Keele lecturer wins national prize from Arthritis Research UK

Posted on 20 August 2012
Dr Hill’s research has the potential to inform the current practice of treating back pain, bringing improvements to patients and reducing the long term cost to the NHS.

The 2012 Arthritis Research UK prize in physiotherapy has been awarded to a lecturer from Keele University for his research aiming to improve the way people with back pain are managed and treated.

Dr Jonathan Hill, a lecturer in physiotherapy from Keele University, won the £1,000 prize from leading medical charity Arthritis Research UK for his trial which explored the effectiveness of back pain treatments.

Around 6 million people in the UK  are affected with back problems and it is a common cause of pain and disability. Taking painkillers, staying active and doing some light exercises are the most common things that help most people with back pain. In some cases further medical treatment might be needed, such as physiotherapy or manual therapies.

The Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University is currently carrying out research to improve GP and physiotherapy treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain and arthritis.

Dr Hill, from Derby commented: “Back pain is very common in the UK and is a major cause of pain and disability, so I was delighted that my research received this recognition from Arthritis Research UK.”

"Dr Hill’s research has the potential to inform the current practice of treating back pain, bringing improvements to patients and reducing the long term cost to the NHS. We hope our award will bring further recognition of his valuable work in back pain management,” explains Keir Windsor, education manager at Arthritis Research UK.

The physiotherapy prize, a joint prize with the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR),  is one of four prizes from Arthritis Research UK open to nurses and allied health professionals working with patients with arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions for an outstanding piece of work.


More information

For further information, case studies and expert interview opportunities please contact Catherine Barber at Arthritis Research UK or email or call 0207 6127282.


Notes to editors:

For more information on back pain visit or order their back pain booklet.

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