Rachel Ibbotson

Rachel Ibbotson BA(Hons), PCGSSRM

Research Fellow


Rachel Ibbotson is a Research Fellow within Health and Social Care Research (HSCR) at Sheffield Hallam University and co-ordinates the Centre's Fieldwork, Analysis and Statistics Team.


Rachel has over 18 years' experience of successfully securing research funding and managing and delivering projects for a range of clients. She is an expert in the management and administration of fieldwork particularly in health-related quality of life using a variety of survey measures and tools She has a particular interest in issues around the role and impact of community involvement.

Fieldwork management, recruitment/training, community participation, quantitative and qualitative research methods, health based fieldwork.


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Resident/Tenant Attitudes to Care Provision in Care Plus Managed Accommodation Principle Investigator: Rachel Ibbotson Care Plus Housing £9,900 (2013-2014)

Valuing EQ-5D-5L health states using EQ-VT: Does the Life A health description and/or the ordering of dimensions matter? Co-investigator (Principle Investigator: Nancy Devlin OHE) EuroQol Group €89,850 (2014)

Use of generic and condition-specific measures in NICE decision-making Sub-contractor (Principal Investigator: Louise Longworth) Medical Research Council £280,000 (2010-2012)

Assessing the impact of children with ADHD on the health and wellbeing of their families Sub-contractor (Principal Investigator: John Brazier) Shire Pharmaceuticals Limited £597,146 (2009-2011)

Health economic evaluations in epilepsy: developing a preference-based outcome measure Sub-contractor (Principal Investigator: John Brazier) Epilepsy Research UK £67,305 (2009-2010)

Development and testing of methods for deriving preference-based measures from condition specific measures Collaborator (Principal Investigator: John Brazier) NIHR HTA methods Programme £167,286 (2008-2010)

Generation of preference-based measures from the DEMQoL and DEMQoL proxy for use in economic evaluation Sub-contractor (Joint Principal Investigators John Brazier & Sube Banerjee) NIHR HTA methods Programme £550,000 (2008-2010)


Journal articles

Nightingale, J., Ali, N., Lewis, R., Ibbotson, R., Monks, H., Urquhart-Kelly, T., & Saunders, L. (2023). Transforming nursing care for children with serious long-term conditions: A mixed methods exploration of the impact of Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses in the United Kingdom. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 70, 90-102. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2023.02.004

Ibbotson, R., Ali, N., Cadman, V., Burke, G., Shute, E., Elkington, M., & Nightingale, J. (2022). The changing role of pre-admission work experience (clinical visits) in therapeutic radiography, diagnostic radiography and operating department practice: Academic perspectives (part 2). Radiography, 28 (Supp 1), S84-S92. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2022.08.003

Ali, N., Saunders, J., Ibbotson, R., Shute, E., Burke, G., Cadman, V., ... Nightingale, J. (2022). The changing role of pre-admission work experience (clinical visits) in Therapeutic Radiography, Diagnostic Radiography and Operating Department Practice: Student perspectives (Part 1). Radiography, 28 (Supp 1), S77-S83. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2022.08.001

Lewis, R., Ibbotson, R., & Kelly, S. (2019). Student nurses' career intentions following placements in general practice through the advanced training practices scheme (ATPS): findings from an online survey. BMC Medical Education, 19 (1), 448. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1880-8

Kelly, S., Piercy, H., Ibbotson, R., & Fowler-Davis, S. (2018). Who attends out-of-hours general practice appointments? Analysis of a patient cohort accessing new out-of-hours units. BMJ Open, 8 (6), e020308. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020308

Mulhern, B., Shah, K., Janssen, M.F.B., Longworth, L., & Ibbotson, R. (2016). Valuing health using time trade-off and discrete choice experiment methods: does dimension order impact on health state values? Value In Health, 19 (2), 210-217. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jval.2015.11.005

Collins, K., Hughes, P., Ibbotson, R., Foy, G., & Brooks, D. (2015). Views and experiences of using integrated care pathways (ICPs) for caring for people in the last days to hours of life: results from a cross sectional survey of UK professionals. British Medical Journal Supportive and Palliative Care, 6 (3). http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000768

Brummell, S., Tod, A.M., Mcdonnell, A., Guerin, M., Beattie, V., & Ibbotson, R. (2014). An evaluation of the role of support workers in lung cancer. Cancer Nursing Practice, 14 (1), 22-27. http://doi.org/10.7748/cnp.14.1.22.e1147

McClimens, A., Ibbotson, R., Kenyon, C., Mclean, S., & Soltani, H. (2012). Confidence and performance in objective structured clinical examination. British Journal of Midwifery, 20 (10), 746-751.

Brazier, J.E., Rowen, D., Mavranezouli, I., Tsuchiya, A., Young, T., Yang, Y., ... Ibbotson, R. (2012). Developing and testing methods for deriving preference-based measures of health from condition-specific measures (and other patient-based measures of outcome). Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), 16 (32), 1-114. http://doi.org/10.3310/hta16320

McClimens, A., Doel, M., Ibbotson, R., Partridge, N., Muscroft, E., & Lockwood, L. (2012). How do the ’Peace Gardens’ make you feel? publicspace and personal wellbeing in City Centre Sheffield. Journal of Urban Design, 17 (1), 117-133. http://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2011.593961

Dixon, S., Shackley, P., Bonham, J., & Ibbotson, R. (2012). Putting a value on the avoidance of false positive results when screening for inherited metabolic disease in the newborn. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease, 35 (1), 169-176. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10545-011-9354-0

Brazier, J., Rowen, D., Tsuchiya, A., Young, T., & Ibbotson, R. (2011). PCN124 The Impact of Condition Labelling on Health State Values. Value in Health, 14 (7), A457. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jval.2011.08.1225

Conference papers

Di Nuovo, A., Bamforth, J., Conti, D., Sage, K., Ibbotson, R., Clegg, J., ... Arnold, K. (2020). An explorative study on robotics for supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder during clinical procedures. In 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI, (pp. 189-191). Piscataway, NJ, USA: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc: http://doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378277

Kelly, S., Ibbotson, R., Piercy, H., & Davis, S.F. (2019). Is there some degree of unmet need in primary care?: analysis of a patient cohort accessing a new out of hours units. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 73, A34. http://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-SSMabstracts.72

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Ibbotson, R., Bhanbhro, S., & Tod, A. (2015). Weight gain following stroke : its everybody's business. In UK Stroke Forum 2015, ACC Liverpool, 2015 - 2015. https://www.stroke.org.uk/events/training-conference/uk-stroke-forum-conference-2015

Rowen, D., Brazier, J.E., Tsuchiya, A., Young, T., & Ibbotson, R. (2012). The impact of condition labelling on health state utility values. QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH, 20, 11.

Rowen, D., Brazier, J., Tsuchiya, A., Young, T., & Ibbotson, R. (2012). It's all in the name, or is it? The impact of labeling on health state values. Medical decision making : an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making, 32 (1), 31-40. http://doi.org/10.1177/0272989x11408435

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2014). Long term weight gain following stroke : exploring incidence and explanations. In BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 10 September 2014 - 12 September 2014.

Homer, C., Tod, A., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., & Ibbotson, R. (2014). Weight gain after a stroke : the issue and control. In RCN 2014 Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Glasgow, 2 April 2014 - 4 April 2014. http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/research_and_innovation/rs/research2014


Nightingale, J., Sevens, T., & Ibbotson, R. (2023). North East and Yorkshire Regional Synthesis of AHP workforce plans. Final Report to NHS England (NEY region). Unpublished.

Nightingale, J., Urquhart-Kelly, T., Saunders, L., Monks, H., Ali, N., Ibbotson, R., & Lewis, R. (2021). 'Marvellous Nurses': An independent evaluation of the role, impact and contribution of Roald Dahl specialist nurses. Roald Dahl's Marvellous Charity. https://www.roalddahlcharity.org/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/marvellous_nurses_shu_report_september_2021.pdf

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2015). Weight gain following stroke in younger age (below 70 years) in men and women: challenges and opportunities for prevention and action. Sheffield, UK: Collaboration for Leadership in applied Health Research and Care. http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/our-themes/public-health-and-inequalities/end-of-project-report

Gumber, A., Ramaswamy, B., Ibbotson, R., Ismail, M., Thongchundee, O., Harrop, D., ... Rauf, A. (n.d.). Economic, Social and Financial Cost of Parkinson's on Individuals, Carers and their Families in the UK. Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University. https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/specialisms/centre-for-health-and-social-care-research/reports/economic-social-and-financial-cost-of-parkinsons-on-individuals-carers-and-their-families


Urquhart-Kelly, T., Monks, H., Nightingale, J., Ibbotson, R., Ali, N., Lewis, R., & Saunders, L. (2023). The Quality And Experience Of Care For Children, Young People And Their Families Receiving Care From Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses. Presented at: International Family Nursing Association Conference 2023 IFNA16, Dublin

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2014). Long term weight gain following stroke: exploring incidence and explanations. Presented at: Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Birmingham

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2014). Weight gain after a stroke: the issue and control. Presented at: Royal College of Nursing, Glasgow


Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2015). Weight gain following stroke: it's everybody's business. Presented at: UK stroke Forum 2015, Liverpool

Homer, C., Allmark, P., Bhanbhro, S., Ibbotson, R., & Tod, A. (2014). Long term weight gain following stroke: exploring incidence and explanations. Presented at: Health and Wellbeing Research Day, Sheffield Hallam University


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