Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Research groups

Catherine Barry

Paediatric Research Physiotherapist

I joined the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU-NDORMS) as a Paediatric Research Physiotherapist working on the SPELL and ROBUST trials. Funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme, the trials investigate the clinical effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions for children and young people with cerebral palsy. 

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Southampton in 1996,  I specialised as a Paediatric Physiotherapist. I developed a specialist interest in the musculoskeletal management of cerebral palsy, including rehabilitation following lower limb multi-level orthopaedic surgery, working in both Melbourne and Oxford Children’s Hospital.  My most recent clinical role was as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist (in paediatric neuro-orthopaedics), which I combined with the role of Children’s Musculoskeletal Therapy Team Lead at The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

A member of both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Association of Paediatric CharterePhysiotherapy, I have a professional focus on improving the physiotherapy management of children with cerebral palsy. My extended roles include Secretary of the Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway (CPIP) National Network and Co-Chair of the South Central regional CPIP committee.  

I have undertaken postgraduate studies in outcome measures in rehabilitation and advancing professional practice. I was a member of the steering group for the James Lind Alliance priorities setting partnership on lower limb surgery in children with orthopaedic conditions and the consensus group for developing a core outcome set for lower limb orthopaedic surgery in ambulant children with cerebral palsy.