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Colin Forde

BSc (Hons), MRes, MCSP


DPhil in Musculoskeletal Sciences

Physiotherapist interested in evaluating the clinical and cost effectiveness of different rehabilitation approaches for musculoskeletal injuries

My research focusses on improving rehabilitation for people after a recent kneecap dislocation. After this injury, patients are routinely referred to physiotherapy for exercise-based rehabilitation. Despite this, there is little evidence to guide physiotherapy treatment and patient outcomes are highly variable. During my DPhil, I will lead a pilot trial with an embedded qualitative component that will determine if a full-scale trial comparing different rehabilitation approaches is feasible. This would provide high-quality evidence to create clinical guidelines for the physiotherapy treatment of this injury.

After qualifying as a physiotherapist from University College Dublin in 2012, I worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist across a variety of healthcare settings. Since 2017, I have specialised in orthopaedic trauma rehabilitation at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where I still hold an honorary contract. Through this clinical role, I have provided the interventions and/or collected data for several multicentre NIHR funded trials in orthopaedic trauma.

I have been previously awarded a NIHR-funded Masters in Clinical Research (2017 to 2019) and a NIHR Oxford BRC Preparatory Research Career Fellowship (2019 to 2021). I am completing this DPhil as part of a NIHR Doctoral Fellowship.

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