Dr Jack Parker

Researcher Associate

Department:

Faculty:
School of Health and Related Research

Research Expertise:

  • Implementing and evaluating innovative models of service delivery
  • Realist Evaluation, mixed-methods and qualitative methodologies
  • Rehabilitation

Contact:

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 0882
Email: jack.parker@sheffield.ac.uk
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Biography

I am currently a Research Fellow at the School of Health and Related Research and the theme manager for the Telehealth and Care Technologies (TaCT) theme of NIHR CLAHRC YH. My research focuses on rehabilitation and in particular, neurodisbailities, musculoskeletal conditions, long-term conditions and innovative models of service delivery.

Following a 13 year career as a Royal Marines Commando where I specialised in physical training and rehabilitation, I undertook a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University where I undertook my PhD ‘Stroke patients’ utilisation of extrinsic feedback from computer-based technology in the home: a multiple case study realistic evaluation.’ I have published in a number of peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and NIHR publications. I have presented at and chaired national and international conferences as well as to academic and NHS trusts. I have also had the opportunity to lecture undergraduate and postgraduate Physiotherapists, university and NHS staff and medical students.

Current Research Projects:

  • Intelligent Shoe: A pressure insole that enables users to gain feedback on various aspects of their gait.
  • Stroke Upper Limb: I am working with Prof Sue Mawson and Dr Ben Heller on a Self-Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (SCIMT) concept exploring the measurement of UL movement in stroke and how this can be encouraged through motivational feedback.
  • Rehabilitation Gaming System (RGS): I have lead the initiation of the Kinect for home-based post-stroke rehabilitation that includes international colleagues in Barcelona.
  • Falls: Involved in the data analysis and potential application of falls data with Prof. Sue Mawson and colleagues at SHU.
  • CP SMART Walker: A project exploring the creation of a SMART walker for Children and young people with Cerebral Palsy (CP) with a team of engineers (http://exyo.co.uk/).
  • ADHD: I am leading a team of academics and clinicians to write a Cochrane review which will lead to a study exploring the effects of physical activity for children / young people with ADHD. I am involved in the Tracking ADHD Cohort – Sheffield (TrACS) project which aims to collect long-term outcomes of children and young people with ADHD. I am working on a project exploring the use of the Qb test for encouraging adherence and engagement in young people with ADHD.