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An innovative approach to exercise in residential care homes: What are the health and wealth gains?

This project involves national partners including academic and a private company which has recently been unsuccessful in applying for funding through the Dunhill Medical Trust. However, feedback was promising and now we are searching for another funding body to consider.

The project is looking at evaluating the health and economic impact of the exercise intervention provided by the private partner.


This is an ongoing initiative led by Associate Prof. Oscar Mwaanga and also involving Henry Dorling as part of his PhD.

Find out more about the project 

PhD Studentship in Physical activity in school aged children (primary school, 5 -12) 

The student completing this is Emmanuel Defever and I believe Michelle Jones and Steven Henderson are supervisors.

Resistance Exercise And Community Health (REACH) Project.  

This is a project involving both national and international collaborative partners currently being developed as a funding application to the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research.

It is looking to develop and trial a complex intervention aimed at initiating behaviour change to increase initiation and adherence to resistance exercise in the general population.

The Confident Carers Project 

The Confident Carers project gathered information for quantitative analysis through structured interviews on site at the UHSFT focusing on the Acute Medical Unit and Medicine for Older People. The interviews sought to ascertain the level of support carers felt were needed and which topics would be most beneficial in a carers’ educational programme.

The project also held semi-structured interviews with health professionals to garner ideas and suggestions in response to carers identified needs. The study’s partners intend to develop mechanisms to support the growth of confidence in carers and thereby promote the health and wellbeing of both carers and those being cared for as a long-term community impact.

The relationship between low-back pain, lumbar strength, and occupational type (clerical or manual) in University staff 

This is a RIKE funded project currently being led by James Fisher and involving myself to investigate whether LBP presences is impacted by occupational type and whether isolated lumbar extension strength mediates this relationship.

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