Hannah Young qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2005 and joined the Leicester Kidney Lifestyle Team in 2011 to develop and implement a programme of exercise delivered during haemodialysis. Hannah provides advice and support to renal units trying to implement similar programmes nationally and internationally.
In 2013, Hannah was awarded an MSc in Physiotherapy with distinction from the University of Nottingham. In her role as a Specialist Physiotherapist at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, she has led projects designed to develop, test and implement novel rehabilitation strategies for people living with advanced kidney disease. Most recently she has established a therapy service within the existing advanced kidney care clinic to proactively supports people to maintain or improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
In 2021 she completed an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship, hosted by the University of Leicester. This work focused upon understanding frailty, falls and the role of exercise in haemodialysis patients. The same year she moved to Leicester Diabetes Centre and completed an NIHR Development and Skills Enhancement Award. Her research interests include frailty, cardiorenal metabolic multi-morbidity, physical activity, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation and she has a particular passion for mixed methods research, clinical trials and patient and public involvement. In 2023 she was awarded an advanced NIHR fellowship to develop and test a tailored 24-hour health behaviour programme for people living with frailty and multiple long-term conditions, and their carers.