Dr Stuart Stewart, Rochdale Infirmary

New era for research in Rochdale

We are delighted to welcome Dr Stuart Stewart to the NCA Research and Innovation Team as Research Ambassador for Rochdale Care Organisation.

Dr Stewart, who is a GP in the final year of GP training and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, says he wants to bring his passion for population health to a community he’s worked in over the last eight years.

He said: “Rochdale has a range of pressing health and social care needs so I am thrilled to be contributing to high-quality research in this community. Over the last eight years, I have worked within some of the poorest communities across Greater Manchester, which highlights the tremendous impact that specific diseases and multimorbidity have on our communities. Naturally, these experiences touched me as a human and shaped me as a doctor, ultimately guiding my academic interests which are broad and represent my love of the variety so common within day-to-day General Practice along with serving under-served communities.”

His main academic interests are around health inequalities, women’s health, technology in healthcare and more specifically artificial intelligence. But he added: “Ultimately, I am interested in the stories and struggles of humans, and as a doctor and a researcher – that is always my starting point. In the coming weeks and months, I will be working closely with the NCA R&I team and the wider multidisciplinary team within Rochdale Care Organisation to map out our plans for research. From there, we are looking to begin to share our learning across Greater Manchester while integrating with other key stakeholders within social care and the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network.”