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Karen Barker


Clinical Director

Karen Barker trained at King's College Hospital, London qualifying in physiotherapy. She obtained a Masters Degree in Ergonomics from Loughborough University, a diploma in Biomechanics from Strathclyde University and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University researching muscle function and recovery associated with limb lengthening surgery.

Karen has held a number of clinical positions within London teaching hospitals before moving to Oxford in 1988 and joining the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. During this time Karen has worked in clinical posts, as a Smith & Nephew research fellow and as Head of Physiotherapy Services & Director of the Physiotherapy Research Unit since 2000. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles.

She currently holds the posts of Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Services at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre & Professional lead / Director of therapy Research. She also has an honorary research fellow post with the School of Health Care at Oxford Brookes and Senior Lecture post with School of Health Sciences at Birmingham University.

Karen is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Scientific Advisory committee.

Research Interests

  • Rehabilitation post arthroplasty
  • Physiotherapy interventions and effect of service delivery models
  • Non surgical management of chronic back pain.
  • Limb lengthening
  • Clinical trials in rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal conditions
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