I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1993 (Leeds) and worked in the NHS for several years specialising in neurology and specifically stroke rehabilitation. My last clinical post held was as a stroke clinical specialist at St Mary’s hospital, London. I have also worked for a number of years in India and Indonesia in both disaster and development projects related to disability and rehabilitation. My MSc in Medical Anthropology was completed in 2002 (London) and PhD in 2009. My PhD topic brought together the fields of stroke, rehabilitation and anthropology by exploring the experience and health seeking behaviour following stroke in Aceh, Indonesia.
PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCert (LTHE)
- Staff and student liaison committee
- Year 3 lead
- Module leader Research Proposal
- Module leader Rehabilitation II
- Academic skills liaison
- Erasmus link tutor
- Partnership working lead on mobilisation plan with NHSL
- Reviewer College Ethics Committee
Reviewer for Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party for the preparation of National clinical guidelines for stroke.
Reviewer for grant applications for The Stroke Association and Ataxia UK
Neurology, rehabilitation and research
Newest selected publications
Stennett, A., Norris, M. and Desouza, L. (2018) 'The meaning of exercise and physical activity in community dwelling people with Multiple Sclerosis'. Disability and Rehabilitation. pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 0963-8288 Open Access Link
Dean, SG., Poltawski, L., Forster, A., Taylor, RS., Spencer, A., James, M., (2018) 'Community-based rehabilitation training after stroke: Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain) investigating acceptability and feasibility'. BMJ Open, 8 (2). pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0959-8138 Open Access Linket al.
Ryan, J., Fortune, J., Stennett, A., Kilbride, C., Anokye, N., Victor, C., (2017) 'Changing physical activity behaviour for people with multiple sclerosis: protocol of a randomised controlled feasibility trial (iStep-MS)'. BMJ Open, 7 (11). pp. e018875. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Linket al.
Desouza, LH., Stennett, A. and Norris, M. (2017) '"Physical activity and exercise priorities in community dwelling people with Multiple Sclerosis: a Delphi Study"'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40 (14). pp. 1686 - 1693. ISSN: 0963-8288 Open Access Link
Dean, S., Poltawski, L., Forster, A., Taylor, R., Spencer, A., James, M., (2016) 'Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: protocol of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain)'. BMJ Open, 6 (10). pp. e012375 - e012375. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Linket al.