Biography

Victoria is an academic GP, working in clinical practice and at Keele University. Victoria completed the first Academic Foundation Year 2 rotation in the West Midlands Deanery in 2006-07 and went on to an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Practice from 2007-2011 where she completed an MPhil using qualitative methodology to explore the feasibility of extending the authority to certify sickness absence beyond the medical profession and obtained her Certificate of Completion of Training in General Practice.

Victoria was successfully awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2011, and undertook a quantitative research project which investigated the relationship between pain and falls in older people. Her PhD was completed in 2017 and Victoria went on to an NIHR Clinical Lectureship in General Practice.

Research and scholarship

Victoria’s primary research interest is pain in the oldest old population. In addition, Victoria is joint chief investigator on two studies: the SNIPE study (exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the care of people with rheumatic musculoskeletal disorders in primary care, funded by Foundation for Research in Rheumatology) and SPLaT-19 (Symptom patterns and life with long-term COVID-19 in children and young people, funded by the NIHR SPCR).

Victoria has a mixed methods background, having published in quantitative, qualitative and systematic review methodologies including the use of linked databases, survey data and semi-structured interview techniques.
Victoria is an external member of the Advisory Group for NIHR-funded studies including investigations of Long-COVID and pain management for older people living with frailty.

Victoria reviews for the NIHR Reviewer Development Scheme, and reviews for journals including British Journal of General Practice, Age and Ageing, and European Journal of General Practice. Victoria is a member of the NIHR Long Covid in Children expert group and has been an invited Specialist Committee Member in the development of the NICE Quality Standard for Falls Prevention.5 Aligned to an interest in healthcare measures, Victoria is also a Standing Committee Member of the NICE Indicator Advisory Committee.

Teaching

During her academic time, Victoria supervises Academic Foundation Year 2 trainees, supports PhD students, and teaches medical students. Victoria is joint deputy lead for the MSK Faculty Research Theme group and leads the MMedSci Dissertation module where she supervises post-graduate students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds.

Selected Publications

  • Kwok CS, Burke H, McDermott S, Welsh V, Barker D, Patwala A, Duckett S, Satchithananda D, Mallen CD. 2022. Missed Opportunities in the Diagnosis of Heart Failure: Evaluation of Pathways to Determine Sources of Delay to Specialist Evaluation. Curr Heart Fail Rep. link> doi>
  • AlSayegh A, Gassan AA, Bajpai RC, Muller S, Welsh V, Kwok CS, Mallen CD. 2021. Readmission after index hospital discharge among patients with COVID-19: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Sci Rep, e417, vol. 4(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Kwok CS, Bennett S, Azam Z, Welsh V, Potluri R, Loke YK, Mallen CD. 2021. Misdiagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Crit Pathw Cardiol, 155-162, vol. 20(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Clarson LE, Bajpai R, Whittle R, Belcher J, Abdul Sultan A, Kwok CS, Welsh V, Mamas M, Mallen CD. 2020. Interstitial lung disease is a risk factor for ischaemic heart disease and myocardial infarction. Heart, 916-922, vol. 106(12). link> doi> full text>
  • Welsh VK, Mallen CD, Ogollah R, Wilkie R, McBeth J. 2019. Investigating multisite pain as a predictor of self-reported falls and falls requiring health care use in an older population: A prospective cohort study. PLoS One, e0226268, vol. 14(12). link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Kwok CS, Burke H, McDermott S, Welsh V, Barker D, Patwala A, Duckett S, Satchithananda D, Mallen CD. 2022. Missed Opportunities in the Diagnosis of Heart Failure: Evaluation of Pathways to Determine Sources of Delay to Specialist Evaluation. Curr Heart Fail Rep. link> doi>
  • AlSayegh A, Gassan AA, Bajpai RC, Muller S, Welsh V, Kwok CS, Mallen CD. 2021. Readmission after index hospital discharge among patients with COVID-19: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Health Sci Rep, e417, vol. 4(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Kwok CS, Bennett S, Azam Z, Welsh V, Potluri R, Loke YK, Mallen CD. 2021. Misdiagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Crit Pathw Cardiol, 155-162, vol. 20(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Clarson LE, Bajpai R, Whittle R, Belcher J, Abdul Sultan A, Kwok CS, Welsh V, Mamas M, Mallen CD. 2020. Interstitial lung disease is a risk factor for ischaemic heart disease and myocardial infarction. Heart, 916-922, vol. 106(12). link> doi> full text>
  • Welsh VK, Mallen CD, Ogollah R, Wilkie R, McBeth J. 2019. Investigating multisite pain as a predictor of self-reported falls and falls requiring health care use in an older population: A prospective cohort study. PLoS One, e0226268, vol. 14(12). link> doi> full text>
  • Welsh VK, Clarson LE, Mallen CD, McBeth J. 2019. Multisite pain and self-reported falls in older people: systematic review and meta-analysis. Arthritis Res Ther, 67, vol. 21(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Tang EYH, Fox H, Gajria C, Welsh VK, Mehrotra A. 2016. Development of an audit toolkit for use in resource-poor countries. Educ Prim Care, 79-80, vol. 27(1). link> doi>
  • Welsh VK, Sanders T, Richardson JC, Wynne-Jones G, Jinks C, Mallen CD. 2014. Extending the authority for sickness certification beyond the medical profession: the importance of 'boundary work'. BMC Fam Pract, 100, vol. 15. link> doi>
  • Stutchbury J and Player E. 2013. Karen Viagra: Burma's best kept secret. Br J Gen Pract, 427, vol. 63(613). link> doi>
  • Welsh V. 2013. Tips for GP trainees working in rheumatology. Br J Gen Pract, 164-165, vol. 63(608). link> doi>
  • Welsh VK, Mallen CD, Wynne-Jones G, Jinks C. 2012. Exploration of GPs' views and use of the fit note: a qualitative study in primary care. Br J Gen Pract, e363-e370, vol. 62(598). link> doi>
  • Cottrell E, Welsh V, Mallen C. 2012. Inflammatory arthritis: case review and primary care perspectives. Clin Rheumatol, 739-744, vol. 31(4). link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Mallen CD, Welsh V, Dunn KM. 2008. Rates of sickness certification in European primary care: a systematic review. Eur J Gen Pract, 99-108, vol. 14(3-4). link> doi>

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