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Prof Tracy Finch


Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Tracy is Professor of Healthcare & Implementation Science in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, having joined Northumbria University in November 2017. Tracy has a background in health psychology, with broad experience in teaching and research. She has built her academic career in the UK with appointments at Manchester University & Newcastle University, after completing her PhD in 1999, from Deakin University, Australia.

Tracy’s research focuses on the social, psychological and organisational aspects of implementing new interventions in health and wellbeing. Her research interests include applied health research (qualitative/mixed methods) in relation to a broad range of health issues, including mental health, intervention and services for older people, patient safety systems, health care experiences, and e-health interventions.

Tracy is known for her work in implementation science, most notably Normalization Process Theory (NPT), of which she is co-developer. This work includes applying theoretical perspectives and novel research methodologies to understand and shape the processes of healthcare improvement through implementation of changes in practice; development and application of theory based tools and assessment instruments to support non-academic users conducting implementation work in practice settings; and development of qualitative and mixed methods process evaluation methodology in trials of therapeutic and healthcare delivery interventions.

Tracy Finch

Campus Address

Room B126 Coach Lane Campus West
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key areas of expertise:

•             Implementation science

•             Healthcare technology (ehealth, telehealth)

•             Qualitative Research Methods

•             Health technology and health service evaluation

•             Process evaluation of Randomised Controlled Trials



Key current projects include:


European Union Horizon 2020 funded study: ImpleMentAll: Towards evidence-based tailored implementation strategies for eHealth. Lead partner: University of Southern Denmark. Jan 2017-Mar 2021. Website:  


The Health Foundation, Scaling up programme. Telemedicine for adults with cochlear implants in the UK: empowering patients to manage their own hearing healthcare. Led by Dr Helen Cullington. See:


NIHR HTA: RATULS: Robot Assisted Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke. Led by Prof Helen Rodgers. Website:   


NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research: Improving the diagnosis and management of neurodegenerative dementia of Lewy body type in the NHS (DIAMOND-Lewy). Led by Prof John O'Brien. Website:   


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • ‘A Constant Black Cloud’: The Emotional Impact of Informal Caregiving for Someone With a Lower-Grade Glioma, Rimmer, B., Balla, M., Dutton, L., Lewis, J., Burns, R., Gallagher, P., Williams, S., Araújo-Soares, V., Finch, T., Sharp, L. 1 Feb 2024, In: Qualitative Health Research
  • A qualitative exploration of ambulance clinician behaviour and decision making to identify factors influencing on-scene times for suspected stroke patients in North East England, Alton, A., Shaw, L., Finch, T., Price, C., McClelland, G. 1 Mar 2024, In: British Paramedic Journal
  • Barriers and facilitators to self-management in people living with a lower-grade glioma, Rimmer, B., Balla, M., Dutton, L., Williams, S., Araújo-Soares, V., Gallagher, P., Finch, T., Lewis, J., Burns, R., Menger, F., Sharp, L. 21 Mar 2024, In: Journal of Cancer Survivorship
  • Implementing an educational resource for patients participating in cancer clinical trials during the pandemic, Hood, B., Finch, T. 23 May 2024, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • “It changes everything” Understanding how people experience the impact of living with a lower-grade glioma, Rimmer, B., Balla, M., Dutton, L., Williams, S., Lewis, J., Gallagher, P., Finch, T., Burns, R., Araújo-Soares, V., Menger, F., Sharp, L. 1 Jun 2024, In: Neuro-Oncology Practice
  • Psychometric properties of two implementation measures: Normalization MeAsure Development questionnaire (NoMAD) and organizational readiness for implementing change (ORIC), Batterham, P., Allenhof, C., Cerga Pashoja, A., Etzelmueller, A., Fanaj, N., Finch, T., Freund, J., Hanssen, D., Mathiasen, K., Piera Jiminez, J., Qirjako, G., Rapley, T., Sacco, Y., Samalin, L., Schuurmans, J., van Genugten, C., Vis, C. 28 Apr 2024, In: Implementation Research and Practice
  • The lived experiences of relatives of autistic adults, and their perceptions of their relationships with autistic adults across multiple age-related transitions and demands: A qualitative interview study with reflexive thematic analysis, Hamilton, J., Finch, T., Le Couteur, A., Mackintosh, J., Petrou, A., Garland, D., Parr, J. 19 Jan 2024, In: PLoS One
  • Understanding supported self‐management for people living with a lower‐grade glioma: Implementation considerations through the lens of normalisation process theory, Rimmer, B., Finch, T., Balla, M., Dutton, L., Williams, S., Lewis, J., Gallagher, P., Burns, R., Araújo‐Soares, V., Menger, F., Sharp, L. 1 Jun 2024, In: Health Expectations
  • A cluster randomised controlled trial, process and economic evaluation of quality improvement collaboratives aligned to a national audit to improve the care for people with diabetes (EQUIPD): Study protocol, Sykes, M., Copsey, B., Finch, T., Meads, D., Farrin, A., McSharry, J., Holman, N., Young, B., Berry, A., Ellis, K., Moreau, L., Willis, T., Alderson, S., Girling, M., O'Halloran, E., Foy, R. 31 Aug 2023, In: Implementation Science
  • Characteristics and Components of Self-Management Interventions for Improving Quality of Life in Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review, Rimmer, B., Brown, M., Sotire, T., Beyer, F., Bolnykh, I., Balla, M., Richmond, C., Dutton, L., Williams, S., Araújo-Soares, V., Finch, T., Gallagher, P., Lewis, J., Burns, R., Sharp, L. 19 Dec 2023, In: Cancers

  • Ioulia Barakou Understanding and Enhancing Fatigue Management in Chronic Conditions: Exploring the Role of Activity Pacing and Physical Activity Start Date: 01/04/2022
  • Jane Douthwaite An action research study of the process of co-created improvements in a Midwifery service context and stakeholders experience of participation Start Date: 24/07/2020
  • Jane Douthwaite An action research study of the process of co-created improvements in a Midwifery service context and stakeholders experience of participation Start Date: 24/07/2020 End Date: 25/02/2022
  • Ruth Muscat Enhancing knowledge mobilisation skills and training for health librarians: comparative case study analysis in the North East and North Cumbria Start Date: 01/10/2020 End Date: 01/06/2022
  • Karen Corder 'How can patient self-management of the physical and psychological aspects of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) be improved through co-design approaches to intervention?' Start Date: 01/03/2019

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