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Prof Amanda Clarke


Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Amanda was a nursing sister on a medical/stroke rehabilitation unit for older adults before graduating with a BA in Social and Political Studies at the University of Sheffield, followed by a MA in Applied Research Methods and Quality Evaluation. She was awarded her Doctorate in Sociology in 2001. Prior to working at Northumbria University, Amanda worked in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield and the University of Aberdeen in the Centre of Academic Primary Care. Professor Clarke was Head of Department of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare at Northumbria University from 2012-18 and has taught extensively across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes. Her research interests focus on the health care of older adults and on end-of-life care, organisation and delivery.   

Amanda Clarke

My work has focused on listening to older adults' views and experiences about later life; specifically, around living with persistent pain and end-of-life issues and developing a programme of education around those needs in a variety of contexts. This has involved working closely with older adults as service users, carers, research participants and peer educators; community advisors and voluntary groups; and health care practitioners from acute, continuing care and primary care settings. Main themes include:

  • Exploring ways in which life story and narrative work may be utilised to gain a more rounded understanding of service users' experiences and needs from a research, policy and practice perspective; 
  • Developing more participatory and innovative ways of working with older adults as research participants, service users, co-researchers and peer educators; 

  • Active ageing in the context of older adult’s everyday lives, especially those with long-term conditions and at the end of life. 

  • End-of-life care, organisation and delivery.  

I support the Workforce & Practice Development research group in the Faculty.

Current awards:

Clarke A, Atkinson J (Joint PIs), Dalkin S, Bate A, Jefferies C, Paes, P: Rapid Response Service Models in End-of-Life Care: What Works for Whom and in Which Circumstances? Marie Curie Research grants scheme £194k. Commencing April 2021 for 24 months. 

Hand A, Brittain K, Clarke A: Exploring and Understanding the Scope and value of the Parkinson’nurse in the UK (The USP Project). Parkinson’s UK £100k. April 2019 for 24 months.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 'For Want of a Nail’: Developing a Transparent Approach to Retroduction and Early Initial Programme Theory Development in a Realist Evaluation of Community End of Life Care Services, McEwan, K., Girling, M., Bate, A., Atkinson, J., Clarke, A., Dalkin, S. 12 Mar 2023, In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • The military spouse experience of living alongside their serving/veteran partner with a mental health issue: A systematic review and narrative synthesis, Senior, E., Clarke, A., Wilson-Menzfeld, G. 18 May 2023, In: PLoS One
  • Student nurse socialization: a model of professional discourse adoption, Jackson, S., Steven, A., Clarke, A., McAnelly, S. 1 Oct 2021, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Exploring and understanding the scope and value of the Parkinson’s nurse in the UK (The USP Project): a realist economic evaluation protocol, Brown, S., Dalkin, S., Bate, A., Bradford, R., Allen, C., Brittain, K., Clarke, A., Hand, A. Oct 2020, In: BMJ Open
  • A constructivist grounded theory study to explore compassion through the perceptions of individuals who have experienced nursing care, Straughair, C., Clarke, A., Machin, A. 1 Jul 2019, In: Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • Ageing, limb-loss, and military veterans: A systematic review of the literature, Caddick, N., Cullen, H., Clarke, A., Fossey, M., Harrington, B., Hill, M., McGill, G., Greaves, J., Taylor, T., Kiernan, M. 1 Aug 2019, In: Ageing & Society
  • Maintaining Independence: A Study into the Health and Social Wellbeing of Older Limbless Veterans, Kiernan, M., Hill, M., McGill, G., Caddick, N., Wilson-Menzfeld, G., Forster, N., McIntyre, C., Greaves, J., Clarke, A., Monkhouse, B., Cullen, H., Osborne, A. 2018
  • ‘They're just who they've always been’: the intersections of dementia, community and selfhood in Scottish care homes, Mullay, S., Schofield, P., Clarke, A., Primrose, W. May 2018, In: Ageing and Society
  • Nursing care for people with delirium superimposed on dementia, Pryor, C., Clarke, A. 31 Mar 2017, In: Nursing older people
  • An Exploration of Clinician Attitudes toward Older Adults Experiencing Mental and Physical Health Problems in the UK, Clifton, A., Clarke, A., Marples, G., Brady, D., Harrington, B., Wilcockson, J. 9 Aug 2016, In: The International Journal of Aging and Society

  • Collette Straughair Understanding Compassion: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study to Explore the Perceptions of Individuals Who Have Experienced Nursing Care Start Date: 04/05/2016 End Date: 30/03/2017
  • Ann Rimmington Research beyond the rhetoric. The human face of the personalisation agenda Start Date: 08/11/2012 End Date: 31/08/2013
  • Emma Senior Military spouses' experiences of living alongside their UK serving partners during a mental health issue. Start Date: 01/08/2019 End Date: 24/02/2023
  • Vikki Park Learning in Critical Care: A Focused Ethnography of Interprofessional Learning Culture Start Date: 23/10/2019 End Date: 03/03/2021

  • Education PGDip October 01 2002
  • Sociology PhD January 01 2001
  • Registered Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 1986
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

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