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Research

The Allied Health Professions department undertakes applied research that will impact upon clinical practice and healthcare workforce development. Our research is conducted through a collaboration between clinical, educational and research experts from across the allied health professions.

Research themes include:

  • rehabilitation
  • cancer
  • long term conditions
  • education and workforce development



Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is a branch of healthcare which aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities.  This may be done by managing people who are at risk of developing a health problem or through the use of treatments, exercise or physical activity, promotion of mobility and functional ability in order to improve quality of life.

Our work focuses on developing ways to improve the health and well-being of patients and the wider population by:

  • dentifying, managing and supporting people who are at risk of developing a health problem 
  • optimising service delivery and healthcare interventions for patients with a current health problem
  • seeking ways to support patients to become self-managers their own health problems effectively

Long term conditions

Long-term conditions cover a very wide range of health problems, which can include:

  • musculoskeletal problems including osteoarthritis
  • stroke and other neurological problems
  • problems associated with ageing
  • mental health problems

Improved quality of life can be achieved by managing long term conditions which may be involve treatments, exercise or physical activity, promotion of mobility and functional ability.

Our work focuses on understanding of the impact of these conditions on the population by considering their patterns, causes and current treatments. This includes diagnosis, classification, patient expectations and satisfaction.

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