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Liz Newbronner
PhD Student



Liz is a part-time PhD student studying the health and independence of Thalidomide-affected people as they age. She began her career as manager in the NHS, primarily in community and mental health services. She has been working as an independent researcher for the past 15 years. 


  • MBA (Health and Social Services), University of Leeds, 1995
  • MA in Geography, University of Cambridge, 1982
  • Diploma in Health Services Management, Institute of Health Services Management, 1988



Liz’s main research interests are in the fields of long term conditions and self-management, disability, older people and family carers. Her PhD project focuses on the health and independence of Thalidomide-affected people as they age. The first generation of Thalidomide-affected people have now been living with the consequences of the drug’s damage for over 50 years. There is, however, little research into ageing with Thalidomide embryopathy and in the public discourse Thalidomide is often still seen as an historical tragedy, rather than a contemporary disability issue. Her thesis aims to establish a much fuller understanding than currently exists, of the health problems and deterioration Thalidomide-affected people are experiencing as they age; the implications for peoples’ independence and quality of life; and the strategies they are using to manage these new health problems in the context of their life-long impairments.

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Full publications list

  • MacPherson H, Newbronner E, Chamberlain R and Hopton A, (2015). Patients’ experiences and expectations of chiropractic care: a national cross-sectional survey. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 23:3 (16 Jan 2015)
  • MacPherson H, Newbronner E, Chamberlain R, Richmond S, Lansdown H, Perren S, Hopton A, Spilsbury K. (2014). Practitioner Perspectives on Strategies to Promote Longer-Term Benefits of Acupuncture or Counselling for Depression: A Qualitative Study. PLoS ONE 9(9): e104077. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0104077
  • Borthwick R, Newbronner E, and Stuttard L (2009) ‘Out of Hospital’: a scoping study of services for carers of people being discharged from hospital. Health and Social Care in the Community 17(4) pp335–349
  • Glendinning C, Clarke S, Hare P, Maddison J & Newbronner E (2008) Progress and problems in developing outcomes focused social care services for older people in England. Health and Social Care in the Community 16(1) pp54-63
  • Glendinning C and Newbronner E (2008) The Effectiveness of Home Care Re-ablement – Developing the Evidence Base. Journal of Integrated Care Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 32- 39.
  • Newbronner E, Pedler M, Scott T and Sheldon T (2001). The organisational and human resource challenges facing primary care trusts: protocol of a multiple case study. BMC Health Services Research 2001, 1:12
  • Klaber Moffett J, Newbronner E, Waddell G, Croucher C and Spear S (2000) Public Perceptions About Low Back Pain and its Management: a gap between expectations and reality? Health Expectations 3, pp161-168.

(Selected) Published Reports

  • Newbronner et al (2013) A Road Less Rocky – Supporting Carers of People with Dementia. Carers Trust, London.
  • Newbronner et al (2013) Sustaining and spreading self-management support: Lessons from Co-creating Health phase 2. The Health Foundation, London.
  • Newbronner et al (2012) Looking to the Future: Evaluation of the Health Grant to Thalidomide - Impaired People. The Thalidomide Trust.
  • Newbronner et al (2011) Keeping Personal Budgets Personal: Learning from the experiences of older people, people with mental health problems and their carers. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • Newbronner E et al (2007) Research into the Longer Term Effects of Re-ablement Services. York: Social Policy Research Unit, University of York.
  • Glendinning C, Clarke S, Hare P, Kotchetkova I, Maddison J and Newbronner E (2006) Outcomes Focused Services for Older People. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • Hare P and Newbronner E (2004) Looking After Me: Evaluating a new self-management course for carers. London: NHS Expert Patients Programme
  • Arksey, H., Jackson K, Wallace A., Baldwin S, Golder S, Newbronner E, Hare P (2003) Access to Health Care for Carers: Barriers and Interventions. Social Policy Research Unit, University of York.
  • Newbronner E and Hare P (2002) Consultation Report – services to support carers of people with mental health problems. York: Social Policy Research Unit, University of York
  • Newbronner, E. and Hare, P. (2002) Enabling Clinicians to Learn from Patients. London: Long-Term Medical Conditions Alliance
  • Wilson P, Watt I, Newbronner E and Acton C (2001) Involving Patients in Effective Health Care. York: NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York.


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Liz Newbronner
PhD Student