Dr Sue Hunter

Title: Deputy Head of School
Research Lead (SHAR)
Phone: + 44 (0)1782 733809
Email: s.m.hunter@keele.ac.uk
Location: MAC - 1.26
Role: Deputy Head of School
Research Lead (SHAR)
Senior Lecturer
Contacting me: Email
Hunter Sue

I qualified from Withington Hospital School of Physiotherapy, Manchester. I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and Registered Physiotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). After working in the NHS for 14 years, specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation and Stroke, I took up one of the first Lecturer/Practitioner posts in Physiotherapy at Keele, which involved working as a clinical specialist in stroke in the NHS and a lecturer at Keele University. I subsequently gained a full-time Research Fellowship from Research into Ageing and completed my PhD at in the School of Postgraduate Medicine at Keele University in 2004 with a thesis entitled ‘Definition and effects of physical therapy treatment for sensorimotor dysfunction in the hemiplegic upper limb after stroke”. In 2003, I took up a post as full-time Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010. I am a Fellow of the Health Education Accademy (FHEA), the Council for AHP Research (CAHPHR) Regional Hub Lead (Keele), founder and chair of the Special Interest Group for Neurological Therapists (SIGNeT), member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN), and member of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR).

My research interests are around a) evaluating complex therapeutic interventions for neurological patients, with a particular emphasis on interventions for the hemiplegic upper limb and its recovery; and b) life after stroke and the psychosocial effects of upper limb dysfunction.I supervise PhD students researching those areas and other areas of applied clinical neurological rehabilitation with other populations including Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis, Trauma / Traumatic Brain Injury.

I have a particular interest in the role of somatosensory stimulation and retraining of proprioception and touch post stroke. I lead a research group of UG and MSc students, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers. I have developed ongoing collaborations with researchers at other UK Universities and with clinical partners, and welcome potential collaborations from other like-minded researchers and enquiries from PhD students in such topics as outlined here. I have received funding for my research from Research into Ageing, the Stroke Association, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Selected Publications

  • Pomeroy VM, Hunter SM, Johansen-Berg H, Ward NS, Kennedy N, Chandler E, Weir CJ, Rothwell J, Wing A, Grey M, Barton G, Leavey N. 2018. Functional strength training versus movement performance therapy for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: a RCT. Efficacy and mechanism evaluation, vol. 5(3). doi>
  • Hunter SM, Johansen-Berg H, Ward N, Kennedy N, Chandler E, Weir C, Rothwell J, Wing A, Grey M, Barton G, Leavey N, Havis C, Lemon R, Burridge J, Dymond A, Pomeroy VM. 2018. Functional Strength Training and Movement Performance Therapy for upper limb recovery early post-stroke – efficacy, neural correlates, predictive markers and cost-effectiveness: FAST-INdiCATE trial. Frontiers in Neurology. doi> full text>
  • van Vliet P, Hunter SM, Donaldson C, Pomeroy V. Using the TIDieR Checklist to Standardize the Description of a Functional Strength Training Intervention for the Upper Limb After Stroke. J Neurol Phys Ther, vol. 40(3), 203-208. link> doi> full text>
  • Aries AM and Hunter S. 2014. Optimising rehabilitation potential after stroke: a 24 hour interdisciplinary approach. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, vol. 10(6). doi> link>
  • Pomeroy VM, Ward NS, Johansen-Berg H, van Vliet P, Burridge J, Hunter SM, Lemon RN, Rothwell J, Weir CJ, Wing A, Walker AA, Kennedy N, Barton G, Greenwood RJ, McConnachie A, FAST INdICATE Investigators. 2014. FAST INdiCATE Trial protocol. Clinical efficacy of functional strength training for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: neural correlates and prognostic indicators. Int J Stroke, vol. 9(2), 240-245. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications List show

Journal Articles

  • Pomeroy VM, Hunter SM, Johansen-Berg H, Ward NS, Kennedy N, Chandler E, Weir CJ, Rothwell J, Wing A, Grey M, Barton G, Leavey N. 2018. Functional strength training versus movement performance therapy for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: a RCT. Efficacy and mechanism evaluation, vol. 5(3). doi>
  • Hunter SM, Johansen-Berg H, Ward N, Kennedy N, Chandler E, Weir C, Rothwell J, Wing A, Grey M, Barton G, Leavey N, Havis C, Lemon R, Burridge J, Dymond A, Pomeroy VM. 2018. Functional Strength Training and Movement Performance Therapy for upper limb recovery early post-stroke – efficacy, neural correlates, predictive markers and cost-effectiveness: FAST-INdiCATE trial. Frontiers in Neurology. doi> full text>
  • van Vliet P, Hunter SM, Donaldson C, Pomeroy V. Using the TIDieR Checklist to Standardize the Description of a Functional Strength Training Intervention for the Upper Limb After Stroke. J Neurol Phys Ther, vol. 40(3), 203-208. link> doi> full text>
  • Szkornik L, Beardmore R, Boylan J, Hider S, Hunter SM, Montana-Williams K, Morgan C, Sherman S, Watts J. 2015. The Aurora Women's Leadership Programme: reflections from the inaugural Keele cohort. Journal of Academic Development and Education, vol. 3, 54-57.
  • Aries AM and Hunter S. 2014. Optimising rehabilitation potential after stroke: a 24 hour interdisciplinary approach. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, vol. 10(6). doi> link>
  • Pomeroy VM, Ward NS, Johansen-Berg H, van Vliet P, Burridge J, Hunter SM, Lemon RN, Rothwell J, Weir CJ, Wing A, Walker AA, Kennedy N, Barton G, Greenwood RJ, McConnachie A, FAST INdICATE Investigators. 2014. FAST INdiCATE Trial protocol. Clinical efficacy of functional strength training for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: neural correlates and prognostic indicators. Int J Stroke, vol. 9(2), 240-245. link> doi> full text>
  • Winter J, Hunter SM, Sim J, Crome P. 2012. Hands-on therapy interventions for upper limb motor dysfunction after stroke. Stroke, vol. 43, e1-e2. doi>
  • Hunter SM, Hammett L, Ball S, Smith N, Anderson C, Clark A, Tallis R, Rudd A, Pomeroy VM. 2011. Dose-response study of mobilisation and tactile stimulation therapy for the upper extremity early after stroke: a phase I trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, vol. 25(4), 314-322. doi>
  • Hunter SM, Crome P, Sim J, Pomeroy VM. 2008. Effects of mobilization and tactile stimulation on recovery of the hemiplegic upper limb: a series of replicated single-system studies. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, vol. 89(10), 2003-2010. link> doi>
  • Winter J, Hunter S, Sim J, Crome P. 2011. Hands-on therapy interventions for upper limb motor dysfunction following stroke. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, CD006609. link> doi>
  • Hunter SM, Crome P, Sim J, Donaldson, C, Pomeroy, VM. 2006. Development of treatment schedules for research: a structured review to identify methodologies used and a worked example of 'mobilisation and tactile simulation' for stroke patients. Physiotherapy, vol. 92(4), 195-207. doi>
  • STEVENSON K, CHADWICK AV, HUNTER SM. 2004. A national survey of lecturer-practitioners in physiotherapy. Physiotherapy, vol. 90(3), 139-144. doi>
  • Hunter SM, Crome P, Wing AM, Pomeroy V. 2002. Dexterity and automatic grip responses following stroke. Age and Ageing, vol. 31(suppl 2), 51.
  • Hunter SM, Crome P, Pomeroy V, Wing AM. 2002. Dexterity, prehension and age. Age and Ageing, vol. 31(suppl 2), 55.
  • Hunter SM and Crome P. 2002. Hand Function and Stroke. Reveiws in Clinical Gerontology, 68-81. doi>
  • Garbutt S. 2002. The effects of retraining hand sensation on the recovery of upper limb function after stroke. Ageing and Health.
  • Hunter SM, Jarvis K, Reid G, Edelstyn N. Development of a Treatment Schedule of Upper Limb Interventions Employed by Neurological Occupational Therapists working with Stroke Survivors. doi>
  • Quintero IV and Hunter SM. Development, validation and intra-rater reliability of an interdisciplinary upper-limb recording tool.
  • Winter J, CROME P, Sim J, Hunter SM. Effects of Mobilization and Tactile Stimulation (MTS) on chronic upper limb sensorimotor dysfunction following stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. doi>
  • Hunter SM, Johansen-Berg H, Ward N, Kennedy NC, Chandler E, Weir CJ, Rothwell J, Wing AM, Grey MJ, Barton G, Leavey NM, Havis C, Lemon RN, Burridge J, Dymond A, Pomeroy VM. 2017. Functional Strength Training and Movement Performance Therapy for Upper Limb Recovery Early Poststroke-Efficacy, Neural Correlates, Predictive Markers, and Cost-Effectiveness: FAST-INdiCATE Trial. Front Neurol, vol. 8, 733. link> doi>
  • Hunter SM. Intensive somatosensory stimulation to improve upper limb recovery and reduce unilateral neglect after stroke. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. full text>

Other

  • Jarvis K, Hunter SM, Edelstyn N. 2017. Implementing a complex interventions: A mixed methods study of constraint induced movement therapy. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (vol. 24, pp. 166-167).
  • Aries A, Pomeroy V, Hunter SM. 2017. Developing physical therapy protocols for the lower limb post stroke utilising a modified Nominal Group Technique (mNGT). International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (vol. 24, pp. 164-165). Mark Allen Publishing Ltd..
  • Aries A and Hunter S. 2016. Characterising physical therapy for the lower limb post stroke: A modified Nominal Group Technique (mNGT). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (vol. 11, pp. S59-S60). link>
  • Hunter SM. 2016. Effects of stroke on sensorimotor function in the upper limbs following stroke. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 11, p. 55).
  • Hunter SM. 2016. Response to Mobilisation and Tactile Stimulation (MTS) applied to the hemiplegic left upper limb in a stroke survivor with unilateral hemineglect. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 11, p. 53).
  • Purton J, Hunter S, Sim J. 2015. A longitudinal exploration of stroke survivors' experiences of upper limb dysfunction. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (vol. 10, p. 21). link> full text>
  • Aries A and Hunter S. 2014. A vital part of the jig-saw - The value of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) to inform research. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (vol. 9, p. 19). link>
  • Lee N, Aries A, Hunter S. 2014. The long-term needs of stroke survivors: A systematic review. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (vol. 9, p. 42). link>
  • Jarvis K, Reid G, Edelstyn N, Hunter SM. 2014. Therapists’ perceptions of implementing constraint induced movement therapy: the enablers and barriers. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 9, p. 48). Blackwell.
  • Trofimowicz S and Hunter SM. 2014. Barriers to returning to work after stroke: a systematic review. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 9 (suppl 4), p. 47). Blackwell.
  • Hunter SM and Venizelou E. 2013. Conventional physical therapy to promote upper limb sensorimotor recovery after stroke: a Cypriot perspective. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 8 (suppl 3), p. 13). Blackwell.
  • Jarvis KA, Hunter SM, Edelstyn NMJ. 2013. Facilitators and barriers to undertaking a Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) protocol in sub-acute stroke: a synthesis of the literature. CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES (vol. 35, p. 217). link>
  • Jarvis KA, Reid GA, Edelstyn NMJ, Hunter SM. 2012. A treatment schedule to record current occupational therapy to treat the upper limb after stroke: a consensus development study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (vol. 7, p. 19). link>
  • Hunter SM and Winter JM. 2012. Patterns and latency of recovery in the upper limb post-stroke: a series of single system studies following intensive distal-focused therapy. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (vol. 7, p. 21). link>
  • Quintero I and Hunter SM. 2012. Upper limb treatment is a team affair: a non-participant intervention study describing upper limb interventions provided by a team of health care professionals in a case of severe stroke. Cerebrovascular Diseases (vol. 33 (suppl 2), p. 475). S. Karger AG.
  • Purton J, Perry N, Thompson G, Hunter SM. 2010. The upper limb after stroke: a focus group to explore areas of importance to stroke survivors. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 5 (suppl 3), p. 57). Blackwell.
  • Hunter SM, Hall E, O'Mara M, Statham J, Roffe C. 2010. Early supported discharge for stroke: activity of a specialised and co-ordinated rehabilitation service in a 6 month period. Cerebrovascular Diseases (vol. 29, p. 330).
  • HUNTER S. 2010. Evaluation of acute stroke workshops in the West Midlands.
  • Hunter SM and Read SC. 2010. Loss after stroke: survivor and carer perceptions and long-term support needs. A proposed study. Cerebrovascular Diseases (vol. 29, p. 335).
  • Hunter SM, Hall E, O'Mara M, Statham J, Roffe C. 2010. Providing acute stroke rehabilitation in the home: views from a stroke early supported discharge team. Cerebrovascular Diseases (vol. 29, pp. 336-337).
  • Hunter SM, Jackson M, Read SC. 2010. Stories of loss: a stroke survivor perspective. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 5, p. 26).
  • Winter JM, Crome P, Hunter SM, Sim J. 2009. Chronic upper limb sensorimotor dysfunction following stroke: its perceived impact on social participation and re-integration. Cerebrovascular Diseases (p. 213).
  • Hunter SM, Beech R, Crome P, Hall E, O'Mara M, Roffe C, Rushton J, Statham J. 2009. Early supported discharge after stroke: evaluation of a new service in North Staffordshire. Cerebrovascular Diseases (vol. 27, p. 236).
  • HUNTER S. 2009. Early supported discharge for stroke: an evaluation of a pilot service.
  • Hammett L, Hunter SM, Anderson C, Smith N, Ball S, Tallis R, Clark A. 2009. Mobilisation and Tactile Stimulation (MTS) therapy to enhance upper limb recovery after stroke. Phase I investigation of acceptable dose, and efficacy. Cerebrovascular Diseases (vol. 27, pp. 208-209).
  • Hunter SM, Beech R, Crome P, Hall E, O'Mara M, Roffe C, Rushton J, Statham J. 2009. Patient and carer views of and satisfaction with a Stroke Early Supported Discharge (SESD) service. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 4, p. 25).
  • Hunter SM, Beech R, Crome P, Hall E, O'Mara M, Roffe C, Rushton J, Statham J. 2009. Reduced length of stay and saved bed days following introduction of a Stroke Early Supported Discharge (SESD) service. International Journal of Stroke (vol. 4, p. 25).
  • Winter JM, Hunter SM, Sim J, Crome P. 2009. The effects of mobilization and tactile stimulation (MTS) on chronic upper limb sensorimotor dysfunction following stroke. Cerebrovascular Diseases (p. 215). doi>
  • Hunter SM, Crome P, Sim J, Pomeroy VM. 2003. Describing current hands-on therapy for the hemiplegic upper limb. Clinical Rehabilitation (vol. 17, p. 576).
  • Hunter SM, Crome P, Sim J, Pomeroy V. 2003. Development of a comprehensive description of hands on therapy for the hemiplegic upper limb and treatment schedule to record individual treatments. Cerebrovascular Diseases.
  • Hunter SM, Crome P, Wing AM, Pomerory V. 2002. Dexterity and automatic grip responses following stroke. Age and Ageing.
  • Hunter SM, Crome P, Wing AM, Pomerory V. 2002. Dexterity, prehension and age. Age and Ageing.
  • Purton J, Hunter SM, Sim J. Hopes and expectations for recovery of the upper limb: a qualitative study of stroke survivors' experiences (Poster Presentation). http://www.csp.org.uk/news-events/physiotherapy-uk-conference/presentations-physiotherapy-uk-2015.
  • Aries AM, Pomeroy V, Sim J, Read S, Hunter S. MoTaStim-Foot, a Randomized, Single-blinded, Mixed-methods, Feasibility Study Exploring Sensory Stimulation of the Foot and Ankle Early Post-stroke. Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. SAGE journals.
  • Aries AM, Pomeroy V, Sim J, Read S, Hunter S. Sensory stimulation of the foot and ankle early post-stroke: A feasibility study (MoTaStim – Foot). International Journal of Stroke. SAGE Publications. full text>
  • Purton J, Hunter SM, Sim J. Therapy for the upper limb after stroke: a longitudinal, phenomenological study of the experiences and perceptions of stroke survivors.

I teach across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Health and Rehabilitation and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate taught (PGT) student projects as well as postgraduate research (PGR) students. My teaching focus is neurology and neurological rehabilitation. I am on the CSP register for approved external examiners, have been an external examiner for PGR students in other universities in the UK and South Africa. I have supervised 3 PGR students to completion, and currently supervise 5 further PGR students at Keele.