Helen Richmond

BSc, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2007, I worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in various NHS outpatient departments before taking a post as a research physiotherapist at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. This post involved working across of a range of clinical trials in Trauma and Orthopaedics which fuelled my passion in clinical research. Pursuing this interest, I won a national award to study a Masters in Research Methods in Health Sciences at the University of Warwick. On completion of this in 2010, I subsequently won a competitive three year PhD fellowship funded by the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (grant income: £112,669.44).

My PhD (completed 2014) investigated the transition of research into clinical practice with a specific focus on the Back Skills Training intervention (BeST), a group cognitive behavioural treatment for persistent low back pain. Specifically, this involved producing a comprehensive online training programme as a scalable strategy for providing health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and resources to implement the BeST intervention. I used mixed methodology to explore the potential efficacy and acceptability of the online training programme. The evaluation identified a number of barriers to the implementation of BeST that ranged from attributes of the individual health provider, through to organisational factors and the adaptability of the BeST intervention itself.

I now work as a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford. This position builds on work from my PhD and is focused on the implementation of the BeST intervention in line with the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Oxford. I am particularly interested in the development and implementation of complex interventions in the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation, in interventions pertaining to behaviour change, and in the use of mixed methods.