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Dr Peter Worsley BSc, MCSP, PhD


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Dr Peter Worsley is a Lecturer within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Medical devices can provide lifesaving interventions, but are often implicated in damaging vulnerable skin tissues.

His research and clinical experience has fuelled a passion for scientific understanding of key healthcare challenges. During his early research years he has gained experience in in-vivo (healthy volunteers and patient studies) and in-silico research techniques, funded by both industry (DePuy Research Consortium) and clinical partners (Solent NHS Trust).

In 2012 he joined a new Skin Health Research group within the Faculty of Health Sciences (FoHS), where he is responsible for efficient functioning of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and supervising student researchers, including PhDs, masters and internships. He is a local leader of the South Central Hub of the Council of Allied Health Professionals Research (CAHPR), participating in national strategy meetings. He has also developed an international presence through co-organising scientific conferences, for example the second Focus meeting of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), hosted by UoS in April 2014.

His research incorporates a multidisciplinary approach including academics from UoS, the UK, and an increasing number of international collaborators. His skills include physiological and biomechanical monitoring, imaging of musculoskeletal tissues and computational techniques to predict robust parameters which characterise medical device-body interactions. His research has been supported by UKRCs, NIHR, local University funding, NHS Trusts (PhD studentships) and industry’






Research interests

My research focus is in translational research in the health care setting. My particular focus sounds the biomechanical and neurophysiological mechanisms of injury.
Previous projects have focused on assessment of knee replacement function, shoulder impingement interventions, and most recently skin health and pressure ulcers.

Research group

Fundamental Care and Safety

Affiliate research groups

Continence Technology and Skin Health Cluster, Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network, Institute for Life Sciences, Musculoskeletal Project Cluster, Council of Allied Health Professions Research , Southampton Shadow Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (sMBRU), Bioengineering Science, Active Living and Rehabilitation

I have been an active member of the Faculty of Health Sciences ethics committee for several years. I have also contributed to the admissions process for both the Physiotherapy and Health Scientists courses at the university.



I am the module co-ordinator for the Principles of Physiotherapy Practice which aims to teach pre-registration BSc and MSc physiotherapy student’s specific assessment, practical /clinical skills and treatment modalities appropriate to the physiotherapy treatment of a selection of simple neuromusculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions.

I also lecture on the Health Scientists course on pathophysiology of common diseases and I tutor several Action Learning Groups in research methods.

Dr Peter Worsley
Faculty of Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:SGH/AA98/MP11

Telephone:(023) 8120 8287

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