The ImpleMentAll consortium is made up of 16 partners from Europe and Australia. Below you can see a list of all the partners contributing to this project. Click on a partner to read more about them and find their contact information.

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Northumbria University

Partner description

Northumbria University (Finch, Rapley & Potthoff) is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic quality. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework research was judged to be “internationally excellent” or “world leading” in all disciplinary areas in which Northumbria submitted. The University overall was the biggest riser in the UK in terms of research.

Academic staff working in the ImpleMentAll project are based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, the largest of the four Faculties that make up Northumbria University. The Faculty comprises of five successful academic departments: Applied Sciences; Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Psychology; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing; and Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation.. Our departments have built up an excellent reputation for research and consultancy activity and a portfolio of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. An exciting research culture thrives within the Faculty. The Faculty is also home to one of the University’s multidisciplinary research themes for addressing global societal challenges of the future; on Integrated health and social care. We deliver regional, national and international research projects, working collaboratively with many external organisations including the NHS and other government agencies and funding bodies, multinational companies, community groups, regional agencies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  The University also has substantial experience as partner or coordinator in international funded research projects, including over 30 projects from the European Commission Programmes from Framework Programme 5 to Horizon 2020, as well as a further 30 projects from other EC funding sources.


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Melissa Girling
Position: Research Fellow

Over the past 19 years, Melissa has been involved in a number of research and evaluation projects in the UK and New Zealand that have provided timely and on-going responses to mental health, substance use and criminal justice issues through developing and implementing monitoring and outcome measures. Melissa is experienced in ethnography, implementation approaches, facilitating workshops, and undertaking focus groups and qualitative interviews. Melissa has worked in the field of implementation science for eight years and has previously worked on the NoMAD Study with Professors Tracy Finch, Tim Rapley and Carl May.

Sebastian Potthoff
Position: Work package 2 Implementation Interventions
Email: sebastian.potthoff@ncl.ac.uk

Sebastian Potthoff is a Research Assistant at Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University. Sebastian’s background is in Health Psychology and for his PhD he was awarded a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowship. As part of his PhD Sebastian applied theories from health psychology and behavioural medicine to develop and evaluate interventions that support healthcare professionals with changing their clinical behaviours (e.g. prescribing, advising and examining). Sebastian has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and conducting narrative and systematic reviews including meta-analyses.

Neil Perkins
Position: Research Fellow
Email: neil.perkins@northumbria.ac.uk

Neil Perkins role entails engaging in qualitative research, with the aim of identifying, characterising and understanding how implementers across different study sites undertake implementation activities, using the ItFits-toolkit, intended to facilitate tailored implementation, and factors affecting this work.

Neil have worked on numerous studies in the public health, healthcare commissioning and social care arenas. Studies have included the evaluation of Health and Wellbeing Boards which aim to improve the health of local populations, and research focusing upon the transition of the public health function from the UK National Health Service into local government. Other studies have investigated how healthcare commissioners manage the interplay of competition and cooperation in their local health economies and the exploration of public health partnerships in affecting public health outcomes and the impact of partnership working between various agencies, in safeguarding vulnerable adults from abuse.

Tim Rapley
Position: Work package 2 Implementation Interventions
Email: Tim.rapley@northumbria.ac.uk

Tim is Professor of Applied Healthcare Research at Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University.  His work has a particular focus on detailed empirical studies of medical practice and research.  He conducts research into the development, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in a wide range of clinical contexts.

Tracy Finch
Position: Lead for Work package 2 Implementation Interventions
Email: tracy.finch@northumbria.ac.uk

Tracy is Professor of Healthcare & Implementation Science, in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. She leads a programme of research on understanding the implementation of innovations in healthcare practice, consisting of several UK National Institute of Health Research and Research Council funded projects, which include theory-based instrument development, intervention development, and process evaluation of clinical trials and other service development interventions. As co-developer of Normalisation Process Theory (May & Finch 2009), her work has a strong theoretical underpinning but reflects over 18 years' experience of empirical study of the implementation of technologies such as telemedicine, telehealth, telecare and e-health, with expertise in both qualitative and mixed methods research. Key recent projects include the ESRC study ‘Improving the normalisation of complex interventions: Developing quantitative measures for users based on Normalisation Process Theory’, which developed and validated the NoMAD tool for assessing and monitoring factors that affect the implementation of complex interventions in healthcare (http://www.normalizationprocess.org/).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 733025.
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