Cherry Kilbride

Dr Cherry Kilbride

Senior Lecturer and Department Director (Research) - Physiotherapy

Room: Mary Seacole Building 3/43
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 268675

About Cherry

Academic qualifications



Cherry lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the Physiotherapy Division and supervises MSc and PhD students. Cherry is an experienced neurological physiotherapist with a special interest in stroke and is an active researcher in this field. She is the lead national physiotherapist on the Intercollegiate Stroke Work Party at the Royal College of Physicians London which produces the National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke and runs a number of stroke audit programmes including the National Sentinel Stroke Audit.Cherry also works at the Royal Tree London NHS Trust where she is the lead Allied health professional for research and practice development. 


Committee responsibilities

  • Department Dircetor (research) 
  • Elected member of Senate
  • Operational Co-lead for centre for resaecrh in rehabilitation 

Admin responsibilities

Module leader for MSc Neurorehabilitation (Clinical Applications)

Other responsibilities

Personal tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students, Clinical visiting

Teaching responsibilities

  • Anatomy, neurology and rehabilitation

PhD supervision

Ongoing PhD supervision five students

Teaching / Supervision

Teaching interest

Stroke, neurorehabilitation, evidence based practice, evaluation of clinical interventions in neurology, ataxia


Research interests

Stroke, ataxia, evaluating clinical practice, guideline development, mixed methods, action research

Research centres

Research projects and grants

  • Torbay Care Trust/ NHS Devon: Care for the Arm after Stroke (CAST) - 845k (ongoing)
  • NHS London Research Innovation Fund: Exploring and innovating the use of the Nintendo Wii in physiotherapy - £75K
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology & Specialist Section Neurological Practice College of Occupational Therapy: Developing splinting guidelines for adults with neurological dysfunction – £20k (ongoing)
  • London Borough of Hillingdon (National Stroke Strategy):  Evaluating Physical Training after Stroke in a Leisure Centre setting - £12K (ongoing)
  • NIHR/SRN Identity post stroke – £2,500 (ongoing)
  • Brunel University London Research Seminar Series Award £2,500 (complete)
  • Brunel University London Research Seminar Series Award £2,500 (complete)
  • Special Trustees of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust London NW3 2QG. Managing Multi-professional Stroke Care £60K (complete)
  • North Central London Workforce Confederation. Evaluating the role of an expert respiratory physiotherapy practitioner in building and sustaining local capacity £50K (complete)


Membership and affiliation

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Health Professions Council
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (past national Chair)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation
  • Lead national physiotherapist on Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party at Royal College of Physicians
  • London Hub Research Facilitator Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR)
  • Founding member of International Neurology Physical Therapy Association (June 2007)

Other external activities

Journal Peer Review

  • Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Research International
  • Educational Action Research
  • Journal of Interprofessional Care
  • Ageing & Society
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • BMC Health Servoicesd Research

Grant reviewer

  • The Stroke Association
  • NIHR


Journal Papers

(2014)  Tsekleves, E. , Paraskevopoulos, IT. , Warland, A.  and Kilbride, C. , Development and preliminary evaluation of a novel low cost VR-based upper limb stroke rehabilitation platform using Wii technology., Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol 1- 10 Download publication

(2013)  Norris, M. , Kilbride, C. , Mohagheghi, A.  and Victor, C. , Exercise instructor-led functional training programme for community dwelling stroke survivors: A qualitative study, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 20 (12)  : 597- 605

(2013)  Kilbride, C. , Norris, M. , Theis, N.  and Mohagheghi, AA. , Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury (ARNI): A pragmatic study of functional training for stroke survivors, Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 1 (2)  : 40- 51 Download publication

(2013)  Poltawski, L. , Abraham, C. , Forster, A. , Goodwin, VA. , et al. , Synthesising practice guidelines for the development of community-based exercise programmes after stroke, Implementation Science 8 115- 115 Download publication

(2013)  Tempest, S. , Harries, P. , Kilbride, C.  and De Souza, L. , Enhanced clarity and holism: The outcome of implementing the ICF with an acute stroke multidisciplinary team in England, Disability and Rehabilitation 35 (22)  : 1921- 1925 Download publication

(2013)  Kilbride, C. , Hoffman, K. , Baird, T. , Tuckey, J. , et al. , Contemporary splinting practice in the UK for adults with neurological dysfunction: A cross-sectional survey, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 20 (11)  : 559- 566 Download publication

(2012)  Harries, P. , Weale, C.  and Kilbride, C. , Changes to the Blue Badge scheme: equity for service users - employment opportunities for therapists., British Journal of Occupational Therapy 75 (9)  : 395-

(2012)  Tempest, S. , Harries, P. , Kilbride, C.  and DeSouza, L. , To adopt is to adapt: The process of implementing the ICF with an acute stroke multidisciplinary team in England, Disability and Rehabilitation 34 (20)  : 1686- 1694 Download publication

(2011)  Kilbride, C. , Allison, R.  and Evans, PH. , What do stroke survivors think about evidence based care they receive? Learning from insights at the "periphery", International Journal of Person Centered Medicine 1 (2)  : 254- 259 Download publication

(2011)  Tskeleves, E. , Skordoulis, D. , Paraskevopoulos, I.  and Kilbride, C. , Wii your health: A low-cost wireless system for home rehabilitation after stroke using Wii remotes with its expansions and blender, Biomedical Engineering 723058

(2011)  Kilbride, C. , Perry, L. , Flatlety, M. , Turner, E.  and Meyer, JM. , Developing theory and practice: Creation of a community of practice through action research produced excellence in stroke care, Journal of Interprofessional Care 25 (2)  : 91- 97 Download publication

(2010)  Crow, J.  and Kilbride, C. , Exploring the concerns and unmet needs of community dwelling stroke survivors: Informing the 6 month review process, International Journal of Stroke 5 (Supplement 3)  : 31- 31

(2009)  Meyer, JM. , Noble, H. , Kilbride, CB. , Holman, C.  and Bridges, J. , Doing qualitative research as a practitioner: Processes, issues and challenges, Malaysian Journal of Qualitative Research 2 (2)  : 36- 55

(2008)  Allison, R. , Evans, PH. , Kilbride, C.  and Campbell, JL. , Secondary prevention of stroke: Using the experiences of patients and carers to inform the development of an educational resource, Family Practice 25 (5)  : 355- 361 Download publication

(2005)  Kilbride, C. , Flatley, M. , Meyer, J.  and Perry, L. , Stroke units: The implementation of a complex intervention, Educational Action Research 13 (4)  : 479- 504 Download publication

Conference Papers

(2012)  Norris, M. , Kilbride, C. , Victor, C.  and Jones, F. , The use of self-management in stroke survivors from ethnic minorities: a mixed methods study, UK Stroke Forum, International Journal of Stroke

(2012)  Kilbride, C. , Norris M.  and Mohagheghi, AA. , Exploring the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of a community-based functional training programme (ARNI) for stroke survivors: a pragmatic mixed-methods study, UK Stroke Forum, International Journal of Stroke

(2012)  Warland A. , Kilbride C. , Tsekleves E. , Skordoulis D.  and Paraskevopoulos I. , ReWiiRe (Research in Wii Rehabilitation): User involvement in the development of a customised system for upper limb stroke rehabilitation, UK Stroke Forum, International Journal of Stroke

(2012)  Allison, R. , Bailey C. , Kilbride C. , Frampton I. , et al. , Care of the Arm after Stroke (CAST): Developing a systematic battery of assessments for measuring impairment and disability in the non-functional arm, UK Stroke Forum, International Journal of Stroke

(2012)  Mohagheghi, A. , Theis, N. , Norris, M.  and Kilbride, C. , ARNI Training may affect levels of Activity and Participation in stroke survivors., Motor Control

(2012)  Tsekleves, E. , Skordoulis, D. , Paraskevopoulos, I. , Kilbride, C.  and Warland, A. , Personalised stroke rehabilitation intervention using open source 3D software and the Wii Remote Plus, 9th International Conference Series on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies

(2012)  Goodwin, V. , Poltawski, L. , Kilbride, C. , Abraham, C. , et al. , Exercise for stroke survivors, World Congress on Active Ageing 2012

(2012)  Kilbride, C. , Driving improvement in Stroke Care through National Guidelines and Audit (key note speaker)., Saudi Arabian National Physiotherapy Conference


(2011)  Kilbride, C. , Norris, M.  and Mohagheghi, A. , Multi-age Group for Functional Training Post Stroke: A Feasibility Study, British Society of Gerontology

(2011)  Tsekleves, E. , Skordoulis, D. , Paraskevopoulos, I.  and Kilbride, C. , Wii your health: A low-cost wireless system for home rehabilitation after stroke using Wii remotes with its expansions and blender, BioMed 2011

(2010)  Kilbride, C. , Stroke: Future Directions (keynote speaker), Smart Strokes Australia National Conference

(2008)  Kilbride, C. , Knowing what and knowing how: Creation of a community of practice for excellence in stroke care through Action Research, 14th Qualitative Health Research Conference

(2007)  Kilbride, CB. , Stroke Units: Learning from the implementation of a complex intervention using Action Research, 15th World Congress of Physical Therapy

(2005)  Kilbride, CB. , Stroke units: The implementation of a complex intervention, International Practitioner Research Conference & Collaborative Action Research Network Conference

(2005)  Kilbride, C. , Action for stroke, 1st International Allied Health Professionals Conference

Book Chapters

(2011)  Kilbride, C.  and Cassidy, E. , Physical management of altered tone and movement. In: Stokes, M.  and Stack, E.  eds. Physical Management for Neurological Conditions. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier 289- 318

(2010)  Kilbride, CB.  and Kneafsey, R. , Management of physical impairments post-stroke. In: Perry, L. , Watkins, CL.  and Williams, JE.  eds. Acute Stroke Nursing: Evidence Informed Practice. Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell 152- 183

(2009)  Cassidy, E. , Kilbride, CB.  and Holland, A. , Therapies: Physiotherapy. In: Management of the Ataxias: towards best Clinical Practice. Ataxia UK 32- 38


(2012)  Kilbride, C. , National clinical guideline for stroke. Royal College of Physicians

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