Biography

Having qualified as a physiotherapist from Addenbrookes School of Physiotherapy in 1993 I went on to complete Junior and Senior physiotherapy rotations within the Norfolk and Norwich area. In 1997 I specialized in the management and treatment of people with acquired brain injury at what is now known as the Specialist Rehabilitation Services (SRS) in Norwich. In 2000 I started work as a Lecturer/Practitioner in Physiotherapy working between the SRS and the University of East Anglia (UEA). In 2005 I took up a full time post at the UEA as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy. I taught on both the BSc and pre registration MSC in Physiotherapy. I have taught physiology, neurophysiology and anatomy and neurology. In 2006 I became the Course Director for the BSc in Physiotherapy and was responsible for taking the course through a successful validation. In 2009 I decided to embark on a PhD and was subsequently seconded as a Research Associate to FeSTlvAlS (Functional Strength Training later after stroke) a study funded by The Stroke Association. I remain very involved in the teaching aspects of the School of Health Sciences and established and led an MSc in Stroke Recovery. I am currently the Course Director for the MSc in Clinical Research and Lead for the NIHR funded component of this course. Since the completion of my PhD I have obtained funding to develop a mobile application (an app) to deliver exercise programmes to people after stroke. I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology.  

Career History

Junior Physiotherapy rotations
01.09.93 – 01.10.93 Learning Disabilities Little Plumstead Hospital
04.10.93 – 04.02.94 Outpatients St Michael’s Hospital
07.02.94 – 03.06.94 Orthopaedics Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
06.06.94 – 03.02.95 Psychogeriatrics St. Andrew’s Hospital
10.10.94 – 03.02.95 Medical and Neurology Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
06.02.95 – 01.06.95 Learning Disabilities Little Plumstead Hospital

Senior Physiotherapy Rotations
June 95 – Feb 96 Rehab and Disability District Rehabilitation Centre
Feb 96 – Sept 97 Elderly Rehab Dereham Hospital
Sept 97 – May 98 Rehab and Disability District Rehabilitation Centre
May 98 – Sept 98 Musculoskeletal Dereham Hospital
Sept 98 – Sept 2000 Senior I at the District Rehabilitation Centre
Sept 2000 – Feb 2004 Lecturer Practitioner in Physiotherapy at RSC and the District Rehabilitation Centre, Norwich

Academic
Feb 2004 – date Lecturer in Physiotherapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Academic Background

  • 1993 Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy, Addenbrookes School of Physiotherapy, Cambridge
  • 2002 MSc in Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • 2014 PhD, University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • Grad Dip Phys
  • Member of the Health Professions Council

All Publications

Mares, K., Cross, J., Clark, A., Vaughan, S., Barton, G. R., Poland, F., Mcglashan, K., Watson, M., Myint, P. K., O’driscoll, M., Pomeroy, V. M.

(2014)

Feasibility of a randomized controlled trial of functional strength training for people between six months and five years after stroke: FeSTivaLS trial,

in Trials

15

article no. 322

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mares, K., Cross, J., Clark, A., Barton, G. R., Poland, F., O'Driscoll, M., Watson, M. J., McGlashan, K., Myint, P. K., Pomeroy, V. M.

(2013)

The FeSTivaLS trial protocol: A randomized evaluation of the efficacy of functional strength training on enhancing walking and upper limb function later post stroke,

in International Journal of Stroke

8

(5)

pp. 374-382

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mares, K., Cross, J., Clark, A., Barton, G., Poland, F., O'Driscoll, M., Watson, M., McGlashan, K., Myint, P., Pomeroy, V.

(2013)

The FeSTivaLS trial protocol: a randomized evaluation of the efficacy of functional strength training on enhancing walking and upper limb function later after stroke,

in International Journal of Stroke

8

(5)

pp. 374-382

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cowles, T., Clark, A., Mares, K., Peryer, G., Stuck, R., Pomeroy, V.

(2013)

Observation-to-Imitate Plus Practice Could Add Little to Physical Therapy Benefits Within 31 Days of Stroke: Translational Randomized Controlled Trial,

in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

27

(2)

pp. 173-182

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brown, S., Mcarthur, M., Mares, K., Watson, M.

(2011)

They think I'm drunk because I am staggering: A mixed method investigation of cerebellar ataxia and the effects of Dynamic Elastomeric Fabric Orthoses (DEFO) - Qualitative Study,

(Poster)

(Published)


Cooke, E., Mares, K., Clark, A., Tallis, R., Pomeroy, V.

(2010)

The effects of increased dose of exercise-based therapies to enhance motor recovery after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis,

in BMC Medicine

8

article no. 60

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cooke, E., Mares, K., Clark, A., Tallis, R., Pomeroy, V.

(2010)

Does Providing More Exercise-Based Therapy Enhance Motor Recovery After Stroke? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,

in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

91

(10)

pp. e25-e26

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Song, F., Jerosch-Herold, C., Harvey, I., Drachler, M., Holland, R., Mares, K.

(2006)

Statistical methods for analysing Barthel scores in trials of post-stroke interventions: a review and computer simulations,

in Clinical Rehabilitation

20

(4)

pp. 347-356

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Song, F., Jerosch-Herold, C., Harvey, I., Drachler, M., Holland, R., Mares, K.

(2005)

Can parametric statistical methods be used to analysis and present ordinal Barthel data in trials of post-stroke interventions,

(Other)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

I am interested in developing novel interventions the field of neurological physiotherapy, specifically interventions in people later after acquired brain injury involving the use of digital technology.

I have focussed on the development of Functional Strength Training as one intervention after stroke.

 

Teaching Interests

I am currently teaching on the BSc and MSc pre registration Physiotherapy Courses and the MSc in Stroke Recovery. 

Administrative Posts

  • Course Director for MSc Clinical Research
  • Lead for NIHR MSc Clinical Research