Biography

 

Laura Swaithes is a Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow at Keele University. She completed an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy at Coventry University in 2004 and worked at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, specialising in complex musculoskeletal rehabilitation and orthopaedic caseload management across a range of healthcare settings. In 2013 she completed the NIHR Masters in Research Methods at the University of Nottingham before embarking on a clinical academic career. She has worked on various large research projects at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, and the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre.

Laura completed her PhD (entitled 'From research to primary care: a knowledge mobilisation study in osteoarthritis) at the Impact Accelerator Unit at Keele University. Her work investigates the implementation of musculoskeletal innovations in Primary Care and she has presented this work nationally and internationally. In 2017 Laura was awarded the NIHR Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration to further develop her expertise in knowledge mobilisation. Laura has recently been awarded an NIHR School for Primary Care Research post-doctoral fellowship and a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Research Foundation fellowship to continue her work on understanding and optimising the uptake of evidence for musculoskeletal care.

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, Walsh N, Quicke JG. 2021. Are physiotherapists too bound to be boundary spanning?. Musculoskeletal Care, Article msc.1544. doi> link> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Paskins Z, Duffy H, Evans N, Mallen C, Dziedzic K, Finney A. 2021. Experience of implementing and delivering group consultations in UK general practice: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract. link> doi> full text>
  • 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, 95, vol. 15(1). 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), 1799-1801, vol. 59(8). 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>

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Journal Articles

  • Swaithes L, Walsh N, Quicke JG. 2021. Are physiotherapists too bound to be boundary spanning?. Musculoskeletal Care, Article msc.1544. doi> link> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Paskins Z, Duffy H, Evans N, Mallen C, Dziedzic K, Finney A. 2021. Experience of implementing and delivering group consultations in UK general practice: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract. link> doi> full text>
  • 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, 95, vol. 15(1). 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), 1799-1801, vol. 59(8). 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, 101-110, vol. 18(2). 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, 173-181, vol. 28(2). 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, e7-e8, vol. 27(7). 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, 30-34, vol. 22(5). 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.