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Dr Sally Spencer

Formerly at Lancaster University

Sally Spencer

Current Research

HTA-funded multi-centre randomised controlled 4-year trial investigating interventions for treatment of frozen shoulder (FroST) (co-applicant) led by Prof Amar Rangan. £1.7million Due to start 2014.


NHS England Regional Innovation Fund supporting a cross-sectoral study to evaluate a self-management system for Type II diabetes, developed by the company'Mapmyhealth', in collaboration with 3 regional GP practices. £75k Started June 2014


NIHR-funded Cochrane Programme Grant to undertake a key set of systematic reviews of asthma therapies over 5 years, (co-applicant) led by Chris Cates, Coordindating Editor of the Cochrane Airways Group. £299k Started May 2014.


NIHR-funded feasibility randomised controlled trial investigating: The renoprotective value of leukodepletion in heart valve surgery (ROLO). Co-appliant on study led by Gus Tang at Blackpool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust £240k Started Oct 2013


TSB-funded N8 Industry Innovation Forum exploratory study to identify factors contributing to effective management of Type II diabetes in collaboration with Mark Booth at Durham University and AstraZeneca £35k Started Jan 2014


NIHR-funded Cochrane 3-year programme grant (sub-contract) to develop a series of reviews in anaesthesia. £150k Started Sept 2011


Research overview

Sally completed her PhD at St George's, University of London, evaluating patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in clinical trials. As a Senior Research Fellow she managed a research methods group focusing on the role of PROMs in clinical trials. She joined Brunel University in 2003 where PROMs research continued, including industry funding, and where she led evidence-based research methods teaching for healthcare.

Sally is a member of the board for the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network, a member of the North West Clinical Trialists Committee, a member of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts R&D Committee,  A member of the Lancaster University Research Data Management Committee, an Editor for the following International Cochrane Collaboration Groups: 

and has co-authored a number of Cochrane systematic reviews. She joined Lancaster University in Autumn 2010 as Associate Director of Clinical Research where her multi-disciplinary experience is brought to bear on the enablement of the Lancaster Health Hub http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fhm/health-hub/ a cross-sectoral research platform designed to faciltate regional growth in the development and application of healthcare innovation.     

Current Teaching

Director of the following Postgraduate Programmes:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research
  • MSc in Clinical Research

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