Claire Bentley BSc (Hons)

Research Associate

University of Sheffield,
Regent Court,
30 Regent Street,
S1 4DA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2976
Fax: +44 (0) 114 272 4095
Room: 1.09b, 1st Floor, The Innovation Centre


I joined the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology (RAT) Group in April 2011 after working in pharmaceutical market research for several years. Prior to this I gained a first class Psychology degree at the University of Manchester. In both of these ventures I gained valuable experience of research methods and their application to the healthcare context.

I am currently a Research Associate working as part of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health and Research Care: Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC-YH). Within this role I am working on the SMART (Self-Management supported by Assistive, Rehabilitation and Telehealth technologies) project which is investigating the potential to use technology in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) self-management. This involves close liaison with Breathe Easy support groups and NHS Trusts across South Yorkshire. We have developed an ‘app’ which could help people with COPD to increase their physical activity, and we are evaluating its acceptability and usefulness in a feasibility study with patients and healthcare professionals. I am also involved in research evaluating the use of a portable monitoring device to aid weight loss and HbA1c control in Type 2 Diabetes.

Prior to this I worked as a Research Associate in the CLAHRC for South Yorkshire. As part of this role I managed a pilot RCT investigating whether a telemonitoring system could improve quality of life and
decrease hospitalisations in COPD patients. In addition I established and managed a project looking into users’ views of telecare and specifically the reasons why people may or may not decide to use it.
This has involved liaising with Sheffield City Council, City Wide Care Alarms and many voluntary / third sector organisations. The results have informed SCC / CWCA’s business and marketing strategy.

Research Interests

I have a general interest in people’s self-management of their health. I am particularly interested in the relationship between physical and mental health and its implications for self-management interventions.


I helped establish and am now running an ILA Masterclass which introduces medical undergraduates to telehealth and telecare. I also lead workshops and lectures with nursing and allied health professional undergraduates at Sheffield Hallam University on the same topic.

Current Projects

• SMART3 COPD development work and feasibility study


Bentley, C.L., Powell, L.A., Orrell, A., Mountain, G.A. (2014). Addressing design and suitability barriers to Telecare use: Has anything changed? Technology and Disability, 26(4); 221-235.

Bartlett, Y.K., Haywood, A., Bentley, C.L., Parker, J., Hawley, M.S., Mountain, G.M., Mawson, S. (2014). The SMART personalised self-management system for congestive heart failure: results of a realist evaluation. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 14:109.

Bentley, C.L., Mountain, G.A., Thompson, J., Fitzsimmons, D.A., Lowrie, K., Parker, S.G., Hawley, M.S. (2014). A pilot randomised controlled trial of a Telehealth intervention in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: challenges of clinician-led data collection, Trials, 15; 313.