Biography

Nicola Hancock qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of East London in 1992, with a first-class BSc (Hons) and clinical distinctions.  She was awarded the Joan Piercy prize for student of the year on graduation. Nicola worked clinically at Addenbrooke’s hospital Cambridge and at the QEH, Kings Lynn as a highly specialist clinical therapist and team leader in neurology, before moving to UEA and completing her PhD

She has also worked both nationally and regionally to develop stroke rehabilitation services, representing physiotherapy on the Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (2005-present) and was National Hon Chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) 2004-2008. In 2016, Nicola was awarded a Fellowship of ACPIN in recognition of her career-long commitment to advancing neurorehabilitation practice.

All Publications

Hancock, N. J., Shepstone, L., Rowe, P., Myint, P. K., Pomeroy, V. M.

(2016)

Towards Upright Pedalling to drive recovery in people who cannot walk in the first weeks after stroke: movement patterns and measurement,

in Physiotherapy

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Hancock, N., Shepstone, L., Rowe, P., Pomeroy, V.

(2015)

Upright Pedalling is a potential tool to provide targeted therapy for the lower limb in people greater than one year after stroke,

in International Journal of Stroke

10

(5)

Full Text

(Special issue)

(Published)


Hancock, N.

(2015)

Stroke Rehabilitation: What's Important Now?,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Sammon, E., Hancock, N., Kennedy, N., Pomeroy, V.

(2014)

Characterising lower limb muscle activity and test-retest repeatability of EMG measures in healthy adults during upright pedalling,

in International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

21

(Sup7)

Full Text

(Special issue)

(Published)


Kilbride, C., Drummond, A., Hancock, N., Pownall, S., Edmans, J., Briggs, L., Cunningham, R.

(2014)

Measuring the 45-minute quality standard of therapy intensity using data from the UK Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP),

in International Journal of Stroke

9

(suppl. 3)

pp. 229

Full Text

(Special issue)

(Published)


Hancock, N., Shepstone, L., Winterbotham, W., Pomeroy, V.

(2012)

Effects of lower limb reciprocol pedalling exercise on motor function after stroke: a systematic review of randomized and nonrandomized studies,

in International Journal of Stroke

7

(1)

pp. 47-60

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hancock, N., Shepstone, L., Rowe, P., Myint, P., Pomeroy, V.

(2011)

Clinical efficacy and prognostic indicators for lower limb pedalling exercise early after stroke: An early phase randomised controlled trial.,

in Trials

12

(68)

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hancock, N., Shepstone, L., Winterbotham, W., Pomeroy, V.

(2010)

Effects of Reciprocal Pedalling Exercise on Motor Function After Stroke: A Systematic Review,

in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

91

(10)

pp. e27-e27

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Principle research interest is investigating activity that might promote recovery of coordinated, functional lower limb movement early after stroke onset; and characterising movement patterns to enable rehabilitation strategies to be targeted appropriately. Other interests include measurement of lower limb impairment after stroke; and development of stroke audit and guideline implementation.

Nicola's PhD was titled: Investigations into the potential for using Reciprocal Pedalling Exercise to assess, measure and enhance lower limb function after stroke. Supervisory team: Professor Valerie Pomeroy and Professor Lee Shepstone (UEA) with Professor Phil Rowe (University of Strathclyde)

Post-doctorally, Nicola has won a place on the Design Council Design Mentoring Programme, supported by a successful application for £15,000 Proof of Concept monies from UEA. She is working with a team at UEA, the Design Council Associate and a Design Agency of the development of a device to retrain walking early after stroke. This work has been recently awarded Norwich Research Park Translational funding (£40,000: November 2015)

 

Teaching Interests

Nicola teaches Respiratory Therapy, Neurology and Measurement across both the BSc and Pre-Reg MSc Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy programs at UEA.

Expert Consultancy and Peer Review:

Nicola has advised on key national documents including the National Stroke Strategy (2007). Her role on the RCP Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party involves participating in the development of National Stroke Audits as part of SSNAP, the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme; and contributing to the writing of the internationally renowned National Guidelines for Stroke.

Peer review has been carried out for the Stroke Association research grant awards committee, and of research papers submitted to Physiotherapy Research, Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, BMC Health Services Research & Physiotherapy. Nicola was a member of the critical review group for the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland consensus statement on use of electrical stimualtion following stroke (2014).

Nicola has also combined a personal interest with her professional work- she has collaborated with highly renowned performing artists exploring and advising on the potential use of the dramatic arts in teaching anatomy and movement to student health professionals.