Rachael is the Impact Specialist in the Centre for Care, working with academics and external partners including charities and policy makers to mobilise research findings to have the greatest impact beyond academia. Her role is to work with our researchers to plan for impact, explore the ways research findings can be widely shared and identify partnerships and possible collaborations.
Rachael spent several years working in adult social care in both day services and supported living. She then moved into the charity sector, coordinating data collection and evaluating the impact of the charity’s programmes. She has worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Sheffield where she designed and conducted research exploring the impact of the communication approach, Intensive Interaction on staff who support adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
In 2019 she completed a PhD using Participatory Action Research methods to explore the experiences of family carers, working in collaboration with family carers as co-researchers.
She is committed to supporting research to make a difference in the world by working in partnership with researchers, people who use services, carers and our external partners.