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Appointment of Chair in Rehabilitation and Head of Academic Physiotherapy Department

Appointment of Chair in Rehabilitation and Head of Academic Physiotherapy Department

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Catherine Sackley as the new Chair in Rehabilitation and Head of Academic Physiotherapy Department, following the retirement of Professor Sheila Kitchen. 

Professor Sackley will join King’s in October from the University of East Anglia where she has been Professor of Rehabilitation Research since 2012. Previously she has held posts at the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford.  An NIHR Senior Investigator and rehabilitation researcher, Professor Sackley trained as a physiotherapist. Her research focuses on the problems experienced by older people with stroke and neurological diseases living in the community.  She employs mixed methodologies and she is very experienced in randomised trials of complex interventions. Her work has informed practice, particularly for the residents of care homes and addresses common daily problems such as, difficulties with mobility incontinence, and other activities of daily living.  

The Department delivers both undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes in physiotherapy, which were rated top in London by the NHS this year with a 100% performance rating.

The Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, Professor Simon Howell said on the appointment: ‘Catherine Sackley is an eminent researcher in the field of rehabilitation research. We are very much looking forward to welcoming her to the Faculty and to her leadership of our outstanding physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate programmes’.