Dr Rachel C StockleySenior Lecturer

Academic Collaborations

Rachel is involved in a number of collaborations; these include investigating different forms of technology in neurological rehabilitation with colleagues at the Open University and the University of Strathclyde.


  • Verna Wright Prize, Society for Rehabilitation Research, 2004
  • Robert Williams Award, Chartered Society of Rehabilitation, 2007
  • Exemplary Researcher Award, Research Institute for Health and Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2009
  • Associate of King’s College London, 2013
  • Best performing student on Manchester Metropolitan University’s Master’s in Management programme 2013

Specialist Areas

  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Outcome measure development
  • Exercise for people with activity limitations
  • Fatigue

Research Interests

Rachel is a qualified and chartered physiotherapist. Her current research interests include neurological practice, rehabilitation in neurology with a specific interest in peripheral neuropathy and stroke. Rachel is currently investigating the use of technology for rehabilitation, notably haptics and virtual reality to help people after stroke.p>

Current Projects

  • Service evaluation of the Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries Charity
  • Walk to the beat: evaluating haptic stimulation to improve gait in people with neurological deficits
  • Playing games to make games: a preliminary investigation of a novel upper limb virtual reality device in stroke survivors
  • An evaluation of the Re-Gait Virtual Reality treadmill system

Professional Body Membership and Activity

  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation
  • Health and Care Professions Partner undertaking CPD assessments

Rachel is a reviewer for a range of journals across health and rehabilitation disiciplines. She is also a grant reviewer for internal and external funding bids including Research for patient benefit and a contributor to NICE (Eyes on Evidence).

Rachel is an external examiner for Leeds Beckett University Pre registration Masters Programme.


  • Summer 2007 - Awarded Robert Williams award to attend conference
  • 2004 Verna Wright award from Society for Rehabilitation Research

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Hatton, N. and Stockley, R.C. (2015, in press) "To sit or stand?: A preliminary, cross sectional study to investigate if there is a difference in glenohumeral subluxation in sitting or standing in people following stroke", Archives of Physiotherapy

Halsey E.J., Xing M. and Stockley, R.C. (2015) "Acupuncture for joint symptoms related to aromatase inhibitor therapy in postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer: a narrative review", Acupunct Med., Mar 2.

White, C.M., van Doorn, P.A., Garssen, M.P.J. and Stockley, R.C. (2014) "Interventions for fatigue in peripheral neuropathy", Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD008146.
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008146.pub2

Stockley, R.C., Walton, T., Brissenden, S., Campbell, M. and Davidson I. (2013) "Reported fatigue in people after Guillain-Barré Syndrome: a retrospective national survey in the UK, Italian Journal of Physiotherapy, December;3(4):154-60

Hartley S, Stockley R. (2012) "It's more than just physical therapy: reported utilization of physiotherapy services for adults with neuromuscular disorders attending a specialist centre", Disability & Rehabilitation, Early Online
doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.691940

Stockley RC, Morrison J, Rooney J, Hughes J. (2012) "Move it or lose it? A survey of the aims of treatment when using passive movements in intensive care", Intensive Critical Care Nursing, Apr;28(2):82-7.
doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2011.10.010.

Stockley R.C., Hughes J., Morrison J., Rooney J. 2010. "An investigation of the use of passive movements in intensive care by UK physiotherapists" Physiotherapy, vol.96 no.3, pp.228-233
url: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20674655

Stockley R.C., Hughes R.A.C., White C.M. 2007. "A Prospective Study of Physiotherapist Prescribed Community Based Exercise in Inflammatory Peripheral Neuropathy" Journal of Neurology, vol.254 no.2, pp.228-235
issn: 1432-1459 doi: 10.1007/s00415-006-0335-4

Stockley R.C., Hughes R.A. 2006. "Clinimetric Properties of a Walking Scale in Peripheral Neuropathy" Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, vol.77 no.8, pp.977-979
issn: 0022-3050 doi: 10.1136/jnnp.2005.081497

Stockley R.C., Hughes R.A. 2006. "A Modified Peripheral Neuropathy Scale: The Overall Neuropathy Limitations Scale" Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, vol.77 no.8, pp.973-976
issn: 0022-3050 doi: 10.1136/jnnp.2005.081547

Stockley R.C., Smith N.M., White C.M. 2005. "The Reliability and Validity of the Physiological Cost Index in Healthy Subjects while Walking on 2 Different Tracks" Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol.86 no.10, pp.2041-2046
issn: 0003-9993 doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2005.04.022

Conference Presentations

Georgiou, T., Holland, S. van der Linden, J., Tetley, J., Stockley, R.C., Donaldson, G., Garbutt, L., Pinzone, O., Grasselly, F. and Deleaye, F. (2015) "A blended user centred design study for wearable haptic gait rehabilitation following hemiparetic stroke", Pervasive Health Conference, Istanbul

Stockley, R.C. (2014) "Rehabilitation in Guillain Barré Syndrome", Nottingham University Medical Registrars Neurology Study Day

Stockley, R.C. (2014) "Fatigue in Neurological Conditions", Therapy Expo, Manchester

Rachel C Stockley

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology


Health Professions Department (Physiotherapy)
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 247 2971

Email: r.stockley@mmu.ac.uk