Nicola Clague-Baker

staff member nicolaAfter completing her BSc in Sports Studies at Bedford College of Higher Education in 1987, Nicola moved to Manchester to complete her Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy in 1990. Over the next 5 years she worked in Cardiff, Swindon and Philadelphia, USA. She travelled back, the long way round, through the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, China, Russia and Scandinavia arriving in Leicester in 1997. For the following 20 years she worked in the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust, completing her MPhil in 2005. The topic of her MPhil was Physiotherapy and Falls in the Elderly. During her time at UHL NHS trust she became the Lead for Support Worker training and development and the Physiotherapy Research Lead. She produced the first accredited training for physiotherapy support workers at UHL and was nominated for a trust award. As the Research Lead, she mentored seven Research Physiotherapists and two NIHR bronze award applicants, was the PI or local PI on seven portfolio studies, ran research study days and poster conferences and supported bronze and silver NIHR award applicants, three MRes applicants and three PhD applicants. She finished working at UHL NHS trust in 2017 to increase her hours at University of Leicester and to complete her PhD.

She started teaching at the University of Leicester in 2007 so combined this work with her roles at the UHL NHS Trust. For ten years she has taught Neurological Physiotherapy skills, pathophysiology, neuroanatomy, advanced neurological skills and research skills to undergraduate physiotherapy students. She is also the Lead for student experience and the Specific Needs coordinator. She completed her PGCAPHE in 2013 and started her PhD investigating Cardiac Rehabilitation for people with stroke in 2014. She obtained £207,000 from the Stroke Association to complete this work. She has presented her PhD work at national conferences including PhysiotherapyUK, UKStroke Forum, PRS, ER-WCPT, BACPR and SSR conferences. She also continues to work clinically seeing private neurological patients.

Current research interests

  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Exercise therapy particularly Cardiovascular exercise and Hydrotherapy
  • Falls prevention
  • Fatigue management
  • Healthy Lifestyle management and Behaviour Change
  • Digital technologies

External positions

  • Reviewer for Age and Ageing and Physiotherapy journals
  • Reviewer for NIHR HTA and RFPB funding streams
  • Reviewer for Physiotherapy UK conference
  • Core hub member for Council for Allied Health Professions Research since 2006

Publications

  • Orme, M, Clague-Baker, N, Robinson, T, Drewry, S and Singh, S. (2018) Does cardiac rehabilitation change physical activity and sedentary behaviour for people with mild-to-moderate stroke in the sub-acute phase of recovery? Cardiovascular Diseases (pending)
  • Clague-Baker, N, Robinson, T, Hagenberg, A, Drewry, S, Gillies, C, Singh, S. (2018) The Incremental Shuttle Walk Test and Six minute walk test: How valid and reliable are they when measuring cardiovascular fitness in sub-acute, mild to moderate stroke patients? Physiotherapy (pending)
  • Clague-Baker, N, Robinson, T, Drewry, S, Hagenberg, A, Singh S. (2018) Cardiac rehabilitation and stroke teams attitudes to people with stroke taking part in cardiac rehabilitation: focus group study. Clinical Rehabilitation (abstract)
  • Clague-Baker, N, Robinson, T, Gilles, C, Drewry, S, Hagenberg, A, Singh S. (2017) Cardiac rehabilitation for people with sub-acute, mild to moderate stroke: results from a mixed methods feasibility study. Int J of Stroke, 12 (supplement 5), pp.14 (abstract)
  • Clague-Baker, N, Carpenter, C, Robinson, T, Hagenberg, A, Drewry, S and Singh, S. (2017) A qualitative study exploring patients’, with mild to moderate stroke, and their carers’ perceptions of healthy lifestyles before and after a stroke. Int J of Th and Rehab, 24, 9, pp.375-384
  • Clague-Baker, N, Robinson, T, Drewry, S, Hagenberg, A, Gillies, C, Singh, S. A comparison of laboratory and field based exercise tests of cardiovascular fitness in sub-acute, mild to moderate stroke patients. Int J of Stroke, 2016 (abstract)
  • Clague-Baker, N, Carpenter, C, Robinson, T, Hagenberg, A, Drewry, S and  Singh, S.  Attitudes and understanding of exercise and healthy lifestyles in people with mild to moderate sub-acute stroke. Int J of Stroke, 2015; 10(supplement 5):40. (abstract)
  • Clague-Baker, N, Carpenter, C, Robinson, T, Hagenberg, A, Drewry, S and Singh, S. Attitudes towards Cardiac Rehabilitation for people with mild to moderate sub-acute stroke. Int J of Stroke, 2015; 10(supplement 5):38. (abstract)
  • Clague-Baker, N, Carpenter, C, Robinson, T, Hagenberg, A, Drewry, S and Singh, S. A qualitative study exploring patients’, with mild to moderate stroke, and their carers’ perceptions of healthy lifestyles before and after a stroke. Int J of Th and Rehab
  • Clague-Baker, N, Robinson, T, Hagenberg, A, Drewry, S, Gillies, C, Singh, S. The Incremental Shuttle Walk Test and Six minute walk test: How valid and reliable are they when measuring cardiovascular fitness in sub-acute, mild to moderate stroke patients? Physiotherapy (pending)
  • Andersen,E, Conroy, S, Pollard, L, Clague-Baker, N  The challenges for interprofessional team working when establishing a new integrated service for older people. Journal of Interprofessional Care.2012
  • Clague, N et al, Pilot study to explore the feasibility of a randomised trial to determine the dose effect of physiotherapy patients admitted to hospital following a fall. Practical Evidence, 2007, Vol.2, Iss.2, 4-12