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I graduated from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) in 2012 with a degree in physiotherapy. After a short period of work in private practice I was awarded EU funding to do a research internship at the University of Southampton. 

Following my interest in combining clinical practice and research, I completed a clinical-academic PhD in 2020. My PhD research focused on physical activity for people living with dementia (at the University of Southampton) which I did alongside working as a physiotherapist in an in-patient Older Person's Mental Health unit (St James' hospital - Solent NHS trust).

Since completing my PhD, I continued to work clinically, now as a rotational physiotherapist at Worthing hospital, where I also deliver clinical research alongside other research-active clinicians. More recently I also joined the University of Portsmouth as a physiotherapy lecturer, which has enabled me to use my clinical and research experience to teach future physiotherapists.


Research Interests

I am interested in research about rehabilitation, particularly in elderly care, that can be directly applied to clinical practice.

I am currently doing research about the use of mobility scores to predict care and discharge planning of people living with dementia in a acute hospital. This is part the springboard award by the NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex. I am also supporting colleagues using technology to support rehabilitation in several population groups, including older people following hip fractures and intensive care survivors.

My current research interests include:

  • mobility and physical activity levels in acute hospitals
  • falls prevention and rehabilitation after falls
  • physical activity for people living with dementia
  • use of technology in rehabilitation
  • intensive care survival and rehabilitation
  • outcome measurement
  • patient and public involvement and engagement

Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to teaching across the pre-registration MSc in physiotherapy at the university of Portsmouth. I am the module co-ordinator for "Professional principles and clinical management" and "Complex cases in physiotherapy".  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

BSc, Physiotherapy, University of Aveiro

Jun 2008Sept 2008

Award Date: 29 Jun 2012

External positions

Physiotherapist, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

28 Jan 2019 → …


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