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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

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:   


Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Changing healthcare professionals' non-reflective processes to improve the quality of care, Potthoff, S., Kwascinska, D., Avery, L., Finch, T., Gardner, B., Hankonen, N., Johnston, D., Johnston, M., Kok, G., Lally, P., Maniatopoulos, G., Marques, M., McCleary, N., Presseau, J., Rapley, T., Sanders, T., ten Hoor, G., Vale, L., Verplanken, B., Grimshaw, J. 1 Apr 2022, In: Social Science and Medicine
  • Telemedicine for Adults With Cochlear Implants in the United Kingdom (CHOICE): Protocol for a Prospective Interventional Multisite Study, Cullington, H., Kitterick, P., Darnton, P., Finch, T., Greenwell, K., Riggs, C., Weal, M., Walker, D., Sibley, A. 13 Apr 2022, In: JMIR Research Protocols
  • Translational framework for implementation evaluation and research: a normalisation process theory coding manual for qualitative research and instrument development, May, C., Albers, B., Bracher, M., Finch, T., Gilbert, A., Girling, M., Greenwood, K., MacFarlane, A., Mair, F., May, C., Murray, E., Potthoff, S., Rapley, T. 22 Feb 2022, In: Implementation Science
  • Understanding implementation context and social processes through integrating Normalization Process Theory (NPT) and the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), Schroeder, D., Luig, T., Finch, T., Beesoon, S., Campbell-Scherer, D. 9 Feb 2022, In: Implementation Science Communications
  • “We couldn’t think in the box if we tried. We can’t even find the damn box”: A qualitative study of the lived experiences of autistic adults and relatives of autistic adults, Finch, T., Mackintosh, J., Petrou, A., McConachie, H., Le Couteur, A., Garland, D., Parr, J. 14 Mar 2022, In: PLoS One
  • Barriers and facilitators to implementing interventions for medically unexplained symptoms in primary and secondary care: A systematic review, Hanssen, D., Bos, L., Finch, T., Rosmalen, J. 1 Nov 2021, In: General Hospital Psychiatry
  • Combining Realist approaches and Normalization Process Theory to understand implementation: a systematic review, Dalkin, S., Hardwick, R., Haighton, C., Finch, T. Dec 2021, In: Implementation Science Communications
  • Economic evaluation of robot-assisted training versus an enhanced upper limb therapy programme or usual care for patients with moderate or severe upper limb functional limitation due to stroke: results from the RATULS randomised controlled trial, Fernandez-Garcia, C., Ternent, L., Homer, T., Rodgers, H., Bosomworth, H., Shaw, L., Aird, L., Andole, S., Cohen, D., Dawson, J., Finch, T., Ford, G., Francis, R., Hogg, S., Hughes, N., Krebs, H., Price, C., Turner, D., Van Wijck, F., Wilkes, S., Wilson, N., Vale, L. 1 May 2021, In: BMJ Open
  • Evaluation of the enhanced upper limb therapy programme within the Robot-Assisted Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke trial: descriptive analysis of intervention fidelity, goal selection and goal achievement, 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. 1 Jan 2021, In: Clinical Rehabilitation
  • How to improve healthcare for autistic people: A qualitative study of the views of autistic people and clinicians, Mason, D., Ingham, B., Birtles, H., Michael, C., Scarlett, C., James, I., Brown, T., Woodbury-Smith, M., Wilson, C., Finch, T., Parr, J. Apr 2021, In: Autism

Professional Activity

PGR Supervision

  • Ioulia Barakou Self-regulation and physical activity behaviour in individuals who are experiencing fatigue symptoms: designing a tailored intervention to promote Self-regulation and physical activity behaviour in individuals who are experiencing fatigue symptoms: designing a tailored intervention to promote physical activity through optimizing activity pacing 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
  • 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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