Claire Ford

Claire Ford

Dr, PhD, BNurs (Hons), BA (Hons)

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Claire R. Ford recently was awarded her PhD at the University of Manchester exploring the feasibility of Virtual Realith (VR) training in falls awareness in care homes. This was a translational research project, which involved a multi-phase process. This included an exploratory qualitative research phase,  a development phase with iCASE collaborators and VR company Sentireal, and a mixed methods feasibility study. All of which was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The feedback from both studies and the proof-of-concept delivered has assisted in being granted C4T funding for further VR development into a minimal viable prototype. Claire is now a Research Associate at the Univeristy of Manchester further developing this work. 

She has an active interest in improving quality of care and communication between healthcare professionals and patients through the utilisation of digital health. 

Research interests

  • Digital Health
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Mixed Methods
  • Pragmatism
  • eHealth/mHealth
  • mHealth in the self-management of long-term conditions
  • XR (VR/AR/MR)
  • User-centred design
  • Development of training programmes
  • Collaboration with VR companies
  • Falls prevention
  • Care Home training

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Nursing, Adult Nursing, The University of Manchester

17 Sept 201516 Sept 2018

Award Date: 13 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Arts, Professional Musicianship (Vocals), Bristol Institute of Modern Music

3 Oct 201130 Jun 2014

Award Date: 18 Sept 2014

External positions

Staff Nurse, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

30 Mar 202030 Oct 2020

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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