Meet The Two Women Leading The Research Into Lancashire’s Stroke Care

These Lancashire ladies are leading lights in the County’s research into stroke care.

Dr Liz Lightbody and UCLan’s Professor Dame Caroline Watkins have been given recognition by the University of Central Lancashire and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for their work in stroke services.

In a joint appointment by the two institutions, Dr Lightbody has been selected as a Professor of Stroke Care and Improvement while UCLan’s Professor Watkins is being made an honorary stroke nurse consultant at LTHTR.

The academics will work with the Trust’s team to transform stroke services in Lancashire through identifying, developing, and evaluating, technology enhanced solutions to provide more efficient and cost-effective care.

Professor Lightbody, who has been an active researcher for more than 20 years, said:

“This professorial position is my ideal job, as I am passionate about improving the care for stroke patients and their families, through improved processes of care, development of novel interventions and developing the skills and capability within the workforce.

“I believe there is a true drive between the organisations to improve stroke service delivery through improvement science and research and I think this aligns well with my focus on applied health research, service improvement and implementation.

“The professorial position will provide the opportunity to develop and mentor a team of researchers, who will facilitate further programmatic research in stroke care, that will not only inform care locally, but influence national and global policy.”

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