Dr Lisa Newington BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
I studied MSc Physiotherapy at King’s College London from 2004-2006, working as a Physiotherapist in the NHS on graduating. I soon specialised in Hand Therapy and became involved in the British Association of Hand Therapists; I am currently Chair of their Clinical Evidence Committee. I still work clinically one day a month at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2012 I was awarded a one-year BRC Allied Health Professional Research Training Fellowship, with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, where I developed a qualitative research project to explore researchers’ and clinicians’ views of recruiting to clinical research.
I have been involved with the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre since 2014 when I was awarded an NIHR/HEE Wessex Allied Health Professional Research Internship. Together with my supervisors, Dr Karen Walker-Bone (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre), Prof Jo Adams (Faculty of Health Sciences) and Prof David Warwick (University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust), I developed a programme of research to investigate return to work after carpal tunnel release. In 2015 I won an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to complete this research as part of the Centre of Musculoskeletal Health and Work. I started my PhD in January 2016 and will explore the advice currently provided by clinicians concerning return to work after carpal tunnel release; when and how patients return to work post-operatively; and whether earlier return to work is associated with poorer outcomes. This information will be used to develop evidence-based practice guidelines.