star Research Students

The following Postgraduate Research Students have completed their doctorate during the REF census period. For a list of current students please view departmental pages. Where possible, we have linked to the full-text electronic version of the PhD theses. The other PhD theses are available on request by contacting

Name Project Title
AINSWORTH, Roberta Lulu A Randomised Placebo Controlled Clinical Trial of a Rehabilitation Programme for Patients with a Diagnosis of Massive, Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears of the Shoulder
MACKENZIE, Heather Elizabeth Measuring the Health-Related Quality of Life of Teenagers with Food-Hypersensitivity
MARKHAM, Christian The Development and Validation of a Quality of Life Measure for Children with Speech Language and Communication Needs
WING, Trevor Alured Investigation of the reproductive effects of Chinese herbal medicine in humans as measured by 3D ultrasound and blood serum
HEYWOOD, Jane Walford Attitudes and Beliefs of Military Physiotherapists and their Influence on the Management of Chronic Low Back Pain in Military Personnel
OFORI, Samuel Nomo Isolated Oligohydramnios in Low-Risk Pregnancy - A Prospective Study of the Maternal, Placental and Fetal Aetiological Factors and Associated Perinatal Outcomes
BURTON, Mandy Marie An illuminative evaluation of foster carers’ experiences of attending an attachment theory and practice training programme offered by a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for Looked After Children
COLLINS-GILCHRIST, Christina The evaluation of a Self-Management Physiotherapy Programme for adults with cystic fibrosis
GALLINI, Andrew Nigel An illuminative evaluation of the response of an acute healthcare NHS trust to the national dignity in care campaign in England
GIVATI, Assaf The holistic discourse and formalising education of non-medically qualified acupuncturists and homeopaths in England: an in depth, qualitative study
WELLING, Anne 006 tuning fork testing on ankle injuries: does it improve the accuracy of the Ottawa ankle rules?
DELF, Penelope Jane A research project to design, implement and assess the effectiveness of a sole eLearning module to prepare non-medical healthcare practitioners to report nuclear medicine bone scans
DIX, Garry Raymond Chemical exposure and lung function in fragrance industry employees.
MANDER Clare Elizabeth A mixed methods study to explore the diagnostic accuracy and acceptability of the tuning fork test in the detection of ankle fractures.
SANDELL Clare Louise A study of self-reported surgical site infection post total hip or total knee replacement
SOMMER Isolde An investigation of food choice behaviour and dietary intake of children, teenagers and adults with food allergies
SUTTON Reginald Paul Voices from the Silence: a qualitative study giving voice to adults with learning disabilities who have experience as service users with mental health needs.
UDELL Julie Elizabeth Fall and injury prevention interventions: an exploration using three complementary methodologies

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star Research Collaborations

Our contributions to the wider research base include training and methodological developments in systematic review methodology and evidence-based practice. For example, Dean, Drahota and Kilburn have undertaken a collaborative project with The Cochrane Collaboration to develop a suite of online learning materials, which is now rolled out internationally to over 31,000 members of the Cochrane Collaboration. This has involved close collaboration with the Cochrane Training Working Group (led by the Australasian Cochrane Centre), UK Cochrane Centre, Cochrane Editorial Unit, and methodologists from across the Cochrane Collaboration. In addition, Drahota is a member of an international working group developing The Cochrane Collaboration’s risk of bias tool extension for cluster randomised trials, which will be incorporated into the Collaboration’s software (RevMan) for generating systematic reviews. As part of an unrivalled programme for stimulating evidence based practice, ‘Putting Evidence into Practice’ (PEP), we have also developed and delivered CPD training to 360 healthcare professionals in the South Central region (spanning Berkshire, Isle of Wight, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Winchester), through a series of 20 commissioned face-to-face and online courses, and research conference (Dean, Drahota, Fogg, Kilburn, Mackenzie).

We pursue active involvement in boards and advisory groups facilitating local, national, and international research infrastructure (Dean: Panel member – MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship; UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) Training and Education Advisory group; Hampshire and Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network; Pallikadavath: ESRC Peer Review College; National Institute of Health (NIH), USA: Bilateral funding stream; Severs: Panel member - South Central Research for Patient Benefit Programme Funding Committee; Member of the UKCRC R&D Advisory Group on NHS Connecting for Health 2006-2009). Our support of the wider research infrastructure additionally includes peer reviewer roles for national (e.g. Higgins: HTA programme; Pallikadavath: ESRC, MRC) and international (e.g. Drahota: European Science Foundation; Pallikadavath: Michel Smith Foundation (MSF), Canada) funding organisations. Locally, we have active representation in Portsmouth City Council (Dean: Board Member – Portsmouth City Health and Social Well Being Partnership Board), Portsmouth Healthwatch (Drahota: board member of Healthwatch Development group), West Sussex Health & Wellbeing Co-operative, Health Education Wessex (Local Education and Training Board), Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), RDS Partnership Executive (Dean), and Education Committees with Portsmouth Hospitals Trust and new collaborative projects. We all undertake discipline specific peer review activities and Venter was invited editor of a special issue of Journal of Allergy.

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