Rachel Georgiou

Rachel Georgiou

Senior Development Manager, Lancashire Research Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing (LIFE) and Senior Research Fellow

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB426

+44 (0) 1772 89 6321


Subject Areas: Nursing and Midwifery

Rachel is a Senior Fellow in the Stroke Research Team within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and Senior Development Manager for the Lancashire Research Institute for Global Health and Wellbeing (LIFE). She is a nurse with a background in clinical and health service research, research and health service management, engagement and clinical leadership. Her research interests include stroke prevention, workforce development and global challenge research.


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Full Profile

Rachel has been involved in clinical research for over 25 years. Her interest in research developed from clinical practice, particularly in the field of stroke care and acute neurological injury. She initially worked as a research nurse and was part of a team developing original research in hyper-acute stroke including clinical trials, translational research and imaging studies. Her role developed in to that of a research manager and she has held a variety of posts including managing portfolios of research within clinical academic units, NIHR clinical research networks, University research facilities, University research support services for faculties and within research active Primary and Secondary care NHS organisations. She has led on the development of effective research and innovation strategies, and large scale strategic innovations to support the development of research. Prior to joining UCLan in May 2016, she held the post of Associate Director of Research and Development at Salford Royal NHS Trust.  Alongside her roles, she has continued to maintain her own research interest, publishing in the areas of acute stroke care, imaging and impacts of stroke.


  • Registered General Nurse
  • 2015   PG Dip (Merit), NHS Leadership Academy, University of Birmingham
  • 2008   CMS (Distinction), University of Manchester/ Salford College
  • 2003   MSc Health Psychology, Merit, University of Central Lancashire
  • 1996   BSc (Hons) Psychology, First class, University of Central Lancashire

Research Activities

Rachel is currently leading on, and involved in a number of projects relating on stroke workforce development, stroke prevention and global health challenges relating to stroke.

External Affiliations

  • Lancashire and Cumbria Stroke Systems Board member
  • Lancashire and Cumbria Stroke Prevention Alliance member
  • NWC Stroke Training and Education working group


Aug 2017 - Jul 2020

  • NIHR Global Health Research Group for Improving Stroke Care in India at UCLan, £1.92M

Jul 2017 - 2018

  • NWC Innovation Agency & Pfizer- Health system wide approach to improving and innovating in the management of people with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) through medication optimisation, £100,000.

Dec 2016 - Mar 2018

  • Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group - Developing a research collaboration and funding application writing group for stroke risk in patients with Atrial Fibrillation, £26,678.

Jul 2016 - 2018

  • NWC SCN- An exploratory study of the impact and experience of the undertaking of the NETSMART® training programmes and application of learning in practice.



Indian National Stroke Conference, New Delhi, India

Posters Presented:

  • Developing an International Research Collaboration to Improve Stroke Care in India: Engaging, Sharing Learning & Raising Awareness
  • Stroke unit provision in India: a survey of stroke physicians


UK Stroke Forum, Liverpool, UK

Posters Presented:

  • Understanding the stroke specific learning needs of the North West Coast Pre-hospital and Acute Care Stroke workforce and current training provision: Gaps & Opportunities
  • Reducing Variation in health professional Undergraduate health programmes on Stroke through collaborative research and development (REVUES)