Members of the Centre for Health and Clinical Research

Director and Deputy Director

Name Key research interests

Dr Fiona Cramp

Centre Director and Professor of Long Term Conditions

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

Staff members

Name Key research interests

Dr John Albarran

Associate Professor Critical and Cardiovascular Nursing

Cardiovascular issues; resuscitation; critical care nursing; end-of-life issues.

Celia Almeida

Research Associate


Dr Selma Babayigit

Senior Lecturer

 Language and cognitive skills.

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 Antonia Beringer

Senior Lecturer
Child health care provision in acute and community settings; services for children with complex needs; children's end of life and palliative care; action research approaches to developing staff and improving care; realistic evaluation of services: educational preparation for practice; improving coordination of care by multi-disciplinary teams; policy and practice evaluation.

Emma Bird

Research Associate

Intervention design and evaluation; behaviour change; physical activity promotion; systematic review of public health interventions.

Janet Brandling

Research Fellow

Emergency care. 

Professor Richard Cheston

Professor of Mental Health Research (dementia)


Dr Gary Christopher

Senior Lecturer


Dr Nikki Cotterill

NIHR CLAHRC West and CHCR Post Doctoral Fellow

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 Head - Allied Health Professions (Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange)


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

Paul Cunningham

Research Physiotherapist


Rosie Davies
Research Fellow

Patient and Public Involvement for the CLAHRC West.

Dr Toity Deave

Associate Professor in Family and Child Health

Child and adolescent health; policy and practice evaluation.

Emily Dodd

Trial Co ordinator

Dementia care and pain sciences.

Dr Sally Dowling

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Breastfeeding; public health; impact on population health of breastfeeding behaviour (long-term breastfeeding, breastfeeding in public); using innovative methodologies to explore breastfeeding experiences.

Dr Emma Dures

Senior Research Fellow

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

Professor David Evans

Professor in Health Services Research (Public Involvement)

Service user and community involvement in health, including involvement in research.

Tina Fear

Senior Lecturer

Health and social care for older people in all settings; enhancing and supporting care within care homes; supporting and developing career pathway for practice nurses in primary care; developing robotic technology for providing care for older people; ethical dilemmas in research involving older people; developing partnerships across statutory and independent health and social care sectors.

Dr Jon Fieldhouse

Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Evaluation and action enquiry.

Dr Ian Fletcher

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Interprofessional education; workforce development.

Dr Caroline Flurey

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


Health psychology; rheumatoid arthritis flares; men's health; qualitative research methods; self-management; help-seeking behaviours.

Dr Andy Gibson

Associate Professor

Public Involvement.

Dr Trudy Goodenough

Research Fellow

Children and young people's health.

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 Marc Griffiths

Associate Dean Planning and Resources

Hybrid imaging workforce using organisational ethnography.

Dr Andrew Haig-Ferguson

Research Associate

Fatigue intervention in rheumatology.

Professor Sarah Hewlett

Arthritis Research UK: Professor of Rheumatology Nursing

How people can be supported to cope with their arthritis; fatigue and arthritis; questionnaire development; outcomes of treatment; self-management of arthritis.

Dr Susan Horrocks

Senior Lecturer Primary Care - Academic In Practice

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

Dr Richard Kimberlee

Senior Research Fellow

Complex Community Interventions and social prescribing including assessment of social value.

Dr Praveen Kumar

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy

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

Dr Alison Llewellyn

Senior Research Fellow

Pain sciences.

Dr Mark Lyttle

Senior Research Fellow

Paediatric Emergency Medicine; Childhood head injury; childhood wheeze.

Professor Candy McCabe

Professor in Nursing and Pain Sciences

Musculo-skeletal; pain management; Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Dr Stuart McClean

Senior Lecturer

Complementary and Integrated Health; Migration and Health; Cancer; Patient Experience.


Dr Sarah Manns

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Qualitative research, long term conditions, soft robotics, user involvement.

Dr Darian Meacham

Senior Lecturer

Ethics of Human Enhancement, Bioethics; Phenomenology; Philosophical Anthropology; Political Philosophy (problems related to the future of the welfare state).

Dr Katherine Morton

Senior Research Fellow

Service evaluation; qualitative research; medical ethnography; emergency care; gender and the body.

Professor Pam Moule


Research methods; resuscitation; e-learning and health informatics; clinical skills and simulation; evaluation and service improvement.

Dr Julie Mytton

Associate Professor in Child Health

Child public health; injury prevention.

Dr Mwidmi Ndosi

Senior Lecturer Rheumatology Nursing

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

Dr Billie Oliver

Associate Professor of Integrated Children and Young People's Services

Participatory evaluation and research methods; children and young people’s workforce; new role development; professional identity; social pedagogy; community development and involvement; child and youth studies.

Professor Shea Palmer

Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, including knee osteoarthritis; joint hypermobility syndrome, low back pain; patellofemoral pain syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome; Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST); electroanalgesia; sensory assessment in stroke.

Dr Puspa Pant

Research Associate

Child injury prevention.

Dr Jen Pearson

Research Associate

Knowledge mobilisation.

Dr Rita Phillips

Senior Lecturer


Dr Zoe Plummer

Research Fellow


Dr Katherine Pollard

Senior Research Fellow

Research methods; interprofessional learning and working; professional issues in maternity care; public involvement in research; policy and practice evaluation.

Dr Jon Pollock

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Research methodologies; intervention studies.

Professor Jane Powell

Professor of Public Health Economics


Public health; economic evaluation; social science, iConnect.

Dr Lyvonne Tume

Associate Professor in Child Health

Children's critical care nursing.

Dr Ailie Turton

Senior Research Fellow

Stroke rehabilitation and recovery; application of neuroscience to rehabilitation.

Dr Sarah Voss

Senior Research Fellow 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.

Dr Nancy Zook

Senior Lecturer - Psychology

 Executive functions in both typical and atypical aging.

Emeritus Professors

Name and Title                      Research Interest
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, Role Key research interests

Professor Nick Alderman

Visiting Professor

Director of Clinical Services and Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Brain Injury Services PC, Grafton Manor, Northampton

Brain injury, neuropsychology

Dr Amanda Bond

Senior Research Fellow

Health economics, health research

Dr Peter Brindle

Visiting Professor

Research and Development Director for Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative, Director of South West DeNDRoN, GP

Dementia Care, Evaluation

Anna Burhouse

Visiting Fellow

Director of Quality for the West of England Academic Health Science Network

Quality Improvement

Dr Mike Durkin

NHS England
Director of Patient Safety

Patient safety

Deborah Evans

Visiting Professor

Interim Managing Director of the West of England Academic Health Science Network

NHS leadership and management

Dr Pete Gladwell

Visiting Research Fellow
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, North Bristol NHS Trust

 Chronic pain management and chronic fatigue management

Sharon Grieve

Visiting Research Fellow

Pain Sciences


Dr Nicky Harris

Visiting Research Fellow

Child Health, Patient related outcome measures

Dr Claire Howard

Visiting Scholar

Health Psychologist, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases

Pain Sciences, Psychology

Dr Sarah Jackson

Visiting Research Fellow

Operational systems management, cancer care and evaluation

Dr Jenny Lewis

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

NIHR Fellow

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Pain Sciences

Dr Helen Seers
Visiting Research Fellow

Cancer services and evaluation

Dr Lindsay Smith

NIHR/HEE Clinical Lecturer

Weston General Hospital

 Hip arthroplasty surveillance

Dr Adrienne Wilcox

Visiting Scholar

Director of A Talent 4 Health Ltd

Infectious disease, travel medicine, Cancer screening

Dr Nicola Williams

Visiting Research Fellow

Health and Care Research Wales

Patient and public involvement, health and research.

 Dr Yvonne Wren

Senior Research Fellow

Speech and Language Therapist, Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit, North Bristol Trust


Speech and Language Therapy 

PhD students

Name Title of PhD
Jacqueline Barker  'Evidencing the value of PPI in the WEAHSN'
Sarah Bennett 'The psychological impact of joint hypermobility syndrome'
Alice Berry  'Multimedia motivational strategies to facilitate health behaviour change in osteoarthritis'
Santosh Bhatta 'Community-based home injury risk assessment in rural Nepal'
Anna Blackwell 'Early language delay: A study of the evolving language environments of preschool children'
Lisa Disball 'An evaluation of the role and impact of Occupational Therapists working in a reablement service'
Julie Ellis-Jones 'Understanding the impact of research evidence: what informs the decision making processes of health care professionals in functional urology?'
Juliet Girdher 'What is the lived experience of navigating risk and patient safety for Advanced Nurse Practitioners in clinical practice?  A phenomenological study'
Simon Goldsworthy

'Determining the Clinical Importance of Patient Comfort in Radiotherapy (DECIPHER)'

Nia Hughes 'The effects of emotive interruptions and distractions on the performance of static and dynamic tasks'
Bethan Jones

'Activating people with inflammatory arthritis to engage in collaborative healthcare'

Louise Davies 'Exploring communication between patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and healthcare professionals during early rehabilitation consultations'
Christina Maddox 'What is the experience of care support workers caring for technology dependent children in partnership with children's parents in England?'
Leah Morris 'Frontline Physiotherapy in General Practice to Improve the Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions'
Udonna Okeke 'Evidencing the value of the WEAHSN - supply networks' 
Valentino Oriolo 'Quality of life in survivors of out of hospital cardiac arrest taken into hospital: what is the best outcome measure?'

Hannah Stott

'Exploring body perception and comfort after stroke'
Johannes Von Vopelius Feldt 'Pre-hospital critical care for out -of-hospital cardiac arrest.  Does it work, how does it work and how much does it cost?'
Craig Williams 'Adapting interfaces to induce behaviour change and mitigate the negative effects of interruptions in emergency and critical care work settings'

     Professional Doctorate students

Sarah Green 'A case study exploring the definition and application of the concept of 'woman centred care' in a pre-registration midwifery education programme'
Christine McKnight 'A systematic review to assess the effectiveness of interventions to prevent unwanted conceptions in high risking teens'
Paula Riella 'A pilot study of the efficacy of a two-tiered trauma resilience programme in a Welsh Police Force'
Crystyn Scott 'An exploration of burnout in IAPT services using Interpersonal Phenomenological Analysis'
Clare Stevens 'Effectiveness of PPI interventions in service delivery'

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