Clinical Innovation Research Theme

Our vision is to lead innovative clinical research and education to inform the current challenges in clinical practice. We aim to do this by working with those affected with illness, health care practitioners as well as a range of disciplines from sports and exercise science, nutrition, health psychology, pharmacy and bio engineering. Our work is by its nature novel and interdisciplinary and not disease specific. 

Research interests

Clinical innovation is essential for efficacy and efficiency of future health and social care. Several challenges are being addressed as part of the theme to improve health outcomes. First challenge is the rise in multi-morbidity and the need to improve complex care across specialist disease boundaries particularly for those with long-term conditions and mental health problems. Secondly improving fitness, nutrition and function in those who are recovering from illness. Thirdly, improving practice through clinical simulation, novel interventions and education so that we develop future health care practitioners that can address problems early and change long-term patient outcomes. We wish to collaborate and have ideas that are worth sharing.

The School of Health Sciences is a member of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network.

Research areas

  • Multi-morbidity and the interface between physical and mental health (Elizabeth Barley)
  • Developing and trialling physical and functional health assessment that can be conducted in non-clinical settings (True NTH project)
  • Human factors and quality
  • Binocular vision and orthoptics (Marianne Coleman)
  • Non-medical prescribing (Nicola Carey)
  • Innovative methods for using simulation in primary care education (Simon Bettles)
  • Data driven digital decision-making tools (Sherloc)
  • Identifying comorbidities through data linkage studies (Agnieszka Lemanska)
  • Adherence and medicines management (Anne Arber)

Research methodologies

  • Participant co-design
  • Complex interventions research
  • Data linkage and cluster analysis


  • National Physical laboratory (NPL)
  • Lloyds Pharmacy PLC
  • Rowlands Pharmacy
  • NHS partners, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health Partners
  • NIHR primary care network
  • Oregon Health and Science University, USA 

Areas of interest for doctoral study

The Clinical Innovation theme welcomes approaches from people wishing to undertake PhD study here with us.

We particularly welcome enquiries in the following areas:

  • Data linkage studies to address health problems
  • Multimorbidity research
  • Studies addressing physical and functional health or recovery interventions
  • Mental health in those with long term conditions
  • Pedagogical research on simulation to enhance practice education

Please contact Freda Mold ( and Debbie Cooke ( our Health Sciences, Postgraduate Research Directors if you are considering PhD study.

Recent publications

Callwood, A., Jeevaratnam, K., Kotronoulas, G., Schneider, A., Lewis, L., Devi Nadarajah, 2018. V. Personal domains assessed in multiple mini interviews (MMIs) for healthcare student selection: A narrative synthesis systematic review. Nurse Edu Today Jan 31; 64:56-64 doi:10.1016/

Callwood, A., Cooke, D., Bolger, S., Lemanska, A., Allan H. 2018. The reliability and validity of multiple mini interviews (MMIs) in values based recruitment to nursing, midwifery and paramedic practice programmes: Findings from an evaluation study. Int J Nurs Stud Jan, 77. 138-144 doi:10.1016/j.ijnstu.2017.10.003

Callwood, A., Bolger, S., Allan, H.2018.Exploring the ‘values journey’ of student nurses who have been recruited using values-based approaches. J Adv Nurs. 00:1-11 doi: 10.1111/jan.13514

Lemanska Agnieszka, Poole Karen, Aning Jonathan J., Griffin Bruce A., Manders Ralph, Saxton John M., Wainwright Joe, Faithfull Sara (2019) The Siconolfi step test: a valid and reliable assessment of cardiopulmonary fitness in older men with prostate cancer, European Review of Aging and Physical Activity 16 (1) pp. 1-10 BMC

DOI: 10.1186/s11556-018-0207-9

Faithfull Sara, Turner Lauren, Poole Karen, Joy Mark, Manders Ralph, Weprin Jennifer, Winters-Stone Kerri, Saxton John (2019) Prehabilitation for adults diagnosed with cancer: A systematic review of long-term physical function, nutrition and patient-reported outcomes, European Journal of Cancer Care e13023 pp. 1-22 Wiley

DOI: 10.1111/ecc.13023

Lemanska Agnieszka, Dearnaley David, Sydes Matthew R, Faithfull Sara (2018) Older age, early symptoms and physical function are associated with the severity of late symptom clusters for men undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer, Clinical Oncology 30 (6) pp. 334-345 Elsevier

DOI: 10.1016/j.clon.2018.01.016

Lamontagne-Godwin F., Burgess C., Clement S., Gasston-Hales M., Greene C., Manyande A., Taylor D., Walters P., Barley E. (2018) Interventions to increase access to or uptake of physical health screening in people with severe mental illness: A realist review, BMJ Open 8 (2) e019412 BMJ Publishing Group

Prothero Louise, Barley Elizabeth, Galloway James, Georgopoulou Sofia, Sturt Jackie (2018) The evidence base for psychological interventions for rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review of reviews, International Journal of Nursing Studies 82 pp. 20-29 Elsevier

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.008

Lee Jeong Su, Lempp Heidi, Srivastava Vivek, Barley Elizabeth (2018) Reasons for Accident and Emergency department attendance by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure: Recipients and providers' perspectives. An exploratory study, BMJ Open Respiratory Research 5 (1) BMJ Publishing Group

DOI: 10.1136/bmjresp-2017-000244

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