University of Manchester
Scientific title
Strategies to COPE with cognitive difficulties after stroke (SCOPE)
Principal Investigator
Professor Audrey Bowen
Year awarded
Grant value
Research ID
TSA LECT 2015/01
Research area
Start date
Tuesday 1 September 2015
End date
Tuesday 1 September 2020
5 years

Stroke Association John Marshall Memorial Reader Award

NHS services for people with stroke have improved greatly in recent decades due to research that has changed clinical practice. However, improvements have mostly been for hospital-based treatments.

A large survey collected the views of almost 800 people with stroke asking them whether they felt adequately supported in the 1 – 5 years after leaving hospital. Respondents highlighted poor support for psychological difficulties such as the cognitive abilities of thinking, remembering and planning e.g. only 16% of people with memory or concentration difficulties felt their needs were being fully met.

To help people cope with cognitive problems, the NHS and other services in the community need research projects that provide them with proven therapies and rehabilitation strategies. Two recent National Clinical Guidelines for stroke have concluded that existing research is not adequate.

This award will allow me to increase my job to full-time, and I will be able to speed up the development of research to help people cope with cognitive problems. I will use some of the funding to offer training studentships to two postgraduate research students (PhDs). This means we can get started straightaway on designing and testing therapies, in collaboration with a wider team of NHS and research experts, and people who have experience of stroke.

I will also apply for additional training grants to develop the future workforce, as we need to plan ahead given the large amount of research needed in this area. Finally, I will apply for the large, and therefore expensive, research grants for the clinical trials needed to provide the robust evidence (effectiveness and value for money) that is required to make significant changes to clinical practice.


Award Type: Lectureship (Reader Award)
The Reader Award is intended for those whose qualifications and experience are either non-clinical and purely academic, or those who are clinically qualified but have now left clinical practice to embark upon a pure academic research career pathway. A Reader Award will only be awarded to those who are already Senior Lecturers at their University, in recognition of their personal distinction in their subject, and of their contribution to its advancement through scholarship and research.

Update 06/09/16: Audrey Bowen is currently the Stroke Association John Marshall Memorial Professor of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the University of Manchester.