Examples of previous research Examples of previous research

SWIFT Cast Trial

  • Clinical efficacy of the Soft-Scotch Walking Initial FooT Cast  (SWIFT Cast) on walking recovery early after stroke and the neural-biomechanical correlates of response.
  • Funding: The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Program (MRC-funded, NIHR-managed).
  • Key Contact: Andrew Walker
  • Weakness of the leg and foot is common after stroke. This affects peoples' everyday lives. For example, being unable to cross the road in the time allowed at most Pelican crossings.

SCIPR

  • Supported Communication to Improve Participation in Rehabilitation of people with moderate-severe aphasia after stroke (SCIP-R)
  • Funding: NIHR's Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme
  • Key Contact: Simon Horton
  • About a third of people who have a stroke for the first time experience aphasia, a communication disorder affecting speaking, understanding, writing or reading. Aphasia is associated with longer stays in hospital and has severe consequences for all aspects of life. People with aphasia may not fully benefit from stroke rehabilitation for a number of reasons to do with their communication.
  • Here's a link to a video made about some of the findings from this study. Making the video was an opportunity to further involve people with aphasia as collaborators (PPI) as well as disseminating the findings to a lay and professional audience.

FeSTIvaLS

  • Funding: The Stroke Association
  • Key Contact: Kath Mares
  • Every day we need to perform a wide range of movements, such as walking, lifting, pushing, pulling, bending and twisting. The purpose of Functional Strength Training (FST) is to work to improve strength in a way that the activities of daily living are easier to perform.
  • This means practising tasks while gradually increasing the number of repetitions or making it harder bit by bit. FST is a progressive, resistive, low-intensity exercise.

RePed

  • Funding: PhD Project
  • Key Contact: Nicola Hancock
  • Objective and sensitive measurement of motor impairment after stroke in clinical settings is challenging. Clinical measures, e.g the Motricity Index (MI), do not provide i) biological insights into recovery or ii) information about movement performance during functional activities. Motion analysis systems are expensive and often inaccessible in clinical practice. This study is investigating test-retest reliability and concurrent validity of instrumented upright Pedalling (UP) on an exercise bike as a potential objective sensitive clinical measure of motor impairment.