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Nicola Hancock qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of East London in 1992, with a first-class BSc (Hons) and clinical distinctions. She was awarded the Joan Piercy prize for student of the year on graduation. Nicola worked clinically at Addenbrooke’s hospital Cambridge and at the QEH, Kings Lynn as a highly specialist clinical therapist and team leader in neurology, before moving to UEA and completing her PhD
Nicola has worked both nationally and regionally to develop stroke rehabilitation services, representing physiotherapy on the Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (2005-present) and co-authored three sets of National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke (2008, 2012, 2016) She was National Hon Chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) 2004-2008. In 2016, Nicola was awarded a Fellowship of ACPIN in recognition of her career-long commitment to advancing neurorehabilitation practice.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Principle research interests include: investigating activity that might promote recovery of coordinated, functional lower limb movement early after stroke onset and characterising movement patterns to enable rehabilitation strategies to be targeted appropriately; personalised approaches to rehabilitation in stroke and brain injury, including evaluation of supported self-management and co-development of innovative technologies; and evaluation and implementation of quality improvement projects in the NHS.
Nicola's PhD was titled: Investigations into the potential for using Reciprocal Pedalling Exercise to assess, measure and enhance lower limb function after stroke. Supervisory team: Professor Valerie Pomeroy and Professor Lee Shepstone (UEA) with Professor Phil Rowe (University of Strathclyde)
Post-doctorally, Nicola has won a place on the Design Council Design Mentoring Programme, supported by a successful application for £15,000 Proof of Concept monies from UEA. She is working with a team at UEA, the Design Council Associate and a Design Agency of the development of a device to retrain walking early after stroke. This work has been awarded Norwich Research Park Translational funding (£40,450: November 2015) with further impact funding from UEA in 2017, followed by an Innovation Development grant (£84,000) in 2019.
Nicola is currently leading an HEEoE-funded quality improvement evaluation (£150,000) to support the implementation of the "Bridges" sustainable model of integrating self-management support across stroke and neurological rehabilitation services in the East of England. She is a member of the international 'ViaTherapy' working party, the team produced an app to enable therapists to rapidly access best evidence for upper limb rehabilitation after stroke. Updated evidence reviews are underway (2019).
Nicola teaches neurological rehabilitation, leadership & entrepreneurship and research across both the BSc and Pre-Reg MSc Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy programs at UEA.
Expert Consultancy and Peer Review:
Nicola has advised on key national documents including the National Stroke Strategy (2007, update 2017). Her role on the RCP Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party involves participating in the development of National Stroke Audits as part of SSNAP, the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme; and contributing to the writing of the internationally renowned National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke.
Peer review has been carried out for the Stroke Association research grant awards committee, and of research papers submitted to Physiotherapy Research International, Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, BMC Health Services Research, Physiotherapy, Frontiers in Neurology, Disability and Rehabilitation. Nicola was a member of the critical review group for the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland consensus statement on use of electrical stimulation following stroke (2014).
Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia
Award Date: 1 Jan 2014
Research Strategy Group member, INPA: International Neurological Physical Therapy AssociationOct 2020 → …
Member of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party, Royal College of Physicians2005 → 2019
Chair, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in NeurologyMar 2004 → Mar 2008
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Meeting the neurorehabilitation need for kinematic measures of everyday movement using novel motion tracking (Biokido): validity and test-retest reliability
5/04/21 → 4/01/22
Hancock, N. & Houghton, J.
1/03/18 → 11/07/20
1/12/15 → 30/09/16
Investigating the relationships between three important functional tasks early after stroke: Movement characteristics of sit-to-stand, sit-to-walk and walkingChandler, E. A., Stone, T., Pomeroy, V. M., Clark, A., Kerr, A., Rowe, P., Ugbolue, U. C., Smith, J. & Hancock, N. J., 14 May 2021, In : Frontiers in Neurology. 12, 660383.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile12 Downloads (Pure)
Neurophysiological changes accompanying reduction in upper limb motor impairments in response to exercise-based virtual rehabilitation after stroke: systematic reviewEllis, F., Kennedy, N., Hancock, N. & Pomeroy, V., 6 Jun 2021, In : Physiotherapy.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Literature review
CAPAbility: Comparison of the JOURNEY II Bi-Cruciate Stabilised and GENESIS II total knee arthroplasty in performance and functional ability: protocol of a randomised controlled trialClarke, C., Pomeroy, V., Clark, A., Creelman, G., Hancock, N., Horton, S., Killett, A., Mann, C., Payerne, E., Toms, A., Roberts, G., Smith, T., Swart, A. M. & Mcnamara, I., 24 Feb 2020, In : Trials. 21, 15 p., 222.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile30 Downloads (Pure)
Identification of neuromuscular targets for restoration of walking ability after stroke: precursor to precision rehabilitationHancock, N., Shepstone, L., Rowe, P. & Pomeroy, V., Apr 2020, In : Physiotherapy Research International. 25, 2, e1816.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)7 Downloads (Pure)