The team is multi-disciplinary, including technologists, social researchers, clinical specialists and innovators. Our team includes 'core members' and associates, some of whom work on specific projects. Our interests are varied and we can also draw on an extended network of colleagues with diverse skills in nursing and allied health professions, psychology, sociology, product design and management.

Alison Marshall, PhD

Professor of Innovation&Entrepreneurship

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Elaine Bidmead, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Digital Health

Elaine's background is in Sociology and Social Research. She researches user acceptance of digital innovations in healthcare.  Elaine has a particular interest in involving and engaging communities and user-groups as partners in the research process.

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Alison Hampson

Head of Teaching, Learning & Student Experience - Institute of Health

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Frances Sapsford, MSc MCSP

Frances has a background in Physiotherapy and was a clinical specialist in neurological physiotherapy prior to coming to the University of Cumbria. Frances’s interests are in the clinical application of digital technologies within a physiotherapy context. Frances is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Institute of Health

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Susie Wilson

Senior Lecturer / Programme Lead MSc Occupational Therapy, Institute of Health

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Visiting Staff:

Victoria Betton, PhD

10th Anniversary Visiting Research Fellow

Kevin Doughty

10th Anniversary Visiting Professor for Digital Transformation of Care Services

Clive Flashman

10th Anniversary Honorary Lecturer

Suresh Rao

Visiting Professor, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust


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