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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

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Room B126 Coach Lane Campus West
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

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  • Cross-cultural adaptation of the NoMAD questionnaire to Brazilian Portuguese, Loch, A., Finch, T., Fonsi, M., Soárez, P. Oct 2020, In: Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira (1992)
  • Developing oral health risk assessment as routine practice during early stages of clinical careers, Cook, C., Finch, T., Sharma, S., Girling, M., Rapley, T., Vernazza, C. 1 Feb 2020, In: European Journal of Dental Education
  • Evaluation of the enhanced upper limb therapy programme within the Robot-Assisted Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke trial, Bosomworth, H., Rodgers, H., Shaw, L., Smith, L., Aird, L., Howel, D., Wilson, N., Alvarado, N., Andole, S., Cohen, D., Dawson, J., Fernandez-Garcia, C., Finch, T., Ford, G., Francis, R., Hogg, S., Hughes, N., Price, C., Ternent, L., Turner, D., Vale, L., Wilkes, S., Krebs, H., van Wijck, F. 11 Sep 2020, In: Clinical Rehabilitation
  • Impetus to change, Sykes, M., Thomson, R., Kolehmainen, N., Allan, L., Finch, T. Dec 2020, In: Implementation Science
  • Implementing innovative evidence-based perinatal mental health screening for women of refugee background, Willey, S., Gibson-Helm, M., Finch, T., East, C., Khan, N., Boyd, L., Boyle, J. 1 May 2020, In: Women and Birth
  • Improving tracheostomy care in the United Kingdom, McGrath, B., Wallace, S., Lynch, J., Bonvento, B., Coe, B., Owen, A., Firn, M., Brenner, M., Edwards, E., Finch, T., Cameron, T., Narula, A., Roberson, D. 1 Jul 2020, In: British Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Introduction of a Management Toolkit for Lewy Body Dementia, O'Brien, J., McKeith, I., Thomas, A., Bamford, C., Vale, L., Hill, S., Allan, L., Finch, T., McNally, R., Hayes, L., Surendranathan, A., Kane, J., Dunn, S., Bentley, A., Barker, S., Mason, J., Burn, D., Taylor, J. 22 Sep 2020, In: Movement Disorders
  • Robot-assisted training compared with an enhanced upper limb therapy programme and with usual care for upper limb functional limitation after stroke, Rodgers, H., Bosomworth, H., Krebs, H., van Wijck, F., Howel, D., Wilson, N., Finch, T., Alvarado, N., Ternent, L., Fernandez-Garcia, C., Aird, L., Andole, S., Cohen, D., Dawson, J., Ford, G., Francis, R., Hogg, S., Hughes, N., Price, C., Turner, D., Vale, L., Wilkes, S., Shaw, L. 1 Oct 2020, In: Health technology assessment (Winchester, England)
  • Tailored implementation of internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy in the multinational context of the ImpleMentAll project: a study protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomized trial, Bührmann, L., Schuurmans, J., Ruwaard, J., Fleuren, M., Etzelmüller, A., Piera-jiménez, J., Finch, T., Rapley, T., Potthoff, S., Aouizerate, B., Batterham, P., Calear, A., Christensen, H., Pedersen, C., Ebert, D., Van Der Eycken, E., Fanaj, N., Van Genugten, C., Hanssen, D., Hegerl, U., Hug, J., Kleiboer, A., Mathiasen, K., May, C., Mustafa, S., Oehler, C., Cerga-pashoja, A., Pope, C., Qirjako, G., Rosmalen, J., Sacco, Y., Samalin, L., Skjøth, M., Tarp, K., Titzler, I., Zanalda, E., Zbukvic, I., Smit, J., Riper, H., Vis, C. Dec 2020, In: Trials
  • Ways Ahead, Rimmer, B., Dutton, L., Lewis, J., Burns, R., Gallagher, P., Williams, S., Araujo-Soares, V., Finch, T., Sharp, L. 29 Jul 2020, In: BMJ Open

PGR Supervision

  • Ruth Muscat Start: 01/10/2020
  • Jane Douthwaite Start: 24/07/2020
  • Karen Corder Start: 01/03/2019

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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:   


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