Biography

Gwen trained as a nurse at the University of Southampton (2000) and completed her BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies at the University of Stirling (2002). Gwen's MRC funded PhD was conducted at the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Centre at the University of Manchester where her research focussed on the epidemiology of pain (specifically examining the role of trauma in the new onset of widespread pain) (2005). Gwen joined the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University in 2005 as a Research Associate and then as an NIHR Research Fellow and NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow. 

Research and scholarship

Gwen's research activities focus on examining the impact of health on work and how this can best be managed. She is particularly interested in the prognosis and management of musculoskeletal pain and other conditions commonly seen in primary care such as mild mental health disorders.

Gwen has developed a programme of research that has examined the impact of health on work and identified and explored the rates of GP certified work absence for a range of health condition. She have investigated the difficulties in measuring and managing the health and work interface in the workplace and in primary care, where GPs are the gatekeepers to sanctioning work absence. Through her cohort and qualitative studies she has identified the difficulties GPs have in managing discussions with patients around work absence. This work led to the development of a cluster randomised controlled trial that put vocational advisors into primary care to whom GPs could refer patients who were struggling with musculoskeletal pain and work (part of an NIHR programme for applied research, grant no. RP-PG-0707-10131 and an NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship PDF-2009-02-54).

Gwen has a strong interest in research methodologies and has been involved in the design and conduct of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, qualitative studies, cohort studies and a cluster randomised controlled trial.

Gwen's work has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (programme for applied research and post-doctoral fellowship), British Occupational Health Research Foundation, Stoke-on-Trent Primary Care Trust and the North Staffordshire Medical Institute.

She has been awarded two Fellowships by the National Institute for Health Research.

Teaching

Gwen teaches on the Masters in Medical Science course at Keele University, specifically the Statistics and Epidemiology module. She also contributes sessions to the Public Health stream of the undergraduate medical degree at Keele.

Gwen is currently supervising 1 MPhil and 2 PhDs.

Further information

Gwen is an associate editor for the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

Selected Publications

  • Øiestad BE, Aanesen F, Løchting I, Storheim K, Tingulstad A, Rysstad TL, Småstuen MC, Tveter AT, Sowden G, Wynne-Jones G, Fors EA, van Tulder M, Berg RC, Foster NE, Grotle M. 2020. Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of adding motivational interviewing or stratified vocational advice intervention to usual case management on return to work for people with musculoskeletal disorders. The MI-NAV study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 21(1), 496. link> doi> full text>
  • Froud R, Amundsen PA, Bartys S, Battie M, Burton K, Foster NE, Johnsen TL, Pincus T, Reneman MF, Smeets RJEM, Sveinsdottir V, Wynne-Jones G, Underwood M. 2020. Opportunities and challenges around adapting supported employment interventions for people with chronic low back pain: modified nominal group technique. Disabil Rehabil, 1-8. link> doi> full text>
  • van der Windt DA, Burke DL, Babatunde O, Hattle M, McRobert C, Littlewood C, Wynne-Jones G, Chesterton L, van der Heijden GJMG, Winters JC, Rhon DI, Bennell K, Roddy E, Heneghan C, Beard D, Rees JL, Riley RD. 2019. Predictors of the effects of treatment for shoulder pain: protocol of an individual participant data meta-analysis. Diagn Progn Res, vol. 3, 15. link> doi> full text>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Chen Y, Croft P, Peat G, Wilkie R, Jordan K, Petersson IF. 2018. Secular trends in work disability and its relationship to musculoskeletal pain and mental health: a time-trend analysis using five cross-sectional surveys (2002-2010) in the general population. Occup Environ Med, vol. 75(12), 877-883. link> doi> full text>
  • Sowden G, Main CJ, van der Windt DA, Burton K, Wynne-Jones G. 2019. The Development and Content of the Vocational Advice Intervention and Training Package for the Study of Work and Pain (SWAP) Trial (ISRCTN 52269669). J Occup Rehabil, vol. 29(2), 395-405. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications List show

Journal Articles

  • Øiestad BE, Aanesen F, Løchting I, Storheim K, Tingulstad A, Rysstad TL, Småstuen MC, Tveter AT, Sowden G, Wynne-Jones G, Fors EA, van Tulder M, Berg RC, Foster NE, Grotle M. 2020. Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of adding motivational interviewing or stratified vocational advice intervention to usual case management on return to work for people with musculoskeletal disorders. The MI-NAV study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 21(1), 496. link> doi> full text>
  • Froud R, Amundsen PA, Bartys S, Battie M, Burton K, Foster NE, Johnsen TL, Pincus T, Reneman MF, Smeets RJEM, Sveinsdottir V, Wynne-Jones G, Underwood M. 2020. Opportunities and challenges around adapting supported employment interventions for people with chronic low back pain: modified nominal group technique. Disabil Rehabil, 1-8. link> doi> full text>
  • van der Windt DA, Burke DL, Babatunde O, Hattle M, McRobert C, Littlewood C, Wynne-Jones G, Chesterton L, van der Heijden GJMG, Winters JC, Rhon DI, Bennell K, Roddy E, Heneghan C, Beard D, Rees JL, Riley RD. 2019. Predictors of the effects of treatment for shoulder pain: protocol of an individual participant data meta-analysis. Diagn Progn Res, vol. 3, 15. link> doi> full text>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Chen Y, Croft P, Peat G, Wilkie R, Jordan K, Petersson IF. 2018. Secular trends in work disability and its relationship to musculoskeletal pain and mental health: a time-trend analysis using five cross-sectional surveys (2002-2010) in the general population. Occup Environ Med, vol. 75(12), 877-883. link> doi> full text>
  • Sowden G, Main CJ, van der Windt DA, Burton K, Wynne-Jones G. 2019. The Development and Content of the Vocational Advice Intervention and Training Package for the Study of Work and Pain (SWAP) Trial (ISRCTN 52269669). J Occup Rehabil, vol. 29(2), 395-405. link> doi> full text>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Artus M, Bishop A, Lawton SA, Lewis M, Jowett S, Kigozi J, Main C, Sowden G, Wathall S, Burton AK, van der Windt DA, Hay EM, Foster NE, SWAP Study Team. 2018. Effectiveness and costs of a vocational advice service to improve work outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal pain in primary care: a cluster randomised trial (SWAP trial ISRCTN 52269669). Pain, vol. 159(1), 128-138. link> doi> full text>
  • Sanders T, Wynne-Jones G, Nio Ong B, Artus M, Foster N. 2019. Acceptability of a vocational advice service for patients consulting in primary care with musculoskeletal pain: A qualitative exploration of the experiences of general practitioners, vocational advisers and patients. Scand J Public Health, vol. 47(1), 78-85. link> doi> full text>
  • Lacey RJ, Wilkie R, Wynne-Jones G, Jordan JL, Wersocki E, McBeth J. 2017. Evidence for strategies that improve recruitment and retention of adults aged 65 years and over in randomised trials and observational studies: a systematic review. Age Ageing, vol. 46(6), 895-903. link> doi> full text>
  • Wynne-Jones G and Dunn KM. 2016. Has there been a change in the rates of UK sickness certification for back pain over time? An examination of historical data from 2000 to 2010. BMJ Open, vol. 6(4), e009634. link> doi> full text>
  • Lewis M, Wynne-Jones G, Barton P, Whitehurst DGT, Wathall S, Foster NE, Hay EM, van der Windt D. 2015. Should General Practitioners Issue a Sick Certificate to Employees Who Consult for Low Back Pain in Primary Care?. J Occup Rehabil, vol. 25(3), 577-588. link> doi> full text>
  • Bishop A, Wynne-Jones G, Lawton SA, van der Windt D, Main C, Sowden G, Burton AK, Lewis M, Jowett S, Sanders T, Hay EM, Foster NE, SWAP study team. 2014. Rationale, design and methods of the Study of Work and Pain (SWAP): a cluster randomised controlled trial testing the addition of a vocational advice service to best current primary care for patients with musculoskeletal pain (ISRCTN 52269669). BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 15, 232. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, van der Windt D, Ong BN, Bishop A, Cowen J, Artus M, Sanders T. 2014. Perceptions of health professionals towards the management of back pain in the context of work: a qualitative study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 15, 210. 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, vol. 15, 100. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Cowen J, Jordan JL, Uthman O, Main CJ, Glozier N, van der Windt D. 2013. Absence from work and return to work in people with back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. doi>
  • Campbell P, Wynne-Jones G, Muller S, Dunn KM. 2013. The influence of employment social support for risk and prognosis in nonspecific back pain: a systematic review and critical synthesis. Int Arch Occup Environ Health, vol. 86(2), 119-137. link> doi> full text>
  • Muller S, Wynne-Jones G, Daniel R, Creavin ST, Bishop A, Mallen CD. 2012. There is no association between a measure of clinical care and the response rate of GPs to postal surveys: a methodological study. Eur J Gen Pract, vol. 18(3), 154-158. 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, vol. 62(598), e363-e370. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G and Main CJ. 2011. Overcoming pain as a barrier to work. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care, vol. 5(2), 131-136. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Buck R, Varnava A, Phillips CJ, Main CJ. 2011. Impacts on work performance; what matters 6 months on?. Occup Med (Lond), vol. 61(3), 205-208. link> doi>
  • Mallen CD, Wynne-Jones G, Dunn KM. 2011. Sickness certification for mental health problems: an analysis of a general practice consultation database. Prim Health Care Res Dev, vol. 12(2), 179-182. link> doi> full text>
  • Buck R, Porteous C, Wynne-Jones G, Marsh K, Phillips CJ, Main CJ. 2011. Challenges to remaining at work with common health problems: what helps and what influence do organisational policies have?. J Occup Rehabil, vol. 21(4), 501-512. link> doi>
  • Campbell P, Wynne-Jones G, Dunn KM. 2011. The influence of informal social support on risk and prognosis in spinal pain: a systematic review. Eur J Pain, vol. 15(5), 444.e1-444.14. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Buck R, Porteous C, Cooper L, Button LA, Main CJ, Phillips CJ. 2011. What happens to work if you're unwell? Beliefs and attitudes of managers and employees with musculoskeletal pain in a public sector setting. J Occup Rehabil, vol. 21(1), 31-42. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Mallen CD, Main CJ, Dunn KM. 2010. What do GPs feel about sickness certification? A systematic search and narrative review. Scand J Prim Health Care, vol. 28(2), 67-75. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Mallen CD, Dunn KM. 2010. Sickness certification for musculoskeletal conditions. Clin Rheumatol, vol. 29(5), 573-574. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Buck R, Varnava A, Phillips CJ, Main CJ. 2010. (Lack of) Impacts on work absence and performance Reply. OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD, vol. 60(1), 81-82. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Mallen CD, Main CJ, Dunn KM. 2010. Sickness certification and the GP: what really happens in practice?. Fam Pract, vol. 27(3), 344-350. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Buck R, Varnava A, Phillips C, Main CJ. 2009. Impacts on work absence and performance: what really matters?. Occup Med (Lond), vol. 59(8), 556-562. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Mallen CD, Mottram S, Main CJ, Dunn KM. 2009. Identification of UK sickness certification rates, standardised for age and sex. Br J Gen Pract, vol. 59(564), 510-516. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Varnava A, Buck R, Karanika-Murray M, Griffiths A, Phillips C, Cox T, Kahn S, Main CJ. 2009. Examination of the Work Organization Assessment Questionnaire in public sector workers. J Occup Environ Med, vol. 51(5), 586-593. 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, vol. 14(3-4), 99-108. link> doi>
  • Buck R, Wynne-Jones G, Varnava A, Main CJ, Phillips CJ. 2009. Working with Musculoskeletal Pain. Rev Pain, vol. 3(1), 6-10. link> doi>
  • Phillips C, Main C, Buck R, Aylward M, Wynne-Jones G, Farr A. 2008. Prioritising pain in policy making: the need for a whole systems perspective. Health Policy, vol. 88(2-3), 166-175. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, DUNN KM, Mallen CD, Main CJ. 2008. Sickness certification in general practice: a comparison of electronic records with self-reported work absence. Primary Health Care Research & Development, vol. 9(2), 113-118. doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Dunn KM, Main CJ. 2008. The impact of low back pain on work: a study in primary care consulters. Eur J Pain, vol. 12(2), 180-188. link> doi>
  • Mallen CD, Mottram S, Wynne-Jones G, Thomas E. 2008. Birth-related exposures and asthma and allergy in adulthood: a population-based cross-sectional study of young adults in North Staffordshire. J Asthma, vol. 45(4), 309-312. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Jones GT, Wiles NJ, Silman AJ, Macfarlane GJ. 2006. Predicting new onset of widespread pain following a motor vehicle collision. J Rheumatol, vol. 33(5), 968-974. link>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Macfarlane GJ, Silman AJ, Jones GT. 2006. Does physical trauma lead to an increase in the risk of new onset widespread pain?. Ann Rheum Dis, vol. 65(3), 391-393. link> doi>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Jones GT, Atherton K, Wiles NJ, Silman AJ, Macfarlane GJ. 2005. Comment on Hendriks et al.: prognostic factors for poor recovery in acute whiplash patients. Pain 2005;114:408-416. Pain, vol. 119(1-3), 247-248. link> doi>

Other

  • Wynne-Jones G, Artus M, Bishop A, Lawton SA, Lewis M, Main C, Sowden G, Wathall S, Burton K, van der Windt D, Hay EM, Beardmore R, Foster N. 2016. DOES THE ADDITION OF A VOCATIONAL ADVICE SERVICE TO BEST CURRENT PRIMARY CARE IMPROVE WORK OUTCOMES IN PATIENTS WITH MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN? THE STUDY OF WORK AND PAIN (SWAP) CLUSTER RANDOMIZED TRIAL (ISRCTN 52269669). RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 55, p. 50). link>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Cowen J, Jordan JL, van der Windt D, Glozier N, Main CJ. 2009. The impact of back, neck and upper limb pain on work absence and performance.
  • Buck R, Varnava A, WYNNE-JONES G, Phillips CJ, Farewell D, Porteus C, Webb K, Button L, Cooper C, Main CJ. 2008. Health and well-being in work in Merthyr Tydfil: A bio-psychosocial approach, well-being in work stage 2: Final Report.
  • WYNNE-JONES G, Mallen CD, Main C, Dunn KM. 2008. Sickness certification in primary care: A pilot survey of general practitoners.
  • McBeth J, Nicholl B, Jones GT, Wynne-Jones G, Wiles NJ. 2007. Road traffic accidents do not predict the onset of widespread body pain. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 46, pp. I120-I121). link>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Jordan JL, Glozier N, Main CJ. 2007. A systematic bibliography of the relationship between employee health and occupational performance.
  • Buck R, Phillips CJ, Main CJ, Varnava A, Button L, WYNNE-JONES G, Cooper L, Webb KL. 2007. Well-being in work stage 2: Interim Report.
  • McBeth J, Nicholl B, Macfarlane GJ, Jones GT, Wynne-Jones G, Silman AJ. 2006. Motor vehicle collisions predict the onset of axial skeleton pain but not widespread body pain. ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM (vol. 54, p. S827). link>
  • Jones GT, Wynne-Jones G, Wiles NJ, Silman AJ, Macfarlane GJ. 2006. Predicting widespread pain following a motor vehicle accident: Pre-accident health is more important than accident-specific factors. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 45, pp. I120-I121). link>