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The PRU team

Professor Karen Barker PhD MSc FCSP

Karen BarkerHead of Therapies at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
Associate Professor, NDORMS, University of Oxford
Visiting Professor, School of Health Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Karen has been part of the Physiotherapy Research Unit since 1997 and the Director of the Physiotherapy Research Unit since 2000. She has an MSc in Ergonomics from Loughborough University and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Her research interests are primarily in the fields of limb reconstruction, chronic back pain, osteoporosis and joint arthroplasty.

Karen is Clinical Director for the Orthopaedic Directorate of the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Head of Therapy Services at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

Francine Toye PhD

Francine ToyeFran studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University (1986-1990) and later qualified as a physiotherapist (1996).  She first joined the unit in 1999 when she was funded and successfully completed a PhD thesis, which explored the assessment of need for total knee replacement. Prior to this Fran practised as an outpatient physiotherapist at Queen Mary’s in Roehampton.

Fran’s research aims to explore how culture, context and narrative affect patients and clinicians healthcare decisions. She has published a body of qualitative research and has expertise in qualitative research methodology, including qualitative systematic review. Fran’s research plans are to focus on maximising the impact of qualitative research through complementary modes of dissemination such as audio/visual media.

Catherine Minns Lowe PhD

Catherine joined the Unit in 2004 as a Superintendent Research Physiotherapist. She was awarded a Department of Health Researcher Development Award/NIHR Training Fellowship in 2005 and was awarded a PhD in 2009 (University of Birmingham).

Prior to working at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Catherine has held lecturing and research posts at the University of East London and at Keele University in addition to senior clinical posts. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Post Graduate Studies at the University of Hertfordshire, leading Research Investigations Modules and supervising post-graduate research studies. Her research interests include musculoskeletal pain and rehabilitation and she is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Meredith Newman MSc

Meredith NewmanMeredith has been working in the Physiotherapy Research Unit part-time since 2005. Her current research activity includes developing grant applications to undertake research into the outcomes, experiences and rehabilitation of revision Total Hip Replacement (THR) patients and an analysis of the validity and reliability of one of the primary outcome measures of the PROVE study: the Timed Loaded Standing test. In the past year she has supported the development of an intervention for the PROSPER trial and the delivery of the PROVE trial.

Meredith has an MSc in Rehabilitation Science from Southampton University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Postural Management from Oxford Brookes University.

Cathy Jenkins MPhil

Cathy JenkinsCathy has worked in the Physiotherapy Research Unit since January 2000. Her current responsibility is an on-going audit looking at outcomes following the Oxford Unicompartmental Knee Replacement (UKR). This database monitors over 4000 Oxford UKRs and is now reviewing patients who had surgery over 17 years ago. In addition to the UKR audit there are other UKR studies based in the Physiotherapy Research Unit.

Whilst working in this unit Cathy completed her MPhil in 2008 with Oxford Brookes University on the subject of kneeling after Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty. Prior to her current post she worked here at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre on the Orthopaedic Wards in various roles since February 1989.

Jon Room MRes

Jonathon-roomJon joined the Physiotherapy Research Unit in September 2014 having worked previously at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Outpatients, Hands and Haemophilia.

He has successfully completed two steps on the National Institute for Health Research’s Integrated Clinical Academic Pathway, undertaking a research internship at the Physiotherapy Research Unit in 2012-13, before completing an MRes in Clinical and Health Research at the University of Southampton during 2013-2015. His dissertation focused on the facilitators and barriers to physiotherapists providing lifestyle advice as part of their treatment.

Jon is undertaking a PhD with the Movement Science Group at Oxford Brookes University looking at the effects of interventions to improve exercise adherence in older patients. His research interests include rehabilitation after arthroplasty, treatment adherence and physical activity and exercise for those with musculoskeletal conditions.  

Tamsin Hughes BSc

Tamsin HughesTamsin joined the Physiotherapy Research Unit in November 2013 to recruit and assess participants and collect data for a study investigating what type of physiotherapy treatment is most effective for patients with osteoporotic vertebral fracture (PROVE study).  She is also recruiting and assessing for the STAR study looking at post-operative care for chronic pain after total knee replacement.  Previously she spent a year auditing the implementation of the enhanced recovery programme for hip and knee arthroplasty at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and as a band 6 rotational physiotherapist working with adults and paediatrics since 2004.

Tamsin graduated from St Margaret’s University, Edinburgh, in 2000 and completed her junior rotations at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Linda Davies MSc

Linda DaviesLinda grew up and trained in New Zealand.  She graduated from physiotherapy school, Auckland in 1996. Linda has worked primarily in the musculoskeletal speciality throughout her career. She joined the research team in 2013 after completing her MSc in physiotherapy at Coventry University.

Martha Moore BSc

Martha MooreMartha joined the Physiotherapy Research Unit in September 2014, primarily assisting with a community based rehabilitation programme to help improve functional outcomes after knee replacement (CORKA study). In September 2015 she started the MRes programme in Clinical Research at Southampton University where she is looking at the validity and reliability of the Four Square Step Test for both knee and hip replacement patients.

Martha graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of the West of England in July 2014 and started her first post as a Research Physiotherapist at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre shortly after.

Erin Hannink DPT

Erin HanninkErin joined the Physiotherapy Research Unit in January 2015. She is currently assisting with several studies in the department, including KAPPA and Walk30X5.

Recently from the United States, Erin’s primary clinical focus was on musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology (2008) from the University of California Los Angeles, and later received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (2013) from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

Clare McKenzie

Clare McKenzieClare joined the Research Unit in August 2015. Alongside her clinical role as Occupational Therapist for the Oxford Sarcoma Service, she is working on a systematic review of rehabilitation for sarcoma patients and outcome measures for the service. Clare previously worked in the musculoskeletal Occupational Therapy service as Occupational Therapy team lead and has worked for the Sarcoma Service since 2008.

Clare graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and is currently working towards an MSc in Cancer and Research.