Zoe joined Keele in 2009 as a Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology. Prior to this, she undertook full time clinical training in rheumatology in the West Midlands. Following her medical degree (MBChB, University of Leicester) she completed a Masters in Medical Education (University of Warwick) and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (London). She completed her PhD at Keele in 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2017.

Zoe is currently a Professor and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology at the Haywood Metabolic Bone Centre in Stoke-on-Trent and the Primary Care Centre Versus Arthritis here at Keele University. She is Clinical Lead of the Haywood Metabolic Bone Centre which includes the North Staffordshire Fracture Liaison and DXA service. She also leads the Keele Osteoporosis Research Group with specific interests in primary care management of osteoporosis and clinician-patient communication, holding an NIHR Clinician Scientist Award to develop and evaluate a decision support tool in osteoporosis. She is past-Chair of the Midlands Bone Interest Group, a member of the National Osteoporosis Guideline Group, Chair of the Musculoskeletal Disorders Research Group for Versus Arthritis and sits on various committees for the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

Research and scholarship

Zoe leads the osteoporosis research group with specific research interests in primary care management of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and clinician-patient communication. She has experience in complex intervention development and evaluation, process evaluation, clinical trials, qualitative methods, epidemiology and knowledge mobilisation.

Zoe’s PhD involved using a mix of qualitative, quantitative and observational methodology to explore the consultation in primary care of adults presenting with osteoarthritis. She now holds a NIHR Clinician Scientist Award and is leading the iFraP study which aims to improve informed-decision making about fracture prevention medication.


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