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Dr Mark Parkinson

Research Fellow

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Mark Parkinson

Mark is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria, and a member of Fuse (The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health). His work lies at the intersection of psychology, sociology and public health, focusing in particular on the promotion of healthy ageing and how health inequalities can be addressed. His PhD in Public Health was based around dementia and dementia care.

Mark is experienced in applying a range of research approaches including: Delphi process, Normative Process Theory, Rapid Realist Review, Scientific Realist evaluation and Thematic Analysis. Mark has experience conducting quantitative analysis using SPSS which was applied during his MSc in Health Psychology to analyse data gathered from cortisol sampling.

Mark is currently engaged on several projects including investigating pain management in Parkinson's as part of a nationwide, longitudinal study and an evaluation of virtual patients (interactive computer simulations of real-life clinical scenarios) used for health and care professions training, education and assessment. Previous research includes a process evaluation of Durham & Darlington's Long COVID care Pathway and the development of standardised Toolkit for planning, provision, and evaluation of Frailty Pathways of Care.

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  • Band 5 Nurses’ Leadership Development as a Current Care Priority in England: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions, Barriers, and Ways Forward, Conner, A., Parkinson, M., Thompson, J. 21 Jul 2023, In: Journal of Nursing Management
  • What is available to support pain management in Parkinson’s: a scoping review protocol, Parkinson, M., Ryan, C., Avery, L., Hand, A., Ramaswamy, B., Jones, J., Lindop, F., Silverdale, M., Baker, K., Naisby, J. 23 Nov 2023, In: International Journal for Equity in Health
  • An exploration of the challenges of providing person-centred care for older care home residents with obesity, Parkinson, M., Thompson, J. 1 Jul 2022, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Facilitating social coping-‘seeking emotional and practical support from others’-as a critical strategy in maintaining the family care of people with dementia, Parkinson, M., Carr, S., Abley, C. 1 Feb 2022, In: Health & Social Care in the Community
  • Rapid evidence review to understand effective frailty care pathways and their components, in primary and community care, Thompson, J., Cook, G., Masterman, C., Parkinson, M., Bainbridge, L. 11 Feb 2022, In: International Journal of Health Governance
  • Evidence assessment & narrative synthesis of the key components & outcomes of frailty care pathways in primary & community care, Thompson, J., Cook, G., Masterman, C., Bainbridge, L., Parkinson, M. 24 Feb 2021, In: Nursing Management
  • Care home staff's experiences and views of supporting the dietary management and choices of older residents with obesity, Thompson, J., Parkinson, M., Collery, R. 1 Dec 2020, In: International journal of older people nursing
  • Rising prevalence of obesity in older people in England and overcoming barriers to care home admittance, Thompson, J., Parkinson, M. 8 Aug 2020, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Exploring the potential for inequalities in family caregivers, Carr, S., Parkinson, M., Wolkowski, A. 15 Aug 2019, 14th International Family Nursing Conference
  • Unpaid carer inequalities: a public health concern, Carr, S., Parkinson, M., Woklowski, A. 20 Nov 2019, In: European Journal of Public Health

  • Health and Social Research PhD February 01 2019
  • Psychology (Biology) MSc February 07 2014
  • Psychology Graduate Certificate July 04 2007
  • Education BEd (Hons) July 01 1992
  • Chartered Health Psychologist (Stage 1) 2011


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