Cahpr Research Paper

The Southern Central CAHPR Hub facilitators are physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthoptists, radiographers and podiatrists who are actively involved in research.  


Professor Jo Adams is an occupational therapist employed by the University of Southampton as a Senior Lecturer and Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy.

Her research interests include: Research into clinical effectiveness of rehabilitation for people with musculoskeletal conditions. Development of research methods learning and teaching. The educational and professional development needs of health and social care practitioners and the clinical effectiveness of hand therapy/surgery.



Dr Peter Worsley is a physiotherapist who is employed at the University of Southampton as a Senior Research Fellow.

His main research interests include assessment of function using clinical and laboratory measures with particular focus on biomechanical and physiological measures. He has previously focused on musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis and shoulder impingement, and is now researching skin heath and related injuries, such as pressure sores. Peter is currently the co-leader for the SCAHRPN hub.



Dr Cathy Bowen is a podiatrist employed at the University of Southampton and currently holder of an NIHR Career Development Fellowship award.

Catherine has led the developments of ultrasound imaging techniques applied to the foot and ankle and continues to make a significant contribution to the development of research within podiatry. Catherine currently sits on CAHPR strategy Board as the UK College of Podiatry representative.



Dr Fiona Mellor is a Research and Quality manager in in Radiotherapy at Poole hospital.

Fiona is a diagnostic radiographer who completed her NIHR funded PhD in 2014. She worked with the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic to help develop quantitative fluoroscopy for measuring dynamic spinal motion, and used this tool to determine differences between healthy volunteers and those with back pain.  She is now the research and quality manager for radiotherapy at the Dorset Cancer Centre in Poole Hospital. She also regularly undertakes bank shifts as a CT specialist and emergency department radiographer. Thus her interests are far and wide and spread from musculoskeletal work, all aspects of diagnostic imaging, particularly in research, and more recently cancer research involving radiotherapy. As well as being a facilitator for CAHPR, she is a trustee for the Radiological Research Trust, an associate fellow of the Anglo European College of Chiropractic, and a reviewer for a number of journals.



Dr Charlotte (Lotty) Brooks is the Macmillan Cancer Rehabilitation lead and teaching fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Charlotte recently completed a clinical academic doctoral research fellowship. This involved using qualitative methodology to identify the facilitators and barriers to meeting older adults’ health literacy needs in clinical practice. Charlotte is an occupational therapist and obtained a BSc degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southampton in 2011. Charlotte believes in the importance of developing clinically relevant research, with a focus on enhancing the quality and effectiveness of healthcare provision.


Dr Lisa Roberts has a joint appointment as an Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and Consultant Physiotherapist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

She currently holds a National Institute for Health Research Senior Clinical Lectureship (2013-19). The focus of her academic and clinical work is promoting musculoskeletal health and her research priorities include: communication and decision-making; improving patient experience; and promoting independence using technologies for people with back pain.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, past President of the Society for Back Pain Research, a member of the Eurospine Membership Committee, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2017 won the inaugural NIHR /HEE ‘Research Champion’ Advancing Healthcare Award

Professor Maria Stokes is a physiotherapist and clinical physiologist by background, and is Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Her research interests are in active living and healthy ageing of the musculoskeletal system, and physical management of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders. Maria is currently on the core executive committee of the national AHPRN.


AHP professors met at the inaugural CAHPR meeting on 8 July 2014

CAHPR is supported by 13 AHP organisations, listed below. The council comprises a strategy committee, a professoriate and a UK-wide regional hub network.

With excellent opportunities for learning, sharing, networking, collaborations and access to advice and support, CAHPR strengthens the professions’ research activities and outputs facilitating the translation of research findings into practice and education.

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Find out about CAHPR's achievements in 2016 in the annual report here.


CAHPR Member Organisations

  • British and Irish Orthoptic Society
  • College of Paramedics
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Society and College of Radiographers
  • The College of Podiatry
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • The British Dietetic Association
  • The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists
  • British Association of Art Therapists
  • The British Association for Music Therapy
  • The British Association of Dramatherapists
  • Institute of Osteopathy 


The council was created by bringing together the Research Forum for Allied Health Professionals (RFAHP) and the Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN).

Research Forum for Allied Health Professionals (2000)

The RFAHP was established in November 2000, supported by the AHP federation, as a UK-wide organisation with representatives from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The overall vision of the RFAHP was to ensure that 'all AHP practice will be knowledge and evidence-based within a respected culture of high quality research’.

Allied Health Professions Research Network (2004)

The Allied Health Professions Research Network was created in response to interest from other professions in the National Physiotherapy Research Network (NPRN), a network which was created in 2004, through the collaboration of 4 Universities and the CSP.

Its vision was to create a network of nationwide hubs with expertise in facilitating research. In 2011 the NPRN was expanded to become inclusive of all AHPs with the revised aim to increase research capability and capacity within and between professions and thus became the AHPRN. In 2013 it had built up a network of 21 UK wide regional hubs.

Now, the AHPRN has come together with the Research Forum for Allied Health Professionals to create the Council for Allied Health Professions.


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