Members of the Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHCR)

List of members and their key research interests.


Key research interests

Professor Fiona Cramp

Centre Director and Professor of Long Term Conditions

Physical activity; rheumatoid arthritis; cancer; fatigue; pain; rehabilitation interventions.

Staff and research members

Staff members

       Name        Key research interests

Professor Jonathan Benger

Professor of Emergency Care

Academic emergency care; service delivery and organisation; evaluation of new techniques and technologies; alcohol and drug use; pre-hospital care; emergency airway management.

Dr Ilhem Berrou

Senior Lecturer - Applied Pharmacology

Innovation in healthcare; digital health; diabetes care.

Professor Richard Cheston

Professor of Mental Health Research (Dementia)


Dr Nikki Cotterill

Associate Professor in Continence Care

Improving the care of individuals with incontinence to improve symptom and quality of life outcomes; embedded qualitative studies to explore the patients' perspective within randomised controlled trials to address continence difficulties; development of patient reported outcome measures for lower pelvic dysfunction.

Dr Mary Cramp

Associate Professor of Long Term Conditions and Portfolio Lead: Health and Social Wellbeing Research

Physiotherapist, with interest in exercise and movement science, and neurological rehabilitation.

Dr Toity Deave

Associate Professor in Family and Child Health

Child and adolescent health; policy and practice evaluation.

Dr Alison Diaper

Senior Research Fellow

Clinical trials, research ethics, psychiatry and neurology.

Dr Emma Dures

Associate Professor: Rheumatology and Self-Management

The psychosocial impact of long term conditions; in particular the measurement and self-management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr Jon Fieldhouse

Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Evaluation and action enquiry.

Dr Caroline Flurey

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Masculinity and men's health, particularly support for men with rheumatic diseases; self-management and help-seeking behaviours; rheumatoid arthritis flares and remission; qualitative methods; Q-methodology.

Dr Laura Goodwin

Senior Research Fellow

Urgent and emergency care; evaluation of new techniques and technologies; pre-hospital care; out-of-hospital birth; health inequalities; ethnic inequalities in maternal/perinatal outcomes; end of life care; virtual visiting; maternal and neonatal health; cardiac arrest; autism.

Dr Rob Grieve

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal and sports injury assessment and management; myofascial pain including myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) and myofascial trigger point (MTrP) therapy.

Dr Susan Horrocks

Senior Lecturer Primary Care - Academic In Practice

Primary and community health services evaluation; new roles and services; service quality.

Kim Kirby

Senior Research Fellow (Paramedic Science)

Paramedic; pre-hospital research, improving outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest; improving Emergency Medical Service 999 call triage; machine learning in Emergency Medical Service call triage; improving advance care planning in end-of-life care, critical care research and paramedic conveyance decision-making.

Dr Praveen Kumar

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Neurological rehabilitation; motor control and learning; therapeutic/manual handling; diagnostic ultrasound (shoulder region).

Dr Jenny Lewis

Senior Lecturer in Pain Science and Occupational Therapy

Perceptual disturbances in chronic pain; body perception disturbance; the use of virtual reality in treating chronic pain; brain imaging - specifically MRI and fMRI; developing interests in EEG and TMS; clinical rehabilitation techniques and outcomes; co-designing projects with those in chronic pain; Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; osteoarthritis.

Dr Alison Llewellyn

Associate Professor in Clinical Research

Pain sciences.

Dr Michael Loizou

Wallscourt Associate Professor in Health Technology and Life Sciences

Experience in human machine interaction, digital healthcare, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), serious games/gamification, and using mobile technologies for healthcare and wellbeing.

Dr Mark Lyttle

Senior Research Fellow

Paediatric emergency medicine; childhood head injury; childhood wheeze.

Professor Candy McCabe

Professor in Nursing and Pain Sciences

Musculoskeletal; pain management; Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Dr Mwidmi Ndosi

Senior Lecturer Rheumatology Nursing

Patient education; models of care and outcome measurement in people with long-term conditions.

Dr Helen Nicholson

Senior Research Fellow

Pre-hospital care; emergency care; paramedic science; trauma care; minor trauma in the older adult; minor head injury.

Dr Faatihah Niyi-Odumosu

Senior Lecturer in Applied Human Physiology

Physical activity and health promotion in lifestyle diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease); interdisciplinary approaches to developing effective and sustainable physical activity across under-represented groups (Elderly, Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities, Women); rehabilitation research; artificial intelligence and robotics in telemedicine and telehealth.

Dr Jen Pearson

Senior Physiotherapy Lecturer

Knowledge mobilisation.

Dr Joanna Robson

Consultant Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology

Rheumatology; systemic vasculitides (specifically Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis and giant cell arteritis).

Dr Behnaz Schofield

Senior Research Fellow

Pre-hospital, urgent and emergency care research, workforce organisation, bioethics, health promotion.

Dr Vincent Singh

Senior Lecturer in Sport Rehabilitation

Sport injury prevention, musculoskeletal conditions and exercise physiology.

Dr Ann Smith

Wallscourt Fellow in Health Technology

Data science in healthcare (improving diagnosis and understanding of diseases); bioinformatics (microbiome and DNA analysis) and health patient record systems (improving data workflow).

Dr Lindsay Smith

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy (Clinical Academic Research)

Elective orthopaedic surgery; lower limb; joint replacement; arthroplasty image interpretation; mixed methods research; service design, delivery, and evaluation; clinical audit.

Dr Sarah Voss

Associate Professor in Emergency Care

Emergency care; dementia.

Professor Nicola Walsh

Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation and Musculoskeletal Health

Musculoskeletal; rheumatology.

Dr Julie Woodley

Senior Lecturer in Radiography

Health care ethics; ethical issues surrounding transplantation procedures especially face transplants and ethical decision making within multi-disciplinary teams.

Emeritus Professors

       Name and title         Research interests

Emeritus Professor Sarah Hewlett

Arthritis; self-management of arthritis; questionnaire development; outcomes of treatment.

Emeritus Professor Sue Roulstone

Speech and language therapy with children; evaluation of speech and language therapy service delivery; children and family perspectives on speech and language impairments; epidemiology of speech and language impairments; professional judgement and decision making.

Visiting roles

       Name, title and role        Key research interests

Kate Beckett

Research Fellow

Knowledge mobilisation.

Fraser Birse

Visiting Fellow

Emergency medicine.

Dr Amanda Bond (nee Longley)

Senior Research Fellow

Health economics; health research.

Dr Edward Carlton

Visiting Professor

Emergency medicine.

Professor Robert Crouch

Visiting Professor

Emergency medicine.

Melissa Domaille

Visiting Fellow

Rheumatology; physiotherapy.

Professor Krysia Dziedzic

Visiting Professor

Arthritis Research UK Professor of Musculoskeletal Therapies

Musculoskeletal therapies.

Ashley Firkins

Clinical Psychologist, RUH Bath

Visiting Fellow

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and complex cancer late effects.

Dr Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert

Visiting Fellow

Chronic pain management - pain psychology and rehabilitation.

Dr Vivien Gibbs

Visiting Fellow

Diagnostic medical ultrasound; Allied Health Professions (AHP) leadership and perceptorship; workforce development.

Dr Pete Gladwell

Visiting Research Fellow

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at North Bristol
NHS Trust

Chronic pain management and chronic fatigue management.

Dr Trudy Goodenough

Visiting Fellow

Health and wellbeing of families, children and young people.

Dr Sarah Green

Associate Director of Education at UHBW, Bristol;

Visiting Fellow

Education and workforce strategy.

Dr Anne Haase

Visiting Fellow

Behaviour change in physical activity.

Steve Hams

Chief Nursing Officer North Bristol NHS Trust

Visiting Professor


Robert Hirst

Visiting Fellow

Emergency medicine.

Dr Justin Jagosh

Visiting Professor 

Realist methodology.

Dr Carey McClellan

Visiting Fellow

Urgent care and musculoskeletal injury; digital health technology.

Dr Stephen McGlynn

Visiting Fellow (Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Workforce & Organisational Development Lead, NIHR Clinical Research Network)

Chartered Psychologist; specialises in work and organisational psychology research, specifically people and organisational development, understanding how employers can best support employee learning, wellbeing and inclusion.

Janice St John-Matthews

Visiting Fellow

Stakeholder engagement in healthcare education and healthcare policy.

Dr Zeke Steer

Visiting Fellow
Founder and CEO, Milbotix

Sensors; machine learning.

Dr Alan Uren

Visiting Fellow

Continence and patient-reported outcome measurement.

Dr Johannes Von Vopelius-Feldt

Visiting Fellow

Emergency medicine.

PhD students

       Name        Title of PhD

Harley Anderson

Evaluating the application of value-based healthcare in the NHS.

Julie Armoogum

Exploring the experiences and needs of cancer survivors with persistent pain.

Claire Bennett

Addressing the support needs of patients with oesophageal cancer and their carers during their cancer journey.

Emma Douglass

Supporting healthcare decision making with adults who have a learning disability.

Charlie Gerlis

Digital support for physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis (DASH-RA).

Simon Goldsworthy

Determining the clinical importance of patient comfort in radiotherapy Determining the clinical importance of patient comfort in radiotherapy (DECIPHER).

Pauline Humphrey

Development of an intervention to reduce distress caused by brachytherapy for locally advanced cervical cancer.

Simon King

Developing and testing an educational intervention to reduce self-reported anxiety levels amongst patients referred for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging.

Csaba Marafko

The long term effect of partial plantar fascia release in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis.

Kevin McDermott

Biomechanical analysis of long term gait after total hip replacement and the effects of gait retraining.

Alyesha Proctor

Developing an intervention to support paramedics in safely assessing and managing children with minor head injury.

Tom Roberts

Developing a complex intervention for patients presenting to the Emergency Department with acute severe headache with the primary aim of decreasing downstream healthcare resource use.

Sasithorn Saengrueangrob

A combined exercise and self-management intervention for knee osteoarthritis for people living in rural Thailand.

Kelly Spurlock

Exploring how caregivers engage with sources of information regarding the introduction of complementary feeding to an infant and caregiver wellbeing.

Anne-Marie Sweeney

Defining and refining nurse-led care for people with early rheumatoid arthritis.

Ema Swingwood

A feasibility study examining the use of Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation to prevent extubation failure in adult intensive care.

Ruben Walsh

Exploring coping strategies demonstrated by young men in response to inflammatory arthritis.

Jennifer Wheeldon

VOICE (Views On Incontinence Care in care homes: an Exploration).

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