Clare’s doctoral research explored the role of community-based group exercise programmes in supporting physical activity in older people. This utilised a mixed-methods systematic review and case study methodology. Findings indicated that older people’s ongoing engagement in community-based exercise programmes were mediated through six factors: those relating to the individual, the instructor, the programme design, social features, participant perceived benefits, and a humanised exercise environment.
Clare’s current research interests lie in person-centred physiotherapy practice and how physiotherapists can help people self-manage their long-term conditions. She is particularly interested in how we can ensure that the next generation of graduating physiotherapists are equipped to practice in a person-centred manner.
She has also carried out primary and secondary pedagogic research looking at alternative summative assessment feedback modes, including audio, video, podcasts, and screencast feedback. Findings suggested that alternative feedback modes help students achieve a greater level of comprehension of feedback, with feedback that was more personalised. The alternative feedback modes promote a sense of belonging in relation to the programme of study. Educators should consider the use of innovative media approaches which could enhance the student feedback experience.
She is passionate about helping the next generation of physiotherapists achieve excellence in utilising evidence-informed practice, as such she is particularly proud of co-authoring a number of publications with her undergraduate students.
Clare has presented her research at both national and international conferences.