Jonathan Larner


  • 1.14 Queens Building

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Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Health related issues, such as public health and wellbeing; sports injuries; physiotherapy related topics, such as injury, rehabilitation, etc.

Teaching Interests

Jon's teaching mainly covers the areas outlined earlier for the undergrad. and post-grad. pre-reg. physiotherapy programmes. He has also taught sports injuries on the post-reg. post-grad. musculoskeletal MSc course.

Administrative Posts

  • Course Director for the MSc Physiotherapy Programme

Academic Background

  • MSc in Health Sciences - UEA, Norwich
  • Post graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice - UEA, Norwich
  • Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy – Oswestry & N. Staffs School of Physiotherapy



  • Anglian Water, Norwich - Laboratory Technician: 1985-1987.
  • Life Science Research Institute, Occold, Suffolk -: Data      collator: 1983-1985.

After leaving school Jon worked for local companies LSR and Anglian Water for 6 years before training to become a physiotherapist. Following qualification Jon was employed on an NHS physiotherapist rotation scheme gaining experience in a variety of healthcare settings across the Norwich area.

His first senior post was a musculoskeletal rotation between out-patients, orthopaedics and rheumatology at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Trust (NNUH). After 3 years in this role he took a Senior I position in Orthopaedics at the NNUH, working predominantly on the trauma wards.

During this time Jon gained part time experience working for Norwich Rugby Football Club, covering games and running mid-week clinics. In 1998 following the creation of the Football Association Academy system for youth football, Jon joined Norwich City as their Academy Physiotherapist. This role involved looking after the health and well-being of around 120 elite young footballers between the ages of 9 and 16.

In 2001 Jon joined BUPA Hospital Norwich as Physiotherapy Manager and subsequently became Paramedical Services Manager with line-management responsibility for diagnostic imaging, pathology, pharmacy and health screening, in addition to physiotherapy.

Jon joined the UEA as a lecturer in 2005, where he has been ever since. He is currently the undergraduate course director for physiotherapy and team lead for the rehabilitation strand of ATS staff. Jon has a special interest in service improvement and became a Fellow of the NHS Improvement Faculty in 2010.

In 2013 Jon became a member of the clinical board of Ipswich based company IPRS, a role which he conducts on a consultancy basis.


Key Research Interests

Along with students from the MSc programme in Physiotherapy Jon has been working with Norwich City F.C for the past 3 years on a range of research projects. These cover topics such as:

  • Hydration, fatigue and injury in elite youth football.
  • Growth, maturation and injury.
  • Ankle injury risk factors and patterns within elite youth football.
  • Mental toughness and its impact on injury reporting amongst elite youth footballers
  • Somatotype grading and its link with the incidence of injury in elite youth football. 
  • Biobanding and injury prevention.
  • Return to training tests for elite youth football.


Jon is a physiotherapist by profession and has worked clinically in the field of musculoskeletal and sports injuries for many years within the Norwich area. Prior to moving into education Jon worked in the NHS, independent healthcare and in professional sport. Although he teaches across a number of areas and programmes, Jon’s main clinical interest lies in sports injuries. He also has a passion for all aspects of professional development, change management and service improvement.  

Jon is a family man, married to a physiotherapist with 2 children. He is a governor of a local primary school in Norfolk.

Teaching Interests

  • Sports injuries
  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Service improvement
  • Team working
  • Professional development (including reflective practice, learning contracts, self-awareness
  •  and professionalism)
  • Change management
  • Quality and value in healthcare

Jon would be willing to supervise PGR students in the following areas:

  • Sports injuries
  • Football
  • Physical activity and health promotion
  • Service improvement
  • Change management

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Member of the Clinical Board , IPRS Group Ltd

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