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Dr. Lindsey S. Cherry (nee Hooper) PhD, FFPM RCSP(Glasg.), FHEA, BSc (hons) Podiatry, BSc (hons) Sport Science

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Podiatric Rheumatology

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Dr Lindsey Cherry is a Clinical Academic Podiatrist, specialising in integrated research and education for the public, patients, and healthcare professionals. Lindsey has clinical expertise in foot health and rheumatic disease, which she combines with her research and education interest in supporting self-care to help people walk, work, and maintain their wellbeing.

Lindsey is a strong advocate for the advancement of clinical academic careers and continues to work with various agencies to promote, support and advance opportunities for Allied Health Professionals.

Just because our feet are often hidden, sharing innovative solutions for foot health needn’t be

As a Senior Lecturer within the University of Southampton and Advanced Practitioner & Rheumatology clinical lead for Solent NHS Trust, UK, Lindsey leads an integrated programme of research, education and clinical improvement, with specialist expertise in supporting self-management for active living, continued occupation and wellbeing.

Lindsey completed her PhD in the epidemiology of rheumatic foot disease and has remained active in the field of epidemiology, contributing foot health expertise to several international, longitudinal cohort studies. In her current work, Lindsey divides her time leading the multidisciplinary podiatric rheumatology service based at Portsmouth Hospital, and initiating, coordinating, and supervising research to support self-care. Working as part of the Activity Living and Rehabilitation research group, Lindsey is contributing to several studies which explore the impact of poor foot health on active living, continued occupation, and wellbeing.

Lindsey has innovated new learning and teaching approaches for foot health for members of the public, including the pilot of the NHS ‘Best Foot Forward’ personalised care workshops, and led the authorship of a range of public education resources. Lindsey teaches into undergraduate and post-graduate programmes across the schools of Medicine and Health Science and leads the undergraduate BSc Podiatry clinical skills module. In recognition of her research, leadership and teaching excellence Lindsey has been awarded Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Authority and Fellowship of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians (Glasgow).

Lindsey is member of the editorial board of the international Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and member of the UK National Institute for Health, Health Technologies Assessment, funding prioritisation committee for integrated health and social care. Lindsey is chair of the European League Against Rheumatism Foot and Ankle Study group, co-lead of the British Society for Rheumatology Foot and Ankle specialist interest group and academic advisor to the UK College of Podiatry musculoskeletal ultrasound group.

Lindsey has authored several peer reviewed publications, other medical papers and textbook chapters on foot health.

Research interests

  • Supporting self-management & self-care
  • Foot health
  • Active living & wellbeing
  • Health and wellbeing for continued occupation
  • Activation for self-care
  • Shared decision-making
  • Co-design and multi-stakeholder engagement
  • Epidemiology & large-scale survey
PhD supervision

Molly Smith (Clinical Academic PhD): The epidemiology of Achilles tendon pathology & co-design of pathways to improved patient care. Funded by HEE Clinical Research Doctoral Fellowship.

Laura Barrett (MRes): Exploring patient and practitioner activation during and after COVID-19.

PhD research

PhD title: ‘The epidemiology and clinical importance of forefoot bursae in patients with rheumatoid arthritis’

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Bowen, Dr Christopher Edwards & Professor Nigel Arden

Funding: NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (2009-2012)

Research projects

Co-design of clinical guidance, policy briefing and a ‘self-care toolkit’ for musculoskeletal foot problems

This is a multi-agency project, bringing together members of the public, clinicians, commissioners, voluntary & charity groups, and policy makers to co-design new solutions to support people to self-care for their foot health.

‘i-care’: development and evaluation of a novel self-care solution to support staff wellbeing

This is collaborative project between the University of Southampton and Solent NHS Trust to design, create, test, and implement a wellbeing app for all NHS staff.

Co-design of public information resources to support self-care for foot health: an international, multi-agency innovation project

This project brings together members of the public and experts from across Europe, along with representatives from various professional, voluntary, or charitable organisations to co-design and publish freely available public resources to support self-care for foot health.

An international survey of self-reported foot health and care needs during COVID-19

This international survey is designed to identify the global self-reported burden of foot health and care experienced during COVID-19. Potential associations between changes in activity levels, occupation, wellbeing, and foot health will be explored.

‘GLA:D feet’

Part of the long-running GLA:D study to explore group-based patient education integrated with exercise to support self-management for back pain, ‘GLA:D feet’ explores the potential role of foot health.

Research group

Active Living for Health

Research theme

Active Living

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Book Chapter

  • Cherry, L., Gates, L., & Bowen, C. (2019). Clinical assessment. In P. S. Helliwell, M. R. Backhouse, & H. J. Siddle (Eds.), Foot and Ankle in Rheumatology Oxford University Press.



  • BSc Podiatry programme clinical skills module lead.
  • Podiatry module representative for multidisciplinary undergraduate teaching in: Research Methods, Foundations in Health Sciences & Pain management.
Dr. Lindsey S. Cherry (nee Hooper)
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