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Dr Cheryl D Metcalf PhD, MSc, BA (Hons), SFHEA

Associate Director of Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange Framework Champion Faculty of Environmental & Life Sciences (FELS)

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Dr Metcalf is a Principal Enterprise Fellow within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. She also holds a Faculty-level position as Associate Director of Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange Framework Champion and previously held a prestigious Research Council's (UK) Roberts' Fellowship in Life Sciences Interface. She has an emerging international reputation in healthcare innovation and technology as evidenced by numerous guest lectures, keynotes and research collaborations.

She works specifically on the user-led design of innovation in health systems and technology. Over the years, her research has evolved to understand how health systems can and do support the people they serve, whether as a means to implementing new technological solutions to increase access, or by optimising parts of the service. With a diverse background spanning computer science, biomechanics, health sciences and an entrepreneurial spirit, she has developed a unique set of tools to work with stakeholders to understand their needs and support change embedded in values as perceived by users and influencers of the health system. She places a particular emphasis on working in a sustainable way with her project partners; always mindful that project research funding is transitory, and uses her experience in value-led design thinking and methods traditionally developed for business planning, to engage stakeholders to work toward transformative and innovative health systems. Much of this work is within the amputation rehabilitation sector, and spans UK and Lower- Middle-Income Country contexts.

I believe that in order to facilitate the next generation's healthcare provision, health systems and technologies must be capable of capturing and presenting clinically useful, personalised information to rehabilitationalists, patients and carers in environments that go beyond the traditional rehabilitation clinic; making access ubiquitous irrespective of location or personal finance, while maintaining a high-quality, sustainable service.

Dr Metcalf has a large international network of academic, industrial and clinical contacts. She is an inventor on 3 patent applications and has started two companies; one of which is a global exporter. She also works as a consultant helping organisations and individuals scope competitor markets to assess viability in new health technology domains.


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Research interests

My research interests in innovation in health systems and technology can generally be categorised into three areas:

  • Sustainable innovation in health systems
  • Prosthetics and amputation health outcomes
  • The relationship between skill acquisition and movement in hand biomechanics

I am accepting applications for PhD students in any of these areas.

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Research project(s)

A Joint Effort: Understanding Kneecaps Past and Present

University-level leadership roles:

  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account board
  • STFC Impact Acceleration Account board
  • Global Challenges Research Strategy board

Faculty-level leadership roles (Faculty of Environmental & Life Sciences): 

  • Associate Director of Enterprise
  • Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) champion
  • Research & Enterprise committee
  • Internationalisation committee

School-level leadership roles (School of Health Sciences): 

  • Research & Enterprise Group
  • Health Innovation Theme Lead (Education)
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Dr Metcalf is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and specialises in integrating Knowledge Exchange throughout her Education portfolio.


 TeamModule CodeModule/Programme TitleRole
Physiotherapy team (UG) PSIO3038 / PODY3012 /  OCCT3033 / HRPS3023 Future Professional Practice: Influencing Innovation & Change Module Lead
Other (UG) UOSM2031 Engineering Replacement Body Parts Lecturer
  NPCG1028 Global & Public Health Lecturer & Online Workbook Author
Physiotherapy team (PG) PSIO6038 Future Professional Practice: Influencing Innovation & Change Module Lead
  PSIO6034 Critical Enquiry Project supervisor
Amputation & Prosthetics team   MSc Amputation & Prosthetic Rehabilitation Deputy Programme Lead
  HLTH6160 Amputation & Prosthetic Use Deputy Module Lead
  HLTH6180 Contemporary Issues in Limb Loss  Module Lead
Other (PG) NPCG6000 Global & Public Health Lecturer & Online Workbook Author
Dr Cheryl D Metcalf
School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Environmental & Life Sciences (FELS), Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/Level 4

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