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I hold a clinically based fellowship and as such, during the first two years of my PhD, I worked clinically for an average of 2 days/month at George Eliot Hospital based in Nuneaton with my clinical supervisor, Sandra Jepson, an extended scope spinal practitioner.

During this time I undertook a number of assessments for patients with chronic low back pain and assisted in the delivery of a group cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for this patient population. The group classes were based on the BeST intervention and were therefore directly related to my PhD.

This work, combined with the range of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) courses that I have attended, has vastly improved by CBT skills and confidence in assessing and treating patients with chronic low back pain (LBP).


April 2013: Institute of Digital Healthcare - University of Warwick
Conference attended.

October 2012: Odense International Forum XII – Primary Care Research on Back Pain

The following abstracts were accepted for poster presentations:
E-training for AHP’s: A systematic literature review of methods for training therapists.

A systematic literature review of the effectiveness of psychological treatments for the management of Whiplash Associated Disorders.

May 2012: Physiotherapy Research Society

Abstract accepted for poster presentation:
E-training for AHP’s: A systematic literature review of methods for training therapists.

*Poster was nominated ‘Best Poster’ by panel of judges (prize £50)*

April 2010: West Midlands Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (WM NMAHP) Awards Celebration Event
Poster presentation.

Internal and external training courses

March 2013: Academic Writing: Engaging the Reader - RSSP (W13R)

February 2013: Academic Writing - Paragraph Construction, elements and transition - RSSP (W3R)

February 2013: Academic Writing - Revision, proofreading, editing for clarity - RSSP (W12R)

February 2013: Academic Writing - The academic writing style and language - RSSP (W4R)

January 2013: Academic Writing - Elements of Structure and organisation - RSSP (W2R)

May 2012: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for musculoskeletal disorders (2 days)

October 2012: Chief Investigator course for Trial Coordinators & Administrators

January 2012: Sitebulider2 – An Overview for Complete Beginners

January 2012: Good Clinical Practice Update

January 2012: Research Governance Training

December 2011: Preparing for your upgrade from MPhil to PhD

August 2011: Basic Life Support

May-November 2011: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (four x 2-day workshops) at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre

March 2011: PG Certificate in Transferable Skills Course – Team working and networking

January 2011: Advanced Literature searching

WM NMAHP Awards Celebration


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Poster: E-training for AHP's

Edited poster

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