Dr Tom Crocker

Senior Research Fellow

tom.crocker@bthft.nhs.uk

ORCID: 0000-0001-7450-3143

Tom Crocker is Senior Research Fellow in the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research. Tom has a special interest in systems approaches to health services research and the meaning and measurement of quality of life. He has substantial experience with qualitative and quantitative methods, and particular expertise in systematic review methods. Tom is currently co-leading an HTA frailty-themed evidence synthesis of community-based complex interventions to enhance the independence of older people.

Tom is lead author for the Cochrane review of physical rehabilitation for older people in long-term care, and a Cochrane overview of non‐pharmacological interventions for longer‐term stroke survivors or their carers. He is leading the update to the Cochrane review of information provision for stroke patients and their carers and has a coordinating role on other reviews.

Previously, Tom has worked on the development and evaluation of a complex intervention to improve quality of life for people in the longer-term after stroke (LoTS2Care). This work incorporated systematic and scoping reviews, intervention mapping, participatory action research and a trial with embedded process evaluation.

Tom is co-supervising Louisa Burton’s PhD study “Talking about recovery after stroke: How do we do it and how can we do better?”

Tom has a PhD studying the organisation of renal anaemia management and its relationship to performance in UK renal centres using a case study approach informed by ethnography and health informatics.

Grants

Clegg A, Crocker T, Ensor J, Forster A, Gladman J, Riley R. Community-based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people, stratified by frailty: a systematic review and network meta-analysis   NIHR HTA £298,981.99 01/12/2019-31/05/2021

Publications

Forster A, Ozer S, Crocker T F, House A, Hewison J, Roberts E, Dickerson J, Carter G, Hulme C, Fay M, Richardson G, Wright A, McKevitt C, McEachan R, Foy R, Barnard L, Moreau L, Prashar A, Clarke D, Hardicre N, Holloway I, Brindle R, Hall J, Burton L, Atkinson R, Hawkins R J, Brown L, Cornwall N, Dawkins B, Meads D, Schmitt L, Fletcher M, Speed M, Grenfell K, Hartley S, Young J & Farrin A. Longer-term health and social care strategies for stroke survivors and their carers: the LoTS2Care research programme including cluster feasibility RCT. Programme Grants for Applied Research Volume 2021;9(3).

Crocker TF, Clegg A, Riley RD, Lam N, Bajpai R, Jordão M, Patetsini E, Ramiz R, Ensor J, Forster A, Gladman JRF. Community-based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people, stratified by frailty: a protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2021;11(2):e045637. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045637

Hall JF, Crocker TF, Clarke DJ. Forster A. Supporting carers of stroke survivors to reduce carer burden: development of the Preparing is Caring intervention using Intervention Mapping. BMC Public Health 2019;19:1408; doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7615

Crocker TF, Ozer S, Brown L, Hall J, Forster A. Non‐pharmacological interventions for longer‐term stroke survivors or their carers: an overview of Cochrane Reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019; Issue 4. Art. No.: CD013317. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013317.

Crocker TF, Brown L, Clegg A, Farley K, Franklin M, Simpkins S. Young J. Quality of life is substantially worse for community-dwelling older people living with frailty: systematic review and meta-analysis. Quality of Life Research 2019;28:2041–2056 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-019-02149-1

ardicre NK, Crocker TF, Wright A, Burton LJ, Ozer S, Atkinson R, House A, Hewison J, McKevitt C, Forster A, Farrin AJ & on behalf of the LoTS2Care Programme Management Group. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for the process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials 2018;19(1):368. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2683-7

Forster A, Crocker T, Wright A, Barnard L, Ozer S, Atkinson R, Hardicre NK, House A, Hewison J, McKevitt C, Farrin AJ and on behalf of the LoTS2Care Programme Management Group. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials (2018) 19(1):317. doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2669-5

Hardicre NK, Crocker TF, Wright A, Burton LJ, Ozer S, Atkinson R, et al. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for the process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials 2018;1119(1):368.

Forster A, Hartley S, Barnard L, Ozer S, Hardicre N, Crocker T, et al. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials 2018;19(1):317. doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2669-5

Brown L, Forster A, Young J, Crocker T, Benham A, Langhorne P, Day Hospital Group. Medical day hospital care for older people versus alternative forms of care. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015;6. Art. No.: CD001730. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD001730.pub3.

Crocker TF, Smith JK, Skevington SM. Family and professionals underestimate quality of life across diverse cultures and health conditions: Systematic review. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2015;68(5):584-595.

Forster A, Dickerson J, Hall J, Crocker T, House A, Hewison J, MacEachan R, McKevitt C, Foy R, Farrin A. Development and evaluation of strategies to provide longer-term health and social care for stroke survivors and their carers International Journal of Stroke 2014;9:250.

Crocker T, Young J, Forster A, Brown L, Ozer S, Greenwood DC. The effect of physical rehabilitation on activities of daily living in older residents of long-term care facilities: systematic review with meta-analysis. Age Ageing 2013;42(6):682-8.

Crocker T, Forster A, Young J, Brown L, Ozer S, Smith J, Green J, Hardy J, Burns E, Glidewell E, Greenwood DC. Physical rehabilitation for older people in long-term care. Cochrane Database Systematic ReviewsCD004294 2013; (DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004294).