Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences: Invitation to register for Professor Nicola Walsh's Inaugural Lecture

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Date: 24 May 2017
Venue: Room 1H039, Glenside Campus, Bristol
Time: 18:00 - 19:30

'The Long and Winding Road': Establishing clinical and cost-effective management for people with osteoarthritis

Abstract 8.75 million people in the UK experience pain and reduced function as a result of osteoarthritic joint pain, a figure that is projected to increase as the population gets older, heavier and less active. Research evidence clearly demonstrates the benefits of exercise and self-management strategies in managing symptoms, but many people affected by the disease do not have access to effective interventions to help manage their condition.

Details of this lecture

This lecture details research that has contributed to our understanding of the physical and psychological benefits of exercise as a first-line treatment for osteoarthritis, and the challenges associated with embedding research evidence into clinical practice. It will explore some of the limitations of traditional empirical research approaches in providing contextual, timely evidence to healthcare decision makers and clinicians. The lecture will conclude with how our emerging understanding of knowledge mobilisation strategies may expedite the process of integrating research evidence into practice to improve patient care.


  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - 19:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking and refreshments

How to attend

Please complete our registration form to confirm your place at this event.

About Nicki

Nicki qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Bath School of Physiotherapy in 1992. After qualifying she worked in a number of London hospitals and for Harlequins RFC gaining expertise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, before obtaining her MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Brighton in 2000. She then became a lecturer-practitioner at King's College London, where she later registered for a PhD, which she completed on a part-time basis whilst working as a Research Associate. She moved to UWE Bristol in 2004 as a Senior Lecturer, and was awarded her PhD in 2009 for her thesis entitled 'Developing effective, deliverable and affordable models of care for osteoarthritis'. In 2011 she successfully gained an Arthritis Research UK 5 year Career Development Fellowship to continue her work in osteoarthritis, and became Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation in 2013. In 2016 Nicki was appointed as Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation and Musculoskeletal Health, a joint appointment between UWE Bristol and Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative. Her current role supports the co-creation of clinically informed, relevant research; evidence informed commissioning; and the integration of research evidence into clinical practice.

Cost: Free
Contact: Emma C Jefferies
E-mail: emma.jefferies@uwe.ac.uk

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