Biography

Laura undertook an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy at Coventry University and graduated in 2004. Following this she worked at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust on a general rotational post, before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Laura has specific experience in complex musculoskeletal rehabilitation and orthopaedic caseload management across a range of healthcare settings.

In 2012-13 Laura completed the NIHR Masters in Research Methods at the University of Nottingham. Following this, Laura developed a clinical academic career by working at the Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Centre for Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis alongside her clinical role. Laura gained research expertise working on the Injury and Illness Performance Programme with British Olympic Teams and then within the ARUK Pain Centre on a large project looking at knee pain and osteoarthritis in the community. Laura has also worked at the University of Nottingham in the School of Physiotherapy as a Clinical Link Tutor.

In 2014 Laura was awarded a clinical research internship; the Health Education East Midlands Silver Clinical Scholar Award (2014-15), and, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Education and Development Placement Award (2015-16), both of which supported her to develop as a clinical academic and to gain mentorship from world leading experts.

Laura started her PhD (entitled ‘From research to primary care: a knowledge mobilisation study in osteoarthritis’) at Keele University in 2016 and has recently secured an NIHR School for Primary Care Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Her work focussed on exploring the factors that influenced the implementation of an evidence-based innovation, and developing a toolkit to optimise knowledge mobilisation for OA in primary care. Laura gained further expertise in knowledge mobilisation following an NIHR Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration at UWE Bristol.

Research and scholarship

MA (Research Methods), BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Laura’s primary research interest is in knowledge mobilisation and implementation of best-care for musculoskeletal conditions. Laura has experience in systematic reviews, consensus methods and qualitative methods.

Teaching

Laura contributes to teaching and learning by helping to deliver:

  • Research methods sessions to medical students
  • Osteoarthritis core management training to allied health professionals
  • Academic support in facilitating Critical Appraisal Topic groups

Further information

Laura is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Health and Care Professions Council, and the West Midlands Knowledge Mobilisation Collaborative.

Selected Publications

  • Swaithes L, Dziedzic K, Finney A, Cottrell E, Jinks C, Mallen C, Currie G, Paskins Z. 2020. Understanding the uptake of a clinical innovation for osteoarthritis in primary care: a qualitative study of knowledge mobilisation using the i-PARIHS framework. Implement Sci, vol. 15(1), 95. link> doi> full text>
  • Sharp CA, Swaithes L, Ellis B, Dziedzic K, Walsh N. 2020. Implementation research: making better use of evidence to improve healthcare. Rheumatology (Oxford), vol. 59(8), 1799-1801. link> doi> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Dziedzic K, Sharp CA, Ellis B, Walsh N. 2020. Context, context, context: how has covid-19 changed implementation globally and how can we ‘lock in’ learning?. Rheumatology. doi> link> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Paskins Z, Dziedzic K, Finney A. 2020. Factors influencing the implementation of evidence-based guidelines for osteoarthritis in primary care: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. Musculoskeletal Care, vol. 18(2), 101-110. link> doi> full text>
  • Akin-Akinyosoye K, Sarmanova A, Fernandes GS, Frowd N, Swaithes L, Stocks J, Valdes A, McWilliams DF, Zhang W, Doherty M, Ferguson E, Walsh DA. 2020. Baseline self-report 'central mechanisms' trait predicts persistent knee pain in the Knee Pain in the Community (KPIC) cohort. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, vol. 28(2), 173-181. link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Swaithes L, Dziedzic K, Finney A, Cottrell E, Jinks C, Mallen C, Currie G, Paskins Z. 2020. Understanding the uptake of a clinical innovation for osteoarthritis in primary care: a qualitative study of knowledge mobilisation using the i-PARIHS framework. Implement Sci, vol. 15(1), 95. link> doi> full text>
  • Sharp CA, Swaithes L, Ellis B, Dziedzic K, Walsh N. 2020. Implementation research: making better use of evidence to improve healthcare. Rheumatology (Oxford), vol. 59(8), 1799-1801. link> doi> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Dziedzic K, Sharp CA, Ellis B, Walsh N. 2020. Context, context, context: how has covid-19 changed implementation globally and how can we ‘lock in’ learning?. Rheumatology. doi> link> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Paskins Z, Dziedzic K, Finney A. 2020. Factors influencing the implementation of evidence-based guidelines for osteoarthritis in primary care: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. Musculoskeletal Care, vol. 18(2), 101-110. link> doi> full text>
  • Akin-Akinyosoye K, Sarmanova A, Fernandes GS, Frowd N, Swaithes L, Stocks J, Valdes A, McWilliams DF, Zhang W, Doherty M, Ferguson E, Walsh DA. 2020. Baseline self-report 'central mechanisms' trait predicts persistent knee pain in the Knee Pain in the Community (KPIC) cohort. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, vol. 28(2), 173-181. link> doi> full text>
  • Swaithes LR, Dziedzic KS, Cottrell E, Quicke JG. 2019. Response to: Losina E. Why past research successes do not translate to clinical reality: gaps in evidence on exercise program efficiency. osteoarthritis and cartilage 2019;27:1-2. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, vol. 27(7), e7-e8. link> doi> full text>
  • Fernandes GS, Sarmanova A, Warner S, Harvey H, Akin-Akinyosoye K, Richardson H, Frowd N, Marshall L, Stocks J, Hall M, Valdes AM, Walsh D, Zhang W, Doherty M. 2017. Knee pain and related health in the community study (KPIC): a cohort study protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. doi> full text>
  • Marshall L and Edgley A. 2015. Perils and pitfalls for clinicians embarking on qualitative research in physiotherapy. Nurse Researcher, vol. 22(5), 30-34. doi> link>
  • Warner S, Harvey H, Richardson H, Marshall L, Jenkins W, Wheeler M, Frowd N, Doherty S, Walsh D, Fernandes G, Zhang W, Doherty M, Valdes AM. Neuropathic-like knee pain symptoms in community-derived controls for osteoarthritis, in people with osteoarthritis, and following knee replacement. PAIN.