Position on appointment: Research Physiotherapist
University of Warwick/University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
When appointed, Rebecca Kearney was working within the Warwick Orthopaedic research group, part of Warwick Medical School, a collaboration between the academic and clinical department at The University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Within this role, Rebecca worked as a member of a research team to answer questions on the clinical effectiveness of orthopaedic surgery. She completed an MSc in trauma and orthopaedic surgery and gained an Arthritis Research Campaign AHP fellowship, to complete a part-time PhD in the area of Achilles tendon rupture rehabilitation.
Rebecca's project was developed in response to 2009 NICE guidance on the use of autologous blood injection for tendinopathy. NICE concluded that evidence on the safety and efficacy of autologous blood injection for tendinopathy was inadequate in quantity and quality. Working within a specialised NHS clinic for tendon pathologies, combined with the academic expertise of the Warwick orthopaedics research group, Rebecca responded to these NICE recommendations by carrying out a pilot randomised controlled trial to answer the question ‘is there a difference in patient reported functional outcome scores (VISA-A scores) and complications at six months between patients managed with autologous blood injection and patients managed with an eccentric loading programme?' This work was also supported by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Where are they now?
As a NICE Scholar, Rebecca Kearney engaged with the guideline development groups, interventional procedures and technology appraisal committees. Rebecca's project has since been published on the NICE shared learning database and presented at a national physiotherapy conference. It is currently being submitted to funders for consideration of a full trial in this important area. These professional development activities also contributed to the successful completion of Rebecca's PhD on Achilles tendon rupture rehabilitation.
This page was last updated: 03 January 2013