Biography

I qualified from the Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy, Birmingham in 1988. I have worked in both secondary and primary care physiotherapy services and have undertaken many post graduate courses in the management of musculoskeletal disease. In 1999 I was appointed as a Lecture Practitioner at the School of Health and Rehabilitation here at Keele University. This allowed me to develop my teaching skills, undertake a national teaching qualification and complete an M.Phil.

I have been in my current role as a Consultant Physiotherapist since 2002. This post includes expert clinical practice, research, education, service redesign and clinical leadership. I am very fortunate to hold sessions within the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent NHS Partnership Trust, The School of Health and Rehabilitation and the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre. I also hold an Honorary Lectureship within The School of Health and Rehabilitation.

My clinical role involves delivering clinical sessions and providing clinical leadership within the Musculoskeletal Interface Service. This innovative service manages over 10,000 patients per year with non surgical musculoskeletal disease. It has been highlighted by the Department of Heath as an exemplar of Best Practice

I enjoy keeping fit by playing squash and golf. I am current training for my first triathlon. I also enjoy travelling, socialising, scuba diving, dancing and walking my lovely dog ‘Bollie’.

Research and scholarship

My MPhil focused on the concept of evidence based practice and how to best change clinicians behaviour in light of best evidence. This interest led to the development and leadership of a multidisciplinary group whose main aim is to search for the best available evidence to inform practice. The group has developed 33 clinical recommendations, and has published their work nationally and have presented at international conferences.

The web address is http://www.keele.ac.uk/ebp/mrfgroup/aimsofthegroup/

The group has also been involved in the joint development of three randomised trails which followed as a result of the process.

I am part of a team that is researching the types of patients that are seen in our Musculoskeletal Interface Service. We are interested in clinical outcomes, describing the factors that affect risk of developing chronicity and exploring the effect of our treatment interventions.

Teaching

I have jointly developed and continue to deliver a masters level module on Soft Tissue and Intra-articular Joint Injections. This module, is organised by the School of Health and Rehabilitation, Keele University, has successfully trained over 200 physiotherapists and nurses to deliver this mode of treatment in clinical practice

I have also developed a master’s module to support practitioners who wish to develop additional musculoskeletal assessment skills in the clinical environment (Musculoskeletal Management at the Interface). The module is aimed at general practitioners and physiotherapists.

I deliver sessions on master’s modules on physical examination to rheumatology nurse specialists and assist in the deliver of evidence based practice modules within the Centre.

I co-ordinate training for clinicians who work within our Musculoskeletal Interface service to ensure the delivery of the  highest standards of clinical care and regularly deliver training sessions to local physiotherapists on aspects of clinical management.

I co-ordinate and lecture on an annual Best Practice day for Allied Health Professionals. This aims to share innovation in the areas of clinical practice, research and service redesign.

 

Further information

  • Editorial Board member of Musculoskeletal Matters and Midland Medicine Journals

  • I co-ordinate our local ARMA group (Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance)

  • Vice Chair of the Haywood Foundation Charity

Selected Publications

  • Stevenson K, Sarigiovannis P, Finney AG, Cottrell E, Lewis R, Edwards JJ, Hadley-Barrows T, Thomson K, Reay H, Dziedzic KS. 2021. Development, spread and impact of primary care and musculoskeletal communities of practice to assist rapid translation of evidence into practice. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi> full text>
  • Oppong R, Jowett S, Lewis M, Roddy E, Ogollah RO, Zwierska I, Datta P, Hall A, Hay E, Shufflebotham J, Stevenson K, van der Windt DA, Young J, Foster NE. 2021. The cost-effectiveness of different approaches to exercise and corticosteroid injection for subacromial pain (impingement) syndrome. Rheumatology (Oxford). link> doi> full text>
  • Cliffe S and Stevenson K. 2020. Patient experiences of virtual consultation during COVID 19: A musculoskeletal service evaluation. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi>
  • Roddy E, Ogollah RO, Oppong R, Zwierska I, Datta P, Hall A, Hay E, Jackson S, Jowett S, Lewis M, Shufflebotham J, Stevenson K, van der Windt DA, Young J, Foster NE. 2021. Optimising outcomes of exercise and corticosteroid injection in patients with subacromial pain (impingement) syndrome: a factorial randomised trial. Br J Sports Med, 262-271, vol. 55(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Stevenson K, Bicker G, Cliffe S, Kemp J, Menon A, Hall E, Ryan S. 2020. Development, implementation and evaluation of a bespoke, advanced practice musculoskeletal training programme within a clinical assessment and treatment service. Musculoskeletal Care, 204-210, vol. 18(2). link> doi>

Full Publications Listshow

Journal Articles

  • Stevenson K, Sarigiovannis P, Finney AG, Cottrell E, Lewis R, Edwards JJ, Hadley-Barrows T, Thomson K, Reay H, Dziedzic KS. 2021. Development, spread and impact of primary care and musculoskeletal communities of practice to assist rapid translation of evidence into practice. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi> full text>
  • Oppong R, Jowett S, Lewis M, Roddy E, Ogollah RO, Zwierska I, Datta P, Hall A, Hay E, Shufflebotham J, Stevenson K, van der Windt DA, Young J, Foster NE. 2021. The cost-effectiveness of different approaches to exercise and corticosteroid injection for subacromial pain (impingement) syndrome. Rheumatology (Oxford). link> doi> full text>
  • Cliffe S and Stevenson K. 2020. Patient experiences of virtual consultation during COVID 19: A musculoskeletal service evaluation. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi>
  • Roddy E, Ogollah RO, Oppong R, Zwierska I, Datta P, Hall A, Hay E, Jackson S, Jowett S, Lewis M, Shufflebotham J, Stevenson K, van der Windt DA, Young J, Foster NE. 2021. Optimising outcomes of exercise and corticosteroid injection in patients with subacromial pain (impingement) syndrome: a factorial randomised trial. Br J Sports Med, 262-271, vol. 55(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Stevenson K, Bicker G, Cliffe S, Kemp J, Menon A, Hall E, Ryan S. 2020. Development, implementation and evaluation of a bespoke, advanced practice musculoskeletal training programme within a clinical assessment and treatment service. Musculoskeletal Care, 204-210, vol. 18(2). link> doi>
  • Paskins Z, Hughes G, Myers H, Hughes E, Hennings S, Cherrington A, Evans A, Holden M, Stevenson K, Menon A, Bromley K, Roberts P, Hall A, Peat G, Jinks C, Oppong R, Lewis M, Foster NE, Mallen C, Roddy E. 2018. A randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of ultrasound-guided intra-articular corticosteroid and local anaesthetic injections: the hip injection trial (HIT) protocol. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 218, vol. 19(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Stevenson K, Jackson S, Shufflebotham J, Roddy E, Foster NE. 2017. Development and delivery of a physiotherapist-led exercise intervention in a randomised controlled trial for subacromial impingement syndrome (the SUPPORT trial). Physiotherapy, 379-386, vol. 103(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Blake T, Marais D, Hassell AB, Stevenson K, Paskins Z. 2017. Getting back to the dissecting room: An evaluation of an innovative course in musculoskeletal anatomy for UK-based rheumatology training. Musculoskeletal Care, 405-412, vol. 15(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Roddy E, Jordan KP, Oppong R, Chen Y, Jowett S, Dawes P, Hider SL, Packham J, Stevenson K, Zwierska I, Hay EM. 2016. Reconsultation, self-reported health status and costs following treatment at a musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS): a 12-month prospective cohort study. BMJ Open, e011735, vol. 6(10). link> doi> full text>
  • Roddy E, Ogollah R, Zwierska I, Datta P, Hall A, Hay E, Jackson S, Lewis M, Shufflebotham J, Stevenson K, van der Windt D, Young J, Foster N. 2014. Clinical Effectiveness of Exercise and Corticosteroid Injection for Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: A Randomised Controlled Trial. ARTHRITIS & RHEUMATOLOGY, S489-S490, vol. 66. link>
  • Roddy E, Zwierska I, Hay EM, Jowett S, Lewis M, Stevenson K, van der Windt D, Foster NE, SUPPORT trial team. 2014. Subacromial impingement syndrome and pain: protocol for a randomised controlled trial of exercise and corticosteroid injection (the SUPPORT trial). BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 81, vol. 15. link> doi>
  • Roddy E, Zwierska I, Jordan KP, Dawes P, Hider SL, Packham J, Stevenson K, Hay EM. 2013. Musculoskeletal clinical assessment and treatment services at the primary-secondary care interface: an observational study. Br J Gen Pract, e141-e148, vol. 63(607). link> doi>
  • Stevenson K, Ryan S, Masterson A. 2011. Nurse and allied health professional consultants: perceptions and experiences of the role. J Clin Nurs, 537-544, vol. 20(3-4). link> doi>
  • Roddy E, Zwierska I, Dawes P, Hider SL, Jordan KP, Packham J, Stevenson K, Hay E, SAMBA team. 2010. The Staffordshire arthritis, musculoskeletal, and back assessment (SAMBA) study: a prospective observational study of patient outcome following referral to a primary-secondary care musculoskeletal interface service. BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 67, vol. 11. doi> full text>
  • Dziedzic K, Stevenson K, Thomas E, Sim J, Hay E. 2009. Development and implementation of a physiotherapy intervention for use in a pragmatic randomized controlled trial in primary care for shoulder pain. Musculoskeletal Care, 67-77, vol. 7(2). link> doi>
  • Stevenson K, Bird L, Sarigiovannis P, Dziedzic K, Foster NE, Graham C. 2007. A new multidisciplinary approach to integrating best evidence into musculoskeletal practice. J Eval Clin Pract, 703-708, vol. 13(5). link> doi>
  • Ryan S, Stevenson K, Hassell AB. 2007. Assessment of clinical nurse specialists in rheumatology using an OSCE. Musculoskeletal Care, 119-129, vol. 5(3). link> doi>
  • Stevenson K and Waterfield J. 2005. Providing specialist clinical skills in soft tissue and intra-articular injection through a postgraduate masters module. Musculoskeletal Care, 168-175, vol. 3(3). doi>
  • Stevenson K, Lewis M, Hay E. 2006. Does physiotherapy management of low back pain change as a result of an evidence-based educational programme?. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 365-375, vol. 12(3). link> doi>
  • Stevenson K. 2004. A REVIEW OF A CONSULTANT PHYSIOTHERAPIST'S FIRST YEAR IN POST. RHEUMATOLOGY, 156-157, vol. 43. link>
  • Stevenson K, Chadwick AV, Hunter SM. 2004. National survey of lecturer-practitioners in physiotherapy. Physiotherapy, 139-144. doi>
  • STEVENSON K, LEWIS M, HAY EM. 2004. Do physiotherapists' attitudes towards evidence based practice change as a result of an evidence based educational programme?. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 207-217, vol. 10(2). doi>
  • Stevenson K. 2003. A new dawn: a consultant physiotherapist in musculoskeletal disease. Musculoskeletal Care, 65-70, vol. 1(1). link> doi>

Other

  • Paskins Z, Bromley K, Lewis M, Hughes G, Hughes E, Cherrington AA, Hall A, Holden M, Oppong R, Kigozi J, Stevenson K, Menon A, Roberts P, Peat G, Jinks C, Foster N, Mallen CD, Roddy E. 2020. CLINICAL AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF ULTRASOUND-GUIDED INTRA-ARTICULAR CORTICOSTEROID AND LOCAL ANAESTHETIC INJECTION FOR HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS: A RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL (HIT). OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE (p. S479, vol. 28). link> doi> full text>
  • Paskins Z, Bromley K, Lewis M, Hughes G, Hughes E, Cherrington A, Hall A, Holden M, Oppong R, Stevenson K, Menon A, Roberts P, Peat G, Jinks C, Foster N, Mallen C, Roddy E. 2019. Clinical Effectiveness of Ultrasound-guided Intra-articular Corticosteroid and Local Anaesthetic Injections for Hip Osteoarthritis: A Randomised Controlled Trial (HIT). ARTHRITIS & RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 71). link>
  • Hadley-Barrows T, Larkin T, Stevenson K, Huckfield L, Humphreys K, Rimmer Y, Doyle C, Shufflebotham J, Sellors G, Duffy H, Mason E. 2017. Benefiting the research and clinical worlds to optimise patient care: the impact of physiotherapy research facilitators. Physiotherapy (pp. e39-e40, vol. 103). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>
  • Thomson K, Morris A, Ali A, Nawoor S, Jeeves B, Hall E, Menon A, Stevenson K. 2017. Clinical audit drives quality improvement in a successful Musculoskeletal Interface Service (MIS). Physiotherapy (p. e107, vol. 103). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>
  • Stevenson K, Hadley-Barrows T, Rimmer Y, Larkin T, Salt E, Quicke J, Chesterton L, Foster N, Dziedzic K. 2017. Integrating musculoskeletal research into clinical care by using a network of ‘evidence into practice groups’. Physiotherapy (p. e89, vol. 103). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>
  • Blake T, Hassell AB, Stevenson K, Paskins Z. 2017. GETTING BACK TO THE DISSECTING ROOM: AN EVALUATION OF A NEW BRITISH SOCIETY FOR RHEUMATOLOGY COURSE IN MUSCULOSKELETAL ANATOMY FOR RHEUMATOLOGY TRAINING. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 151, vol. 56). link>
  • Blackburn S, Stevenson K, Somerville S, Duffy H, Hughes R, Dziedzic K. 2015. IMPROVING THE ROUTINE CARE OF PATIENTS WITH BACK PAIN: THE ROLE OF PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN TAKING SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH INTO CLINICAL PRACTICE. ANNALS OF THE RHEUMATIC DISEASES (p. 122, vol. 74). link> doi>
  • Roddy E, Ogollah R, Zwierska I, Datta P, Hall A, Hay EM, Jackson S, Lewis M, Shufflebotham J, Stevenson K, van der Windt D, Young J, Foster NE. 2015. CLINICAL EFFECTIVENESS OF EXERCISE AND CORTICOSTEROID INJECTION FOR SUBACROMIAL IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 140, vol. 54). link>
  • Stevenson K, Duffy H, Wathall S, Dziedzic K, Somerville S, Cooper V, Chudyk A, Turner S, Oxtoby J, Hughes R. 2015. MAKING IT EASY TO DO THE RIGHT THING: A PILOT TO DEVELOP AN E-TEMPLATE TO ASSIST GPS IN MANAGING PATIENTS WITH LOW BACK PAIN. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 68, vol. 54). link>
  • Stevenson K, Jackson S, Shufflebotham J, Roddy E, Foster N. 2015. DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF A PHYSIOTHERAPY-LED EXERCISE PROGRAMME FOR USE IN A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL WITH PATIENTS WITH SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME. RHEUMATOLOGY (pp. 113-114, vol. 54). link>
  • Stevenson K, Duffy H, Somerville S, Cooper V, Hughes R, Dziedzic K. 2014. CAN COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE ASSIST THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RESEARCH ACROSS THE ACADEMIC HEALTH SCIENCES NETWORK?. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 80, vol. 53). link>
  • Roddy E, Jordan KP, Chen Y, Dawes PT, Hider SL, Packham J, Stevenson K, Zwierska I, Hay EM. 2014. CONSULTATION PATTERNS FOLLOWING TREATMENT AT A MUSCULOSKELETAL CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT SERVICE: A 12-MONTH PROSPECTIVE STUDY. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 30, vol. 53). link>
  • Stevenson K. 2013. MULTIDISCIPLINARY WORKING: BRIDGING THE PRIMARY/SECONDARY CARE GAP. ANNALS OF THE RHEUMATIC DISEASES (p. 34, vol. 71). link> doi>
  • Stevenson K, Roddy E, Jordan K. 2010. CLINICIANS IN CLINICAL ASSESSMEMNT AND TREATMENT SERVICES (CATS): IS THERE CONSISTENCY ACROSS PROFESSIONS IN ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT?. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. I142, vol. 49). link>
  • Roddy E, Zwierska I, Dawes P, Hider SL, Jordan KP, Packham J, Stevenson K, Hay E. 2010. WHO IS REFERRED TO MUSCULOSKELETAL CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT SERVICES AT THE PRIMARY-SECONDARY CARE INTERFACE? THE SAMBA STUDY. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. I24, vol. 49). link>
  • Stevenson K, Packham JC, Dawes PT. 2005. Experiences of two innovative musculoskeletal multidisciplinary learning events. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. I83, vol. 44). link>
  • Stevenson K, Hay EM, Lewis M. 2003. DO OPINION LEADERS EXIST IN CLINICAL PRACTICE. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 155, vol. 42). link>
  • Stevenson K and Hay EM. 2002. A SURVEY OF GP'S AND PHYSIOTHERAPISTS (PT) VIEWS ON A PHYSIOTHERAPY LED BACK PAIN SERVICE. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 81, vol. 41). link>
  • Stevenson K, Hay E, Lewis M. 2001. A longitudinal study to investigate the change in physiotherapists clinical management of low back pain following an evidence based training programme. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 147, vol. 40). link>
  • Stevenson K. [5.12] Keele STarT Back | #MadeAtUni. link> full text>
  • Stevenson K. [5.9] STarTBack Whiteboard. link> full text>
  • Stevenson K. [5.9] What is STarT Back?. link> full text>