PhD Students

Rashmi Bhardwaj

  • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow (National Institute for Health Research)
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  • Research interests:Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), theory-based approaches to understand and change behaviours of healthcare professionals and patients.


  • Master of Clinical Research (Distinction) Newcastle University (2011)
  • PP 126-127 Mentorship Qualifications, Northumbria University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Nursing Practice, Northumbria University (2005)
  • RGN & M (Adult), PNRCC Punjab University, India (1999)


Research Interests:

Reduction in catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), reducing urinary catheter duration, use of theory-based approaches to understand and change behaviours of healthcare professionals and patients to improve clinical care, patient safety and care quality improvement.



  • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship from UK National Institute for Health Research (£200,520) June 2013 to May 2016
  • Alice Cory Early Research Fellowship for Master in Clinical Research, hosted by Medical Research Council (£25,000) August 2008 to July 2011


Funded by:

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship, National Institute for Health Research  (2013-2016)



  • Rob Pickard


Professor of Urology, Institute of Cellular medicine, Newcastle University


  • Dr Justin Presseau

Lecturer in Health Psychology, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University


  • Dr Clare Abley

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and Nurse Consultant Vulnerable Older Adults

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University



  • Bhardwaj, R., Pickard, R.S., Carrick-Sen, D., Brittain, K. (2012) Patients’ perspectives on timing of urinary catheter removal after surgery, British Journal of Nursing, 21:S4, S6-9. 2012.
  • Bhardwaj, R. & Pickard, R. (2011) Contributing to Clinical Research: a practical guide, Eye News Apr/May 12-17.
  • Bhardwaj, R. & Pickard, R. (2010), "Contributing to Clinical Research: a practical guide", Urology News Jan/Feb14 (2):12-14.
  • Bhardwaj, R. Pickard, R. Rees J.  (2010), "Documented adherence to standards and guidelines: an audit", British Journal of Nursing Oct 14-27; 19(18):S26-30.PMID: 20948485.


Conference presentations:

  • Bhardwaj, R. (2011) Timing of urinary catheter removal after surgery: Identification of factors of importance to patients using a qualitative approach, Podium presentation at the International Nursing Research Conference by Royal College of Nursing, May 16, 2011, Harrogate.
  • Bhardwaj, R., Pickard, R., Presseau, J. (2014) Mixed methods study of Reducing the Duration of Urinary Catheters: Preliminary findings of the qualitative phase: Canadian Knowledge Translation Annual Scientific Meeting, June 12-13, 2014, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Bhardwaj, R., Presseau, J., Carrick-Sen, D., Pickard, R. (2013) Reducing the Duration of Urinary Catheters: A Protocol: 9th UK Society of Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, December 9-10, 2013, Oxford, UK.
  • Bhardwaj, R., Plummer, C.J., Fazal, I. A., McComb, J.M. (2013) Non-medical role development; a report of describing experiences of setting-up the Implantable Loop Recorder Service by a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a regional cardiac centre in the North East: 15th Nursing & Midwifery Conference, 20th June 2013, Newcastle  upon Tyne, UK.
  • Fazal, I. A., Bhardwaj, R., Tynan, M., Plummer, C.J., McComb, J.M. (2012) Initial Experience with Remote Monitoring of Implantable Loop Recorders: Cardiostim 2012: 18th World Congress on Cardiac Electrophysiology & Cardiac Techniques, June 13-16, 2012, Nice, France.



Newcastle Health Psychology Group 

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 

European Health Psychology Society

Decision Making and Organisation of Care

Nursing & Midwifery Council


Esteem Indicators

  • Invited speaker- Laval University, Quebec City, Canada (17th June, 2014) Hosted by Professor France Légaré (Canada Research Chair in the Implementation of Shared Decision Making). 
  • Finalist- 2013 National Nursing Achievement Awards, Cardiovascular Innovation Category, UK (30th October, 2013) Honoured by HRH Prince Charles at the Clarence House for recognition of work for ILR service set-up.
  • Invited speaker- Directors of Chinese Hospital Management Research Centre, Beijing (11th October, 2013) UK China Collaboration Visit at Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University.


Public engagement activities 

  • ‘Meet the Scientist’ Event-17th April, 2014. Involvement- Organiser and Co- lead for this event. Description- a public engagement activity under Institute of Health and Society (Newcastle University) ‘Athena SWAN’ outreach remit to improve the visibility of women in science and to engage young minds about health, science and the body at the Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • NIHR ‘OK to Ask’ Clinical Research Campaign- May, 2012. Involvement- Supported and ran the campaign on International Clinical Trials Day. Description- a public engagement event to encourage patients and carers to engage with health research at the Newcastle Freeman Hospital, UK.


Additional activities

  • Member of the ‘Performing Research Drama & Theatre Skills Group’ (November 2013 - current) - at Newcastle University.
  • Ex member of the British Territorial Army (April 2002 – March 2008) - served as a Captain for six years in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, 201 Field Hospital, UK.