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I joined BU in November 2006. Prior to that I had worked at the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Southampton. Initially I worked in the research unit and latterly teaching on the neurology module for years 2 and 3 in the BSc and MSc programmes. My research experience is varied and spans over several years. My most recent experience was working on an RCT testing a Physiotherapy intervention with people with PD who fall. I have publications from this work which you will find on this profile
I am a physiotherapy lecturer and part time PhD student. My current PhD research is looking at a home based physiotherapist led intervention using the Nintendo Wii to facilitate people with early stage Multiple Sclerosis to exercise. The focus of this work has been the development and testing of this intervention in a pilot/feasibly study. The study uses a mixed methods design as well as service user input.
Within the physiotherapy team I am the placements co-ordinator and I teach on a variety of units that utilise my clinical and research skills and experience.
- Thomas, S., Fazakarley, L., Thomas, P.W., Brenton, S., Collyer, S., Perring, S., Scott, R., Galvin, K. and Hillier, C., 2014. Testing the feasibility and acceptability of using the Nintendo Wii in the home to increase activity levels, vitality and well-being in people with multiple sclerosis (Mii-vitaliSe): protocol for a pilot randomised controlled study. BMJ Open, 4 (5), e005172.
- Pickering, R.M., Fitton, C., Ballinger, C., Fazakarley, L. and Ashburn, A., 2013. Self reported adherence to a home-based exercise programme among people with Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord, 19 (1), 66-71.
- Pickering, R.M., Fitton, C., Ballinger, C., Fazakarley, L. and Ashburn, A., 2013. Self reported adherence to a home-based exercise programme among people with Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 19 (1), 66-71.
- Fazakarley, L. and Allen, R., 2010. A multidisciplinary methodology for the evaluation of products that assist with bed mobility. Assist Technol, 22 (2), 69-78.
- Ashburn, A., Stack, E., Ballinger, C., Fazakarley, L. and Fitton, C., 2008. The circumstances of falls among people with Parkinson's disease and the use of Falls Diaries to facilitate reporting. Disabil Rehabil, 30 (16), 1205-1212.
- Ashburn, A., Pickering, R.M., Fazakarley, L., Ballinger, C., McLellan, D.L. and Fitton, C., 2007. Recruitment to a clinical trial from the databases of specialists in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord, 13 (1), 35-39.
- Ashburn, A., Fazakarley, L., Ballinger, C., Pickering, R., McLellan, L.D. and Fitton, C., 2007. A randomised controlled trial of a home based exercise programme to reduce the risk of falling among people with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 78, 678-684.
- Thomas, S. et al., 2015. Mii-vitaliSe - Development of a physiotherapist-supported Nintendo Wii (TM) intervention to encourage people with multiple sclerosis to become more active in the home. In: Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis 7-10 October 2015 Barcelona. 775.
Profile of Teaching UG
- Exercise Movement and Rehabilitation (level 4)
- Community Rehabilitation (level 5)
- Progressing physiotherapy (level 6)
- MA in Health and Social Care Education (Bournemouth University, 2007)
- MSc in Rehabilitation Counselling (Brunel University, 1997)
- Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (Bristol School of Physiotherapy, 1993)
- The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Fellow (2007-2016),
- Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy, Member (1983-2016), http://www.csp.org.uk/
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Member,