Rebecca Hardwick

Rebecca Hardwick

Rebecca Hardwick joined the Medical School in 2012 with a background in NHS policy implementation and service improvement. She is an Associate Research Fellow, working for the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), South West Peninsula. Currently she is researching how to improve the way GPs and hospital consultants work together in the care of patients with long term conditions. She also runs a journal club and writes a blog on health services research methods with her colleague Mark Pearson.

She was recently identified as one of the Commonwealth’s emerging academics; by securing an Early Career Academic Grant from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). The award allowed Rebecca to attend the Cochrane Collaboration’s 2013 Colloquium in Quebec, Canada to present a paper on evidence synthesis research methods with her colleague Harriet Hunt. The Colloquium was an opportunity network with other health service researchers, and to be part of the new wave of academics seeking to make evidence for policy and practice more relevant, useful and real.

Rebecca believes that the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, inspiring change, can encourage people to make a positive difference, however big or small, for the greater good of everyone. She said: “Change is inevitable, but whether it is for good or ill can be down to us. Inspiring change means being part of something that seeks to make things better, to encourage others, and be hopeful for a better future.”

Rebecca nominates her close friend Johanna, who she says encouraged her to see that “anything was possible”, as her greatest inspiration. Rebecca explained: “We met at University as undergraduates, and she was this petite, cute, Bostonian rock-chick with a pierced eyebrow and a wicked sense of humour. She inspired me to think that anything was possible, that what you could dream, you could achieve, and that our only limitations are the ones we impose on ourselves.”