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Kate Grafton

Dr Kate Grafton

Deputy Head Of Department


Dr Kate Grafton is the Deputy Head of the Department of Allied Health Professions Department where she is responsible for development of research and facilitating links with collaborating partners and external research networks. 


Kate is also responsible for the departments' post-registration education and CPD, and for the development and management of private sector partnerships and international activities.

Prior to her current role as Deputy Head of Department, Kate was involved in international education and partnership development and was Head of International for the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University where she lead international development across Biosciences, Nursing and Midwifery, the Allied Health Professions, Social Work and Sport professional areas.

Kate entered higher education in 1999 as an academic at Sheffield Hallam University and has experience in the development of various masters degrees and the delivery of innovative physiotherapy and inter-professional provision at postgraduate levels. She has represented the university on various national professional body clinical and education networks which shape professional policy, clinical and educational standards.

Prior to her academic career Kate acquired extensive clinical experience in the UK and Australia, as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist, in both the public and private sectors. She led the development of many pioneering roles and services in the NHS that expanded the scope of physiotherapy practice and service delivery.

Kate is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), she is registered Physiotherapist with the UK Health Care Professions Council and is a Member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

AHP workforce development
Health outcome measurement
International physiotherapy and allied health profession development
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences



"Back Active" Physiotherapy Model of Care: A Protocol for a Service Evaluation. This project is supported by CLAHRC Acorn funding and evaluates the effectiveness of a programme developed at Doncaster Royal infirmary that transitions patients with back pain from face-to-face physiotherapy, to physiotherapy led community-based exercise programmes, to personalised fitness instructor support for exercise and physical activity to those patients who require additional support and finally to discharge and self-management.

Doctoral thesis - Global Mobility of Indian Physiotherapists: A Journey of Professional Identity Transformation


Journal articles

Spiteri, K., Xerri de Caro, J., Grafton, K., Laventure, B., & Broom, D.R. (2022). Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour with Retirement in Maltese Civil Servants: A Dialectical Mixed-Method Study. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19 (21), 14598.

Spiteri, K., Grafton, K., Xerri de Caro, J., & Broom, D. (2021). Translation of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire to Maltese and Reliability Testing. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, 4 (1), 23-30.

Harris, J., Grafton, K., & Cooke, J. (2020). Developing a consolidated research framework for clinical allied health professionals practising in the UK. BMC Health Services Research, 20 (1).

Nightingale, J., Fowler-Davis, S., Grafton, K., Kelly, S., Langham, C., Lewis, R., ... Harrop, D. (2020). The role of Allied Health Professions and Nursing Research Internships in developing a research culture: a mixed-methods exploration of stakeholder perspectives. Health Research Policy and Systems, 18 (1), 122.

Spiteri, K., Broom, D., Bekhet, A.H., de Caro, J.X., Laventure, B., & Grafton, K. (2019). Barriers and motivators of physical activity participation in middle-aged and older-adults – a systematic review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Grafton, K., & Gordon, F. (2019). A grounded theory study of the narrative behind Indian physiotherapists global migration. The International Journal of Health Planning and Management.

Grafton, K., & Gordon, F. (2018). The Motivations and Aspirations of Indian Physiotherapists Who Migrate Overseas to Study and Work: A Grounded Theory Study. Physiotherapy.

Ali, N., Grafton, K., & May, S. (2018). Systematic review of grounded theory studies in physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Mehta, S., & Grafton, K. (2014). A survey on the use of outcome measures by musculoskeletal physiotherapist’s in India. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 30 (2), 110-122.

Grafton, K., & O'Shea, S. (2013). The intra and inter-rater reliability of a modified weight-bearing lunge measure of ankle dorsiflexion. Manual Therapy, 18 (3), 264-268.

Grafton, K.V., Foster, N.E., & Wright, C.C. (2005). Test-retest reliability of the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire: assessment of intraclass correlation coefficients and limits of agreement in patients with osteoarthritis. The Clinical journal of pain, 21 (1), 73-82.

Grafton, K., Foster, N., & Wright, C. (2005). Test-retest reliability of the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire. Clinical Journal of Pain, 21 (1), 73-82.

Conference papers

Young, R., Thompson, A., McLean, S., & Grafton, K. (2016). Impact of a physical activity pathway for musculoskeletal conditions: a clinical–academic partnership service evaluation. Physiotherapy, 102 (Suppl1), e250.

Theses / Dissertations

Ali, N. (2019). The Egyptian physiotherapist journey toemancipation: a grounded theory study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Grafton, K.

Grafton, K. (2013). Indian physiotherapists' global Mobility: a grounded theory journey of professional identity transformation. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Gordon, M., & Parry, A.

Other activities

External Examiner Coventry University MSc Manual Therapy
Chartered Society Physiotherapy Research and Development Committee

Postgraduate supervision

Nancy Ali - "A doctor or not? The Egyptian physician-physiotherapist conflict." Due to submit December 2017

Shanmughan Chettyar - "Patient - Therapist Relationships In Musculoskeletal Settings in India" Due to submit December 2017

Mark Collins - "Clinical Reasoning in Image Guided Radiotherapy: An Observational Study" Due to submit December 2016

1 PhD completion on "Patient-reported outcome measures".

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