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Reader, DNMSW/School of Health Sciences

Healthy Ageing Research Group (Lead) 

Director KOKU Health

Health Innovation Manchester/MIMIT Ambassador (Manchester: Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology)

Business Engagement Lead DNMSW




Dr Emma Stanmore, Reader in the School of Health Sciences gained her Bachelors, Masters and PhD from the University of Manchester and is the Lead for the Healthy Ageing Research Group. Emma has over 25 years combined experience in healthcare, research and teaching with a particular focus on health innovation (new ways of delivering care or use of digital health technologies to promote uptake, access to services and avoid hospitalisation) and the promotion of healthy ageing.  Before joining the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work in 2005, Emma implemented a number of new healthcare schemes as a Clinical Manager in primary care, including hospital at home for patients with COPD, generic healthcare assistants (trained in nursing, physio, OT and SALT), community rapid response schemes and care home training co-ordinators all with the aim of reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving the care for older people. 

Emma has completed research projects investigating falls incidence, fear of falling and risks for people with rheumatoid arthritis, user-centred health technologies in rehabilitation (RehabMat to measure balance using iMagiMat technology), the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Exergames (gamified active-video games that track real time adherence) for falls prevention exercises amongst older people. Her current programme of research focuses on using gamification to improve health literacy and prevent functional decline in older adults. 

Emma also works as an Ambassador for Manchester: Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology (MIMIT™ affiliate of MIT, Boston) to accelerate development of new healthcare technologies by enabling innovators. She is Business Engagement Lead for the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, charged with increasing industry/commercial collaborations. She has held grants as PI from Versus Arthritis, MRC, Innovate UK, ESRC, Wellcome Trust and NHS Trusts and as Co-I from the European Commission, NIHR and Innovation Fund Denmark.

Research interests

Research projects include:

  • Development of Kinect exergames to deliver evidence based physical activity in older people
  • Translational research in new technologies (remote patient monitoring) to improve the delivery of health care
  • Falls, fear of falling, fall risk factors and rehabilitation in people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Intermediate care
  • Older people's experiences of health and social care

Emma also works as a Site Miner for Manchester: Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology (MIMIT) to identify clinical unmet needs  


Contribution to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and assessment:

  • Supervison of Masters and PhD students
  • Bachelor in Nursing degree  
  • Interdisciplinarycross-faculty teaching in care of the older person and rehabilitation 

My collaborations

  • Healthy Ageing Research Group 
  • Professor Chris Todd
  • Professor Jackie Oldam (MIMIT)
  • Professor Dawn Skelton (Glasgow)
  • Professor Terence O'Neill (Arthritis Research UK)
  • Dr Paul Dewick

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Member Royal College of Nursing
  • Member of British Geriatric Society

Methodological knowledge

Cluster Randomised Controlled Trials

Longitudinal prospective studies

Feasibility studies

Qualitative methods (Grounded theory, Phenomenology

User-centred development of new technologies




PhD in Nursing

Masters in Research

BNurs (Hons)


Specialist Community Practitioner

Registered Nurse

Nurse Prescribing

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Areas of expertise

  • RT Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Gerontechnology
  • Falls prevention
  • Health Literacy
  • Public Health
  • Primary Care

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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