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Toby Smith

BSc (Hons), MCSP, MSc, MA, PhD

Senior Researcher in Rehabilitation

Toby's clinical and research interests centre on the management of older people with musculoskeletal disorders. He has a particular interest in the rehabilitation of people following hip fracture, hip/knee osteoarthritis and following lower limb joint replacement.

Toby's methodological expertise are in the conduct and reporting of clinical trials, as a team member for a number of national, multi-centre trials, investigating both surgical and non-surgical interventions for people with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Additional, he has expertise in systematic reviews (meta-analysis/meta-ethnography) and epidemiology, focusing on longitudinal data analyses of national cohorts.


After completing his training in physiotherapy in 2002, Toby specialised in musculosketal care, working in a number of clinical and research posts at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital until 2010. During this time, he completed a MSc in Research Methods (2007), and PhD where he investigated the assessment and treatment of people following patellar dislocation, under the supervision of Professor Simon Donell at the University of East Anglia (2012).

Toby joined NDORMS in 2018 after seven years at the University of East Anglia as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy, teaching pre- and post-registration health professionals (musculoskeletal care/research methods) and supervising PhD candidates.

In addition to his role at NDORMS, Toby is Associate Editor of The Knee journal. He is currently the OMERACT-OARSI Fellow for the Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Update Working Group. Toby regularly peer-reviews for a number of international academic journals, as well as funding organisations including the National Institute of Health Research and Arthritis Research UK.

Twitter: @tobyosmith


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