October Researcher 2023

INSPIRE'S Researchers Series

Researcher Spotlight

 Welcome back to our Researcher Spotlight series! Every month we highlight one of our consortium members working to bring INSPIRE forward. 

This October, we are delighted to spotlight Amy McLuskie from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Amy is a registered Dietitian, Clinical Fellow and PhD candidate who brings a wealth of clinical expertise to INSPIRE. We’re thrilled to have her on board working on Work Package 2: Intervention Readiness.

INSPIRE Oct 2023 researcher
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Amy McLuskie

Tell us a bit about yourself Amy!

I am a registered Dietitian with a BSc Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics. I have spent the majority of my career working in the NHS in a variety of specialist clinical roles, including working with patients with cancer. I have always been interested in research and how to integrate research findings into clinical practice with the goal of helping improve patient outcomes. I have recently begun working as a clinical research fellow at the University of Edinburgh working on INSPIRE and as a PhD candidate.

What’s your role in INSPIRE?

I am currently working on Work Package (WP) 2 alongside Professor Barry Laird and Dr Joanne Bayly. WP 2 is about intervention readiness. It is our responsibility to ensure the rehabilitation practitioners are trained to deliver the intervention to fidelity and continue to do so throughout the trial. This has involved producing a manual alongside training resources for the rehabilitation practitioners and we will also provide regular on-going support for the rehabilitation practitioners.

What excites you the most about INSPIRE? 

I am enjoying working alongside so many talented researchers with different clinical backgrounds and learning from their wealth of experience. I am looking forward to when participants are enrolled in the trial and what impact the INSPIRE intervention has on them, their caregivers and their quality of life. I am excited to develop my research skills in delivering a complex intervention as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team and what the future holds for rehabilitation in palliative care.

How would you describe the INSPIRE project in three words?