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Dr Peter Worsley BSc, MCSP, PhD

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Dr Peter Worsley is a Associate Professor 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 Health Sciences, 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 developed an international reputation in the field, becoming a trustee of the EPUAP and a member of the editorial board of Journal of Tissue Viability.

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.

He is co-investigator in the EPSRC funded Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin NetworkPLUS working with colleagues from academia, industry and clinical practice.

Skin Measurement
Skin Measurement
Improving Respiratory Mask Design
Improving Respiratory Mask Design
Reducing Pressure Ulcer Development With Cervical Collars
Reducing Pressure Ulcer Development With Cervical Collars
Imaging Vulnerable Skin
Imaging Vulnerable Skin

Research interests

Previous projects have focused on assessment of knee replacement function, shoulder impingement interventions, and most recently skin health and pressure ulcers.

Current projects and research areas include:

Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin NetworkPLUS - to introduce cutting-edge technologies and scientific understanding in order to reduce the incidence of mechanical-induced damage of vulnerable skin caused by interventional medical devices in various clinical settings.

PROMISE - Pressure reduction through continuous monitoring in community settings (PROMISE): reducing and preventing avoidable and unavoidable pressure ulcers

EPSRC and NIHR Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF),  government fund to support cutting-edge technology that addresses challenges faced by artificial limbs in lower and middle income countries (LMICs). 

European Union funding with five other academic partners for an Innovative Training Network (ITN) " STINTS - Skin Tissue Integrity under Shear". Our specific focus is to develop physical and biomarker sensing for early detection of different forms of skin damage with the support from three Emerging Career Researchers (ECRs) who are being nurtured as future leaders of research in skin health.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment: PREVENTion and treatment of Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis through optimising care: development and feasibility of the IAD Manual (PREVENT-IAD)

Case PhDs

Clinical Academic PhDs


Research group

Skin Health

Research theme(s)

Fundamental Care

Active Living


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

Research project(s)

Improving Fundamental Care on Hospital Wards

This is a feasibility study for an intervention aiming to make fundamental care in acute hospitals more person-centred. It pairs the Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC) intervention with an adapted, co-produced version of the ‘TellUs’ card to support personalisation of fundamental care in hospital.

I have been an active member of the 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.

  • Co-leadership of the Skin Health research group, with Professor Dan Bader
  • Member of the School of Health Sciences research strategy group
  • Steering committee of the Institute for Life Sciences (IFLS), with representation from across the Life Sciences and our strategic theme areas. The role of the Committee is to advise on the operational engagement of the Institute for Life Sciences with the life sciences strategy across strategic themes and academic unit research.
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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.

Deputy Programme lead for the BSc and MSc physiotherapy programmes

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

Room Number : SGH/AA60/MP11

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