Rebecca is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Qualitative Health Research at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. Her research interests include: ageing; chronic illness; stroke; loneliness & social isolation; caregiving; and applied health and social care research. Rebecca’s main area of expertise is in qualitative methodology and methods, particularly ethnography.
Rebecca’s current research includes:
- Development and preliminary testing of strategies to enhance routine physical activity in care homes (NIHR programme grant for Applied Health Research 2013 – 2018)
- Development and evaluation of strategies to provide longer-term health and social care for stroke survivors and their carers (NIHR programme grant for Applied Health Research 2013 – 2018)
- An exploratory study investigating older people’s social relationships within residential care settings, with a particular focus on social isolation and loneliness (CLAHRC Challenge Fund Bid, 2013)
- An exploratory study investigating the support networks of stroke survivors and their carers following stroke (NIHR CLAHRC Fund Bid, 2013).
Rebecca has peer reviewed research applications for the Health Research Board (Ireland) and is a reviewer for Sociology of Health and Illness; Age and Ageing; and the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Rebecca is a member of the British Sociological Association and the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Forster A, Young J, Hewison J, House A, Hulme C, Hawkins R, Dickerson J, Richardson G, Bhakta B, Hartley S, Speed M, McKevitt C, Farrin A, Fay M, McEachan R, Foy R. Development and evaluation of strategies to provide longer-term health and social care for stroke survivors and their carers. NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Health Research. £1,673,049. (Ref:RP-PG-0611-10017), 2013-2018.
Young J, Clegg A, Nolan M, Mountain G, Teale E, Spilsbury K, Hanratty B, Noble B, Parry J Bates C, Hawkins R, Astell A, Young T. Avoiding Attendance and Admission in Long Term Conditions. Theme: Primary Care-Based Management of Frailty in Older People. NIHR CLAHRC. £1million, 2014 – 2018.
Hawkins R, Forster A. Exploratory study investigating older people’s social relationships within residential care settings, with a particular focus on social isolation and loneliness. NIHR CLAHRC for Leeds, York and Bradford Challenge Fund (£33,905), 2013
Forster A, Hawkins R. Exploratory study investigating the support networks of stroke survivors and their carers following stroke. NIHR CLAHRC for Leeds, York and Bradford Challenge Fund (£23,859), 2013
Heaven A, Brown L, Young J, Teale E, Hawkins R, Spilsbury K, Mountain G, Young T, Goodwin V, Hanratty B, Chew-Graham C, Brundle C, Mahmood F, Jacob I, Daffu-O’Reilly A, Clegg A. Community ageing research 75+ study (CARE75+): an experimental ageing and frailty research cohort. BMJ Open 2019;9(3):e026744. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026744
Graham L, Cicero R, Clarke D, Cundill B, Ellwood A, Farrin A, Fisher J, Goodwin M, Hawkins R, Hull K, Hulme C, Trépel D, Williams R, Forster A. PATCH: posture and mobility training for care staff versus usual care in care homes: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2018;19(1):521. doi.org/10.1186/s13063-018-2863-5
Sadler E, Hawkins R, Clarke DJ, Godfrey M, Dickerson J, McKevitt C. Disciplinary power and the process of training carers on stroke units. Sociology of Health and Illness 2018. 40(1):100-114. doi.10.1111/1467-9566
Hawkins RJ, Jowett A, Godfrey M, Mellish K, Young J, Farrin A, Holloway I, Hewison J, Forster A. On Behalf of the LoTS Care Program Team. Poststroke Trajectories: The Process of Recovery Over the Longer Term Following Stroke. Global Qualitative Nursing Research 2017 (online) doi: 10.1177/2333393617730209
Hawkins R, Prashar A, Lusambili A, Ellard DR. ‘If they don’t use it, they lose it’: how organisational structures and practices shape residents’ physical movement in care home settings. Ageing and Society Online: 31 March 2017 doi: 10.1017/S0144686X17000290.
Shannon R, Forster A, Hawkins R. A qualitative exploration of patient identified unmet need one year after stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation 2016;38(20). http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2015.1107784
Forster A, Mellish K, Farrin A, Bhakta B, House A, Hewison J, Murray J, Patel A, Knapp M, Breen R, Chapman K, Holloway I, Hawkins R, Shannon R, Nixon J, Jowett A, Horton M, Alvarado N, Anwar S, Tennant A, Godfrey M, Young J. Development and evaluation of interventions and tools to improve patient and carer centred outcomes in longer-term stroke care (LoTS care) and exploration of adjustment post stroke. Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library 2014;2(6). doi:10.3310/pgfar02060.
Clarke DJ, Hawkins R, Sadler E, Harding G, McKevitt C, Godfrey M, Dickerson J, Farrin AJ, Kalra L, Smithard D. Forster A. Introducing structured caregiver training in stroke care: findings from the TRACS Process Evaluation study. BMJ Open 2014;4(4):e004473. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004473.
Clarke D J, Godfrey M, Hawkins R, Sadler E, Harding G, Forster A, McKevitt C, Dickerson J, Farrin A. Implementing a training intervention to support caregivers after stroke: a process evaluation examining the initiation and embedding of programme change. Implementation Science 2013; 8:96.
Clarke D J, Hawkins R, Sadler E, Harding G, Forster A, McKevitt C, Godfrey M, Dickerson J, Farrin A. Training caregivers after stroke: process evaluation of the implementation of the London Stroke Caregiver Training Course (LSCTC) in a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial International Journal of Stroke 2012; 7:48
Clarke D, Hawkins R, Sadler E, Harding G, Forster A, McKevitt C, Godfrey M, Monaghan J, Farrin A. Interdisciplinary Health Research: perspectives from a process evaluation research team. Quality in Primary Care 2012; 20(3)
Hawkins R, Redley M, Holland AJ. A Duty of Care and Autonomy: how support workers managed the tension between protecting service users from risk and promoting their independence in a specialist group home. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 2011; 55(9): 873-884