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Dr Katie Sheehan

Dr Katie Sheehan

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UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation and Health Services Research

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Dr Sheehan is a physiotherapists and health services researcher with experience from Ireland, Canada and the UK. She is the first physiotherapist to be awarded a prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

Dr Sheehan’s fellowship aims to improve patient outcomes of acute rehabilitation after hip fracture. Dr Sheehan will lead the first team to capitalise on national data and a strong patient voice to inform a stratified approach to rehabilitation. The feasibility of this approach will be tested in the clinical setting by 2024.

Dr Sheehan has a strong track record in secondary analysis of linked audit data to evaluate associations between access and delivery of rehabilitation and outcomes after hip fracture. Her teams work on early mobility and access to physiotherapy has informed quality improvement initiatives both nationally and internationally with funding support from the National Institute for Health Research and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust.

Dr Sheehan is a strong advocate for early career researchers having led the establishment of a set of Toolkits to better enable managers to support the development and progression of early career researchers funded by UKRI Development Network and in partnership with Vitae. The Toolkits are available here.

Dr Sheehan is available for PhD supervision.

Research interests:

  1. Access, delivery and outcomes of care after fragility fracture
  2. Stratified approaches to care after fragility fracture
  3. Observational data analysis (competing risk, prediction modelling, causal inference)