabilitation services and the implementation of evidence based Early Supported Discharge.
Rebecca has a First class Neuroscience BSc degree and completed PhD and post doctoral research in Neurophysiology at the Institute of Neurology, University College London. Rebecca then spent three years working in Industry developing interests in the translation of scientific principles and understanding into real-world applications.
stroke rehabilitation, early supported discharge, service development, implementation, health services research
Dr Rebecca Fisher has nationally recognised expertise in the field of community stroke rehabilitation and on the topic of Early Supported Discharge. She has been leading change across the boundary… read more
MORRIS, J. H., BERNHARDSSON, S., BIRD, M. L., CONNELL, L., LYNCH, E., JARVIS, K., KAYES, N. M., MILLER, K., MUDGE, S. and FISHER, R., 2019. Implementation in rehabilitation: a roadmap for practitioners and researchers: Disabil Rehabil Disabil Rehabil. 1-10 FISHER, R., CHOULIARA, N., BYRNE, A., LEWIS, S., LANGHORNE, P., ROBINSON, T., WARING, J., GEUE, C., HOFFMAN, A., PALEY, L., RUDD, A. and WALKER, M., 2019. What is the impact of large-scale implementation of stroke Early Supported Discharge? A mixed methods realist evaluation study protocol: Implement Sci Implement Sci. 14(1), 61
BOYD, L. A., HAYWARD, K. S., WARD, N. S., STINEAR, C. M., ROSSO, C., FISHER, R. J., CARTER, A. R., LEFF, A. P., COPLAND, D. A., CAREY, L. M., COHEN, L. G., BASSO, D. M., MAGUIRE, J. M. and CRAMER, S. C., 2017. Biomarkers of stroke recovery: Consensus-based core recommendations from the Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable: Int J Stroke Int J Stroke. 12(5), 480-493
Dr Rebecca Fisher has nationally recognised expertise in the field of community stroke rehabilitation and on the topic of Early Supported Discharge. She has been leading change across the boundary between research and practice, working strategically within the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network and national NIHR CLAHRC stroke group. Rebecca leads Implementation research designed to find ways to ensure the evidence base informs the procurement, content and delivery of healthcare.
Rebecca's expertise is in the implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in real world settings. Current research studies include a collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians' Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme to investigate the effectiveness and sustainability of Early Supported Discharge services. It's vital that inequality in community based stroke service provision is addressed and that all stroke survivors receive the best evidence based care.
Rebecca led the Stroke Rehabilitation Programme within the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) - a partnership focusing on adoption and spread of innovation and best practice within the NHS. Rebecca works in close collaboration with Clinical Networks and clinical and local authority partners to promote the development and sustainability of evidence based community stroke services.
Rebecca currently supervises five PhD students and research investigating: provision of stroke care in rural settings, rehabilitation for severe stroke survivors, young carers of stroke survivors, commissioning of stroke services and unmet needs of the Malaysian stroke population.
Rebecca is also co-chair of the Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership group, a stroke survivor group that provides guidance and input to research studies at Nottingham.
Current research funding
What is the impact of large scale implementation of stroke Early Supported Discharge? WISE study NIHR HS & DR: £618,548.90 (2017-2020). RJ Fisher, M Walker, P Langhorne, T Robinson, S Lewis, J Waring, C Geue, A Hoffman, A Rudd
Implementation of Stroke Early Supported Discharge in Scotland. Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland: £36,015 (2017). P Langhorne, RJ Fisher, T Quinn, M Walker, M MacGillivary, K Brennan, H Bryceland, MJ MacLeod.
Stroke Association HRH The Princess Margaret Senior Lectureship Award. Stroke Association: £405,289 (2016-2021). RJ Fisher.
Behavioural intervention for Stroke Carers. NIHR RfPB: £243,557 (2014-2017). MF Walker, RJ Fisher, S Thomas, O Newell, C Greensmith, C Cobley, N Sprigg