Members of the Centre for Health and Clinical Research


Name Key research interests

Professor 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

Celia Almeida

Research Associate


Kate Beckett

Research Fellow

 Knowledge mobilisation; unintended injuries; qualitative research.

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.

Janet Brandling

Research Fellow

Emergency care. 

Professor Richard Cheston

Professor of Mental Health Research (dementia)


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 Fiona Cramp

Centre Director and Professor of Long Term Conditions

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

Dr Mary Cramp

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

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.

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.

Dr Jon Fieldhouse

Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Evaluation and action enquiry.

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 Susan Horrocks

Senior Lecturer Primary Care - Academic In Practice

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

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 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.

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 Jen Pearson

Research Associate

Knowledge mobilisation.

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 Joanna Robson

Consultant Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology


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

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.

Emeritus Professors

Name and Title                      Research Interest
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, 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.

Professor Dr Sunil Kumar Joshi

Visiting Professor

Occupational Physician, Head of Department of Community Medicine,
Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal

 Preventive and community medicine.

Dr Amanda Bond (nee Longley)

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 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 Fellow

Cancer services and evaluation.

Dr Lindsay Smith

NIHR/HEE Clinical Lecturer

Weston General Hospital

 Hip arthroplasty surveillance.

Dr Frederic Valla

Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care

Visiting Research Fellow, UWE


Research interest in nutrition in critically ill children and nutritional assessment.

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
Julie Armoogum 'Exploring the experiences and needs of cancer survivors with persistent pain'
Jacqueline Barker  'Evidencing the value of PPI in the WEAHSN'
Sarah Bennett 'The psychological impact of joint hypermobility syndrome'
 'Multimedia motivational strategies to facilitate health behaviour change in osteoarthritis'
Lisa Dibsdall 'An evaluation of the role and impact of Occupational Therapists working in a reablement service'
'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)'

Bethan Jones

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

'Exploring communication between patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and healthcare professionals during early rehabilitation consultations'
'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'
Christina Maddox 'What is the experience of care support workers caring for technology dependent children in partnership with children's parents in England?'
'Frontline Physiotherapy in General Practice to Improve the Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions'
Udonna Okeke 'Evidencing the value of the WEAHSN - supply networks' 

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'

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