Christina Jerosch-Herold

Professor

  • 2.19 Queens Building

Accepting PhD Students

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Personal profile

Biography

Christina is Professor of Rehabilitation Research in the School of Health Sciences. An occupational therapists by background her clinical career started in the UK where she specialised as a hand therapist. It was during her clinical work with peripheral nerve injuries that she became particularly interested in the assessment of hand sensibility and hand function. This led her to study full-time for a Masters in Rehabilitation Studies at Southampton University before joining the newly established undergraduate programme for occupational therapy and physiotherapy at UEA in 1992. She completed a PhD in 2002 on the clinical assessment of peripheral nerve injuries in the hand. Christina has held a Career Development Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through which she has led research programmes aimed at improving outcomes for people with hand sensory disorders including carpal tunnel syndrome.

Christina is an NIHR Training Advocate and leads the Clinical Academic Careers East Hub (CLACEast) which manages the Health Education England regional internship and bridging scheme for nurses, midwifes and allied health professions. 

Specialisms

Occupational therapy; hand therapy; upper limb musculoskeletal rehabilitation; outcome measures; clinical trials

Research Group Membership

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Group Lead

Career

  Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

  • Diploma of College of Occupational Therapists
  • MSc in Rehabilitation Studies, Southampton University
  • PhD University of East Anglia
  • Member of the British Association of Hand Therapist
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of the Society for Rehabilitation Research

 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My  research interests lie in the area of hand rehabilitation and the development of  evidence-based approaches to clinical assessment and treatment of upper limb neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.  Through strong collaborative partnerships with upper limb surgeons and therapists regionally, nationally and internationally a programme of research has been developed which is designed to address the following key questions:

  • Which clinical tests and patient-rated outcome measures should be used in clinical trials of interventions for rehabilitation of upper extremity disorders?
  • What is the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of surgical and therapy interventions for specific disorders in the upper limb?
  • How effective are existing surgical and hand therapy interventions in improving functioning and minimising disability in neuro-musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity
     

Recent projects completed include:

A multi-centre prospective cohort study to identify prognostic factors for successful outcome after steroid injection and surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and predictors of cost

Developmemt and validation of a hand nerve disorder specific patient-reported outcome measure (I-HaND)

A pilot randomised controlled trial of sensory relearning to improve tactile sensibility and hand function after carpal tunnel decompression

 

Grants/Funding

2019 - 2023  NIHR Health Technology Assessment funded trial on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of surgical and non-surgical treatment for proximal phalanx shaft fractures (POINT trial)

2019 - 2023  NIHR Health Technology Assessment funded trial on digital nerve repair (NEON)

2013 - 2017  NIHR Senior Research Fellowship for 5 year programme entitled: Improving the clinical management of carpal tunnel syndrome’  

2011 - A pilot study of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of Multi-compartment Medication Devices , Health Technology Assessment  

2009 - NIHR Career Development Fellowship for 3 year programme entitled:  Enhancing sensory and motor recovery after carpal tunnel decompression 

2007 - SCoRD trial (Splinting after Contracture Release for Dupuytren’s: pragmatic, multi-centre, randomized controlled trial) funded for 3 years by Action Medical Research charity 

Research Group Membership


PhD supervision

Current PhD students:

Caroline Miller 'Development of a core outcome set for Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injuries'  NIHR ICA CDRF

Susan de Klerk (PhD candidate) 'outcome measures in hand rehabilitation'  Stellenbosch University, South Africa

I am interested in hearing from those wishing to undertake doctoral studies in the fields of musculoskeletal upper limb disorders, hand therapy, rehabilitation and outcome measures development.

Previous PhD students:

2019 PhD Leanne Miller 'The assessment and treatment of sub-acute hand oedema' NIHR ICA CDRF

2017 PhD Mark Ashwood 'Development and Validation of a condition-specific patient-reported outcome measures for hand nerve disroders: the I-HaND scale'

2015 PhD Rachel Chester 'Shoulder pain:prognostic factors for physiotherpay treatment' (NIHR Clinical Academic Doctoral Fellowship)

2011  MPhil  Carol Payne ‘The assessment of outcome for musculoskeletal shoulder pain’

2010 PhD   Elisabeth Candy  ‘Adolescent back pain’

 

External Activities

 

 

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